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1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty 455 Auctioned for Nearly $90,000

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That's a pricey bird.


A vintage 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Super Duty 455, known for its Buccaneer Red paint, recently fetched $89,296 at an auction on the Hagerty Marketplace. The car, which boasted just under 54,000 miles and a meticulously detailed restoration, was a limited release; Pontiac produced only 943 of these models in 1974.


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In terms of performance, the Super Duty 455 variant distinguished itself significantly from the standard Firebird. Launched in 1974, the 455 represented the cubic inches of its V8 engine, which was hand-assembled. Notably, the engine was a technological marvel of its era, borrowing elements from Pontiac’s 366-cubic-inch NASCAR engine. This included heavy-duty connecting rods, a completely new block, and modified crankshaft and heads, which cumulatively delivered a reported 310 horsepower.