Whether you counted yourself in when Pontiac ruled NASCAR from 1959-1963; turned your first Pontiac ignition key when America’s first muscle car, the GTO, was born in ’64; put the pedal to the medal when Pontiac excitement ruled popular culture in the ’70s and ’80s; or made your vows to the Division, when it went back to its performance roots in the last decade with the Solstice, G8, and GXP editions, High Performance Pontiac is your magazine.

Let’s start this issue with Second-Generation Trans Ams. There’s no argument they’re as popular as ever, and this month we present to you two outstanding examples of the breed.

We expect you’ve seen ’76-’81 Trans Ams with T-tops, hard tops, and even [aftermarket] convertible tops, but have you ever seen one with a GM-option sunroof? That’s the premise behind our cover story—a WS6/W72 Martinique Blue ’78 Trans Am, which had a Cadillac sunroof installed by ASC (the same company that built out the WS6 package for Trans Ams and Formulas from ’98-’02) back in the day. Find it on page 10.

Next up is a ’77 Trans Am S/E with 213 miles—yes, you read that right—on its odometer since new. For the past three issues, we’ve brought you the secrets this time-capsule Bandit has hidden for over 35 years, This month we conclude the series by examining this T/A’s exterior and trunk. Read all about it on page 44.

How about rare, award-winning customs from Pontiac’s long-passed past? We’re talking about The Golden Indian, a hand-fabricated, traffic-stopping ’60 Ventura that debuted at the 1962 Detroit Autorama, was “lost” by the hobby and re-discovered in the ’80s, and then underwent a meticulous restoration just in time to return to the Detroit Autorama 50 years after it first appeared at the event. You can read about this wild-looking Pontiac on page 16.

For ’73, Pontiac introduced Colonnade styling to its A-body line-up, including the GTO, Grand Am, and LeMans. Happy 40th anniversary to the style! To celebrate, we dig into GM’s media archives for vintage photography of the Colonnade Pontiacs from ’73-’77. If you’re not familiar with their looks, we know you’ll be a fan after reading this special feature on page 38.

Late-model Trans Ams, what’s your pleasure? If you answered rare-colored, LS- powered, dragstrip-scorching Birds, get ready for two thumbs up and learn how a Sunset Orange Metallic (SOM) ’02 Firehawk runs 11.00-second e.t.’s on a stock LS1 bottom end.


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