October 7, 2020
At a glance you can tell this is a 1971 Pontiac Trans Am. Yes, they were almost identical to the 1970 model, but the 455 HO identification on the hood scoop is a dead giveaway. A year earlier in 1970, the Trans Am’s power came from a 400cid, 345-hp V8, while all 1971 models had the 455cid HO (high output) V8 which was rated at 335 hp. Just to make things clear, starting with MY 1971 all manufacturers’ horsepower ratings were figured differently using a new SAE formula; that 1970 400cid engine, which was now standard in the ’71 Formula Firebird, was rated at only 300 hp for 1971. We saw today’s RealRide a few years ago at an all-Pontiac/GMC car show in East Aurora.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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