TRANS AM QUES­TIONS

Muscle Car Review - - Letters -

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.

John Eberle

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.”

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