Lot 34

2013   |   Amelia Island Auction 2013

1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Super Duty 455

SOLD $165,000


$150,000 - $200,000



Car Highlights

Considered the Last Great American Muscle Car
Powerful Competition-Derived Big Block Engine
One of Only 72 Four-Speed Trans Am SD 455s Built in 1973
Finished in Cameo White with Iconic “Big Bird” Hood Decal
Faithfully Restored Example Ideal for Show or Tour
Offered with Matching-Numbers Engine Block and Owner’s Manuals
Fully Documented by PHS Automotive Services, Inc.

Technical Specs

455 CID OHV Super Duty V-8 Engine
Single Rochester 4-Barrel Carburetor
290 BHP (Estimated 350 BHP) at 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Wide-Ratio Manual Gearbox
Front-Vented Disc Brakes, Rear Drums
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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According to PHS Automotive Services, Inc., this Pontiac Firebird was originally ordered by the Cerami Pontiac Corporation of Paramus, New Jersey, and equipped with the best high- performance options available.

Originally finished in Cameo White with black bucket seats, this car was specified as a Trans Am and optioned with the legendary Super Duty 455 engine, wide-ratio four-speed gearbox, heavy-duty radiator, heavy-duty battery, tintedglass,engineturnedinstrumentpanel, stereo radio, roof molding, lamp group, and padded Formula steering wheel. With nearly every expensive option selected, this Firebird cost its original owner more than $5,200.

Always kept in appreciative hands, this highly optioned Firebird Trans Am was owned by Dan Mazzoncini and noted Pontiac collector Stephen Lesko before being acquired by the current owner, a knowledgeable collector and vintage racer.

According to the consignor, this exceptional Super Duty 455 retains its original body panels and benefits from a complete rotisserie restoration performed by Cummins Restoration of Grand Haven, Michigan. Accompanied by its original matching-numbers engine block, the Trans Am is currently powered by a correct Super Duty 455 rebuilt by Joe Caroto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This rare Firebird Trans Am possesses all the qualities that collectors look for in an important Pontiac muscle car and is also offered with a full PHS report and owner’s manuals.

In total, Pontiac built just over 4,800 Firebird Trans Ams for the 1973 model year. Of those, only 252 examples were optioned with the top-of-the-line Super Duty 455, and from this limited supply a mere 72 were further equipped with the desirable four-speed manual gearbox. Among the best of a very rare breed, this four- speed SD 455 represents the ultimate in Pontiac performance and remains one of the most iconic American muscle cars ever built.