TRANS AM QUESTIONS
Love your magazine, especially the barn finds and unrestored cars. I have a couple of questions/comments concerning the article on the 1969 Trans Am in the May 2018 issue (“Forged From Fire,” bit.ly/2J4oXG1). The photo of the TA’s initial invoice doesn’t actually show the Trans Am option. The retail price also doesn’t reflect the cost for a TA. $3,452 for a 1969 Trans Am would be one heck of a deal! Also, I believe Rally II wheels were an option on the TA, not standard. The Rally II wheels are shown on the invoice as an option. Sorry to nitpick. Keep up the great magazine.
We sent your questions to Kevin Beal of Ames Performance, who owns the Trans Am. He replied with a copy of the letter Jim Mattison of PHS Automotive Services wrote to certify the car. In the letter Mattison states, “The production of this vehicle was so early that the option code and the pricing for the Trans Am had not yet been finalized. Not until this vehicle was sold as an out of services company car on 7/20/70 did the Trans Am option #322 appear on the updated invoice to Front Pontiac Sales, Inc., in Perrysburg, Ohio, for delivery to the first retail customer.”