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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 19, 1:03 PM Thread Starter
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A very interesting & unusual car, I hardly remember seeing any even when they were brand new.

Pontiac was trying to shift buyers upscale into the sophisticated Grand Am, since pure raw performance looked like it was not long for this world. That, plus the GTO name was an assigned risk according to insurance companies. Yet horsepower was down. The switch to net ratings dropped power on paper, but in the mad scramble to meet the increasingly tough emissions standards they had to lean out mixtures, retard timing and dilute the intake charge with exhaust gas (EGR) to reduce combustion temperatures in an effort to reduce oxides of nitrogen & other pollutants. All of this had the effect of lazy throttle response and high fuel consumption. In fact it has been said by engineers that if your 1973 or 74 model can operate across it's complete operating range without some sort of stumble, hesitation, run-on or backfire then it is not tuned to spec. Without things like a catalytic converter to clean up exhaust downstream, they had to fiddle with it until they were able to certify the cars for sale. This also means that they can easily be re-tuned for more power & better economy. Legal, well technically no...

Regarding the SD-455, it wasn't really so much of a certification issue, although they did have time getting certified (they had to make changes that brought power down from 310 to 290 net h.p. & delayed introduction), probably the bigger issue was parts pilferage at the engine plant itself. After casting up all the parts for about 1200 engines they found that they only had enough parts to complete about 600, so the Trans Am (and a few dozen Formula 455s) were the lucky recipients of that high-performance rogue that really shouldn't have existed during the emission-compliance engineering crisis at that time.

I would love to see that '73 brought back but they are not really supported much in the restoration parts business, and the plastic interior bits after so many decades must be about ready to disintegrate. Probably the best way to restore it would be to raid a more pedestrian survivor for sheet metal & interior bits. The colonnade cars just haven't hit the critical mass of support that would encourage restoration parts manufacturers to invest profitably.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 19, 9:39 PM
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Re: spel chek

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wondering what car and if this should be some where else/another Forum rather than " TEST DRIVE " ?

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60' = 1.547
1/8 = 7.311 et / 91.76 mph
1/4 = 11.595 et / 114.28 mph


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 19, 11:16 AM
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Think he's talking about the 73 GTO.

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