You Need This: Last of the Muscular Firebirds

Ed
By Ed Higginbotham
Nov 30, 2017 | Pontiac

1974 was the last year that Pontiac was able to unleash real muscle before being choked by emissions laws. This 1974 Trans Am SD is the real deal: 455 cubic-inch V8, custom touches and modifications, and lots of attitude. Leadfoot Muscle Cars is offering it for $34,900.

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Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
11/30/17 1:58 p.m.

Even in 1974, Pontiac found a way to make a fun, fast car.  Shame they are gone now.   

 

 

Trans_Maro
Trans_Maro PowerDork
11/30/17 11:32 p.m.

I was thinking the price was low for a genuine SD-455 but it's got the wrong engine and a mismatched interior.

The cowl tag and build sheet jive but without seeing a picture of the VIN tag and how it's installed, who knows what it really is.

Price is ok but don't buy it for investment value, it's missing about $10k worth of Super Duty.

codrus
codrus GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
12/1/17 12:09 a.m.

Hm.  I would have thought the WS6 with its LS1 would count as "real muscle", but... :)

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS Dork
12/1/17 4:51 a.m.

Nice one

Daylan C
Daylan C SuperDork
12/1/17 6:17 a.m.

In reply to codrus :

You mean it handled better, ran as fast if not faster, was screwed together slightly better and was actually a tolerable thing to live with? Berk all that, wasn't a big block. 

NOT A TA
NOT A TA Dork
12/1/17 8:17 a.m.

455 wasn't a big block, same size block as a 350, 400 etc.   And ya, a 4th gen with LS could out perform in pretty much every category so when I read the title I figured we'd be looking at one of the 4th gens.

SEADave
SEADave HalfDork
12/1/17 11:40 a.m.

I read the ad carefully, sounds like they are saying that the car itself is/was a real SD 455 car, but that it now has a-non original  but period-correct 455 HO casting (485428) engine.   Which makes sense because really nice 74 SD's are now easily six-digit cars.   In any case, looks like a nice driver-quality car that will make someone happy.   

Fun fact - the RPO for that SD 455 engine was LS2, so you could LS swap your LS2 if that's what you want!   

Will
Will UltraDork
12/1/17 5:14 p.m.
Daylan C said:

In reply to codrus :

You mean it handled better, ran as fast if not faster, was screwed together slightly better and was actually a tolerable thing to live with? Berk all that, wasn't a big block. 

Let's not get carried away here.

The 4th-gen F-body is a miserable vehicle wrapped around a great engine/trans and a "well, if you have to have a solid axle, you could do a lot worse" suspension.

Daylan C
Daylan C SuperDork
12/1/17 6:21 p.m.

In reply to Will :

90s GM is definitely an improvement from 70s GM. I'm not saying it's good I'm saying it's better.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
12/1/17 6:42 p.m.
SEADave said:

I read the ad carefully, sounds like they are saying that the car itself is/was a real SD 455 car, but that it now has a-non original engine that was built to 455 SD specs.   Which makes sense because really nice 74 SD's are now easily six-digit cars.   In any case, looks like a nice driver-quality car that will make someone happy.   

Fun fact - the RPO for that SD 455 engine was LS2, so you could LS swap your LS2 if that's what you want!   

That's my read on it as well...they kind of dance around saying the engine is an actual SD, and the price is too low for a real, numbers matching SD.

A friend of mine has a '74 SD455 Trans Am in the same color; he bought it new and today it only has something in the range of 25,000 miles on the odometer.  It's a pretty valuable car.

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