Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air III
The Pontiac Firebird was built by the Pontiac division of General Motors between 1967 and 2002. The Firebird was introduced the same year as the automaker's platform-sharing model, the Chevrolet Camaro. This coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, which shared its platform with another pony car, the Ford Mustang.
The vehicles were powered by various four-cylinder, six-cylinder, and V8 engines sourced from several GM divisions. While primarily Pontiac-powered until 1977, Firebirds were built with several different engines from nearly every GM division until 1982 when GM began to discontinue engines it felt were unneeded and either spread successful designs from individual divisions among all divisions or use new engines of corporate architecture.
The second generation debut for the 1970 model year was delayed until February 26, 1970, because of tooling and engineering problems; thus, its popular designation as a 1970½ model, while leftover 1969s were listed in early Pontiac literature without a model-year identification.Replacing the "Coke bottle" styling was a more "swoopy" body style, with the top of the rear window line going almost straight down to the lip of the trunk lid—a look that was to epitomize F-body styling for the longest period during the Firebird's lifetime. The new design was initially characterized with a large C-pillar, until 1975 when the rear window was enlarged.
There were two Ram Air 6.6L engines for 1970: the 335 hp Ram Air III (366 hp in GTO) and the 345 hp Ram Air IV (370 hp in GTO) that were carried over from 1969. The difference between the GTO and Firebird engines was the secondary carburetor linkage which prevented the rear barrels from opening completely. Bending the linkage to allow full carburetor operation resulted in identical engine performance.
The Lucerne Blue Firebird was built at Pontiac’s Oshawa, Ontario plant and offered with PHS documentation, this 1970 Firebird Trans Am is one of 1,339 incorporating the YZ-code Ram Air III 400 CI 4-barrel engine with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Finished in rare Lucerne Blue with White graphics and striping, this is a truly fine example of that great vintage equipped with power steering and brakes, dual exhaust, space saver spare with jack, Rally II wheels and a spotless Blue interior with bucket seats and console, Formula steering wheel and radio delete. It was part of the Mecum Auctions at St. Charles in October, 2012. The white Firebird Trans Am was part of a January 2013 Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida.
Source: Mecum Auctions