Sometimes good things come in twos. That seems to be the case this week when we not only find one incredibly rare 1969 Pontiac Trans Am, but actually have two such ads in our current listings. Just yesterday a collector from Columbus, Ohio sent in his Cameo White 1969 Pontiac Trans Am with Tyrol blue stripes to be sold through Cars On Line.com. And at the same time, Legendary Motorcar Company, an internationally known top level restoration company, posted their 1969 Pontiac Trans Am with the same color scheme. It is relatively infrequent that we would see even one such rare muscle car in our listings. But having two for sale has never happened before.
The private seller from Columbus, Ohio indicates that his 1969 Pontiac Trans Am is a real deal 400 Ram Air III YW code with an automatic transmission. He says it is one of 697 first year Trans Ams built that year, and one of just 114 automatics. The ad says it has an all numbers matching drivetrain, including carburetor and distributor. He says it comes with PHS documents, with excellent paint. Moreover it is reported to have undergone a complete frame off, nut and bolt restoration with over 1,400 hours, highly detailed from top to bottom. Click through to the ad to see photos of the undercarriage. What makes it even more appealing is that this one came with the rare Formula wheel.
The 1969 Pontiac Trans Am posted by Legendary Motorcar Company is a desirable 4-speed car, also in Cameo white with Tyrol blue stripes. They say it is a highly documented first year Trans Am with its numbers matching HO Ram Air III 400/335 horsepower WQ code motor. It has factory Rally II wheels, power steering, power disc brakes, simulated wood steering wheel, factory tach and the popular factory in-dash stacked gauges. Documentation on this car includes the Car Order Form, Pontiac Historical Service papers, correct trim tag with the 50-50 paint code and the D80 spoiler code. Legendary tells us it has benefitted from an extensive restoration with photo documentation of the restoration and receipts.
Pontiac added an optional handling package called the Trans Am Performance and Appearance Package to its Firebird model in 1969. This optional package cost about $1,100, and it was the genesis of the Trans Am model. Only 689 Trans Ams were produced that year. The Pontiac Trans Am model was named after the Trans Am Racing Series where manufacturers such as Ford ran their Mustang Boss 302 and Chevy ran its Camaro Z/28. Ironically, the Pontiac Trans Am actually never competed in the series although it adopted the popular name. The marketing brand did very well for Pontiac. Pontiac marketing positioned it as a Camaro Z/28 with bigger performance engines.
Far fewer 1969 Pontiac Trans Ams were ever produced than 1969 Camaro Z/28s, and very few of them were preserved, so they are very valuable now in the collector car market. Where Z/28s have actually been going down in value the past two years, Pontiac Trans Ams are definitely increasing in value. These are great investments for collectors.