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1969 Pontiac Trans Am - a Star Is Born

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The introduction of the Firebird for 1967 had been a huge success for Pontiac. Though the Firebird added to Pontiac's sporty image. It was like a great tasting cake that was missing icing. What it needed was an ultimate performance model. For 1969, that's exactly what it got. The Trans Am, which was named after the Sports Club of America's Trans-Am Series (a racing series that has been around since 1966), was merely intended to be a low volume speciality Firebird model. It was supposed to be used as a tool to get Pontiac's small displacement high-performance 303 CID V8 certified for the Trans-Am racing circuit. However some of the most well thought-out plans sometimes take on a life of their own. In the 1969 Trans Am's case, that's exactly what happened.

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