Car: Pontiac Trans Am Hardtop Coupe
What makes it special: This is where the legend began....this is the first year of the Pontiac Trans Am. The rest is history. Of these first Trans Am's," a mere 689 Hardtops and eight Convertibles were made.
What made it famous: For their debut year, Trans Am's came in Cameo White with Tyrol Blue stripes and tail panel, in addition to the first year of the spoiler. Equipped with the 400 V8, Ram Air hood, power steering, power front disc brakes, hood tachometer, 160mph speedometer, blue interior and Rally II wheels.
Why I would want one: This is one of the two Trans Am model years that I must own one day. The other would be the 1977 "Smokey and The Bandit" / "Batmobile Nose" made famous by the movie starring actor Burt Reynolds. I absolutely am a fan of the "White with blue stripes" paint scheme, and feel that this is one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time.
Fun fact: When the Pontiac Trans Am came out, there was controversy over the model's inability to compete in the Trans Am because the smallest available engine was too large for use in the series at 400 cubic inches. The name also caused controversy because it allegedly was used without permission from the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), who threatened suit. General Motors settled the dispute by paying $5.00 to the SCCA for every car sold.
( 1969 Pontiac Trans-Am photo from Barrett-Jackson.com )