Sure the first gen cars are OK looking and the third generation cars have their place with the fourth gen Trans Ams landing at the tail end of the discussion but let’s be honest you are looking at pure beauty right here. Let’s just all agree that 1973 is the best looking model year for the Trans-Am ever, ok? This car is a perfect example of why. An original 455 4-speed car from the factory, it has been recently repainted and touched up but other than that, it is exactly as it rolled out of the Norwood plant all of those years ago. Why do I think that ’73 is the best looking model year for the Trans-Am? I don’t think, I know. It was the first year of the Screaming Chicken on the hood. It was the first year for the egg crate grill inserts, and it was the last year for the beautifully rounded front end before the angular 1974 nose came out and things slid down hill from there.
This is one of 4,802 Trans-Ams sold in 1973 and it is rarer yet because it is a 455 4-speed car. The ad claims that it is one of less than 2,000 built that year and we can believe it. Since these guys have all the information from the original bill of sale, they got good numbers from the Pontiac Historical Service about the car, which was apparently well cared for and owned by an older woman for about 30 years before the shop bought it and cleaned it up, repainted it, and made it look how you see it here. By 1973 this color was no longer called Carousel Red, Pontiac was calling it Buccaneer Red and it looks flipping awesome.The chin spoiler and fender spats really give these cars a wider presence that you do not see in the Esprit models or the non Trans-Am variants.
Yes, the horsepower had nosed down in 1973. The big 455 was making 250hp per the factory, which was a lower rating than the thing actually made but not that far off. The good news is that it would be easy to get some compression back in this thing, get a decent camshaft in it and wake it right the hell up again. That’s what we would do.
So go ahead and argue against me. Tell me that ’73 isn’t the best looking Trans Am ever. You are entitled to your opinion, even if it is wrong.