I happened to be one of the very few owners of one of the genuine 1973 Super Duty 455 Trans Am's! I special ordered it from Pontiac-but, it took a long time to get it-because, although I had placed my order, I was on a long waiting list-and, Pontiac kept telling me that although they surely wanted me to be able to obtain my ordered 455 SD TA, they couldn't offer me any guarantees! However, I kept writing letters to the Pontiac Motor Division-constantly informing(Pushing!)them that it was just a "Life or death" situation(In my case!)to be one of the "Lucky" owner's of this very "Rare" Bird! It was truly a long wait-but, one morning, that very important letter finally arrived-and, I was informed that my new(White)SD455 SD TA was heading down the production line-and I would definately be receiving this car! I had never been so excited about receiving any car as much as I had been for this one! Unfortunately, I sold this car(To my regret!)! Many times, I wished that I could get it back! Then, 30 years later, I saw an ad in the San Francisco bay area newspaper, for a white, 1973 TA! I went to see the car-and, bingo-there it was(My original car!)! The only problem was that the seller wanted $20,000 for it-but, although it still looked reasonably good, it needed to be somewhat restored! And, I was then, on disabilty and, I couldn't afford to buy back my original SD455(Pooh!)! Well, the seller was impressed to know that I had been the first owner of this SD455 TA-and, I still had all of the letters and literature that I had received from Pontiac regarding this car! The owner enjoyed my visit with him and he allowed me to take my old SD455 out for a test drive! It brought back some very fond memories for me! I was very sad to lose this car once again! However, the new buyer of this SD455, contacted me later about my SD455 and we communicated for quite some time-as he wanted to restore this SD455 to pristine new condition and he asked me if he could consult with me about the various original details about this car! Of course, I said yes! In any event, I no longer have contact with this new owner of my SD455 TA! All I have left, is my memories of this car and.........well, it was really a neat Trans Am for sure!
In those days, every weekend, all of the local hot car "Buff's" used to like to meet out in the country, on a marked off quarter mile to drag race their new musclecars-which consisted of 440 and 426 hemi Dodges and Plymouth's, 396 Chevelles, 442 Oldsmobiles, Buick Gran Sport's(455 stage 1's!)Pontiac Ram Air III & IV GTO's, 428Cobra Jet Mustangs and Fairlaines etc.! Well, need I say more? I had great fun dusting all of these cars off in the quarter mile! All of these owner's jaws just dropped to see what looked(To them!)as just a stock blue 455 engine under the hood of my TA(With low compression, to boot!)and they just couldn't believe how easily they got sucked up by this "Mystery" 455SD TA! After all, it was 1973-74 and most "So-called" supercars were just dogs-and, nobody was expecting a plain-Jane Trans-Am to just explode going down the quarter(In full stock trim!)! It was just Wow!(And then, Wow some more!)! Yes, those were the good old days!