The 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a proud descendant of the awesomely over-powered pony-cars of 1970 and 1971, and indeed one of the last of its kind. 1973 was not a great year for Detroit, as the fuel crisis hit, combined with emission standards contributed to gutting the field of all fun and beauty. Of course, it had started back in 1971 with the mandatory installation of catalytic converters, but 1973 was a dark year. The only ray of light was the Firebird Trans Am, which featured for the first time the iconic eagle – the Firebird – on the hood of the car, and which still had enough power to back up it muscular image.
With a powerful 455 engine big block V8 (7.4 liters) under the hood, producing 310 horsepower and incredible torque, the Trans Am could talk the talk and walk the walk. Coupled with a three-speed automatic or four-speed manual transmission, it could reach a top speed of 132 miles per hour, and even more impressively, get to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.
Sadly, there were to be no more cars of that ilk until the Camaro, Mustang and Trans Am were reborn in the 80s and 90s, but even then, none had the raw power that can only be achieved through an overabundance of cubic inches! The 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was the last of a dying breed, but what a car it was!