According to Its Owner, This '72 Trans Am is the Only One in Spain
I want to show you my '72 Trans Am 455 H.O., which I bought from an English gentleman in 2006. It's one of 1,286 T/As (1-of-828 automatics) manufactured for '72, which was a short production year due to a UAW strike that shut down Trans Am assembly on April 7, 1972.
As a boy, I always liked the '70-'73 Trans Ams because of their front-end treatment, the long, body-length bright-blue stripe, and of course, the small-but-attention-getting Screaming Chicken on the Endura nose. When I saw this '72 T/A with its 455 H.O., Turbo 400 trans, and 3.08 Safe-T-Track rear offered for sale in Europe, I knew it had to be mine.
It's registered as a historical vehicle in Spain and passed the motor vehicle authority's inspection without any problems. The Trans Am was still sweet 30-plus years after it was built in Norwood, Ohio, and only needed minor repairs and updates, such as mufflers, brake pads and shoes, tires, and lights. Amazingly, I couldn't source the correct light bulbs in Spain, so I converted the headlight system with a Xenon kit.
I repainted the Trans Am its original Cameo White and modified its Shaker-scoop hood with Formula-style hoodscoops. (I got the idea from seeing a similar-looking Trans Am in the '70s movie Corvette Summer.) I like the way my T/A looks with its custom hood and a '68 Pontiac hood tachometer, which I also added. The 15x7 code-KR Rally IIs are original.
Other than a stock rebuild of the 300-net-horsepower 455 (which still retains its 7F6 round-port heads and aluminum dual-plane intake), the only other mods are a custom-made two-tone interior and HiJacker adjustable shocks. In my opinion, the exterior and interior mods make my Trans Am look spectacular.
Owning and maintaining a T/A (or any classic Pontiac for that matter) in Spain is a complicated task because we have to import all of the parts we need from the USA. Thanks to the help of the legendary Santi Ponce from Talleres Diputación 16 and friends from the American Car Club de Catalunya, I have brought the Trans Am up to a restoration/customization level that I am proud of, and my friends and I still work on it to maintain its top-notch condition. I enjoy taking it to car shows and for rides on the roads in Spain.
As far as I know, I have the only '72 Trans Am 455 H.O. in all of Spain. That's something I'm very proud of. Muchas gracias, Pontiac!
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