1971 Trans Am MCACN Winner
This 1971 Trans Am has a long list of accomplishements. 1971 was the second year of production for this second generation of Firebird and the first year of the availablity of the 455 engine. It is 1 of 885 produced with 455/335 HP code:WC HO big block engine and M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission. As in the previous year, only two colors were available for the 1971 Trans Am and this one is Cameo White with Black deluxe interior and it is equipped with power steering and brakes and the power is driven through a 3.42 posi-traction rear end. It has undergone a complete frame off nut and bolt restoration and is complete with PHS documentation. At the 2015 MCACN show, it was a Stock Concours Gold award winner and it also achieved 1st place in class at the 2016 Trans Am Nationals. Mecum Auctions offered this 1971 Firebird Trans Am and here is what they had to say about it.
This 1971 Trans Am is the winner of the 2015 MCACN Stock Concours Gold Award and was awarded 2016 Trans Am Nationals 1st Place in Class. The 1971 Trans Am was a force to be reckoned with and was the first Pontiac in years to surpass the GTO as Pontiac’s top performer. The 1970 model year saw a redesign to a true fastback coupe, and with its full-width front and rear spoilers and wheel-well “spats” was much flashier than its Z28 counterpart. The popularity of the 1970 model allowed Pontiac to focus on performance for the next model year and they delivered. With this focus on performance, Pontiac decided to offer the Trans Am in only two colors scheme: white with a blue contrasting stripe, or blue with a white contrasting stripe.
The Trans Am in 1971 was offered with only one engine, a 455 CI High Output V-8. The 455 HO was created by utilizing the cylinder heads and camshaft from the previous year’s Ram Air III and the aluminum intake manifold from the Ram Air IV. The engine had a lower compression ratio that allowed it to run more consistently and on a wider range of fuels, but it also delivered 335 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque. This 1971 Pontiac Trans Am has undergone a frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration and is one of only 885 produced with the 455 HO V-8 and the optional M22 “Rock Crusher” heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission. A 10-bolt Safe-T-Track 3.42:1 CJG differential sends power to the Goodyear Polyglas GT F60-15 tires.
The Cameo White paint with blue stripe is combined with 15×7-inch JW Rally II wheels, front and rear spoilers and a rear-facing Shaker hood scoop to leave no doubt that a Trans Am is present. The black deluxe interior is finished beautifully and features an engine-turned dashboard insert, radio, roll-down windows and a Formula steering wheel. Front disc brakes help keep this beast under control, while power steering guides it in the right direction. PHS documentation is included.