What’s It Worth? 1973 Pontiac Trans Am

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I’m somewhat self-conscious about how much I love old license plates. As it stands right now, I’m trying to figure out the most economical way to assemble a collection of different Florida specialty plates without spending a fortune. That’s why I am way too distracted by this 1973 Pontiac Trans Am, as its California “Sunset” plate is one of my favorite designs and the vanity inscription just makes for a great story. Find “Lady455” here on eBay with bids over $7K and no reserve.

The Trans Am has been sitting for ten years and the seller has no title. However, he has owned it for 20 yearsso it would seem he (or she) would know something about the Pontiac’s history. Those license plates indicate female ownership to me, and a proud one at that given the reference to the standard-issue 455 found in most Trans Ams of this period. Despite the pine needles and damage to the front valence, the Trans Am appears to be holding up OK cosmetically.

Structurally is a different story, but I can’t believe a California car like this has floors in terrible condition. Still, it’s a question worth asking, as many unloved muscle cars of this era are in need of new floor panels. The interior is in surprisingly decent condition despite the years of outdoor storage, including a steering wheel with good leather, a dash that hasn’t been hacked up (but is cracked), and a center console that looks to be in good shape.

The un-marked condition of the door panels furthers the notion that the Trans Am was loved at one point, which makes it even more of a shame to see it left to brave the elements outside. The seller notes there’s a 30-day limit to removing the car from the property, which makes me wonder if this is an estate clean-out or foreclosure auction, given the lack of information is a hallmark of either type of sale. Should it clear $10K in this condition?

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  1. Rob

    I did at one time own a 1973 Trans Am w/455 SD engine, turbo 400 automatic in Buccaneer red with black interior, and RTS suspension package. So I can state that I don’t believe that this is a 1973 as stated. They might want to do some research before posting.

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  2. Dan

    The nose is not a ’73 but might have been bumped and changed.

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  3. Rob

    Don’t forget the tail lights. The Ebay ad made a correction for the year. But I would still be leery to buy without a title for that kind of money.

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  4. A-body Fan

    I couldn’t stand the aggravation of dealing with New York DMV on having no title and I’d prefer to spend more on a better loved car. Great year Trans Am and excellent road manners, 455 made it all fun to. The 1974 Catalog is still in my memory! Beautiful photography.

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  5. OhU8one2

    It’s a 74 model, possibly built in 1973..

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  6. Nick

    It’s a 1975. At 7500 now, about what it’s worth.

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    • steve

      Nick,the rear window says its a 74

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  7. A-body Fan

    At the rate we’re going, by dinner time it’ll be a 1980 with a turbo 301 with a clean title.

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  8. Robert Sabatini

    1974 or earlier with the tell-tale rear window. 1975 was the first year for wrap-around rear window!

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    • Nick

      Yep. With a 455 according to the VIN.

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  9. David Zornig

    It’s confirmed as a `74 as the seller added the Vin# on the link now.
    Here it is with a Pontiac Decoder link.



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  10. Saylor

    Could have at least cleaned the pine needles off !!! Sheesh

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    • Mike

      Wipe the needles off. Why give a buyer a reason to not bid higher?

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  11. Dennis

    V.I.N. says it all….. 1974 455 yes, but $7500 ? They’re always rustier than they look.

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  12. Little_Cars AlexanderMember

    Anybody wonder what the little black box is on the drivers side door panel? The panel appears to have been replaced as it couldn’t possible look that good with the rest of the car being somewhat shabby. $7500 is all the money.

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  13. Brendon

    would be worth it if it was a ’73. They’re getting hard to come by

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