The 1972 Pontiac Firebird, Formula & Trans Am


Lucerne Blue Trans Am

Lucerne Blue Trans Am
This Trans Am was recently sold to a new owner. There were only 1,286 Trans Ams built and sold in 1972. Although I'm unsure of the exact figure it is fairly common knowledge among serious Firebird fans that the Lucerne Blue paint scheme was only applied to a few of these cars making this particular year/paint combo one of the more rare TAs to be had. This particular example comes with a black interior, 455 H.O., M22 4-speed, an AM/FM stereo, and a rear defogger. The car has only 50,000 miles racked up on the odometer and is 100% numbers matching. Even the spark plug wires are the originals, date coded for '72.



Black Trans Am (116525 bytes)

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Though Pontiac never offered the 1972 Trans Am in black I think this example proves they should have. This absolutely amazing looking Trans Am is owned by David Roberts. David writes:

     "Originally Lucern Blue and repainted black in 1988, the TA is a numbers matching 455 HO with the M-22 4 speed and posi 3:23 rear gear. The engine has 5k miles since the rebuild with 90,000 on the odometer. I’ve attached a list of upgrades. After searching locally for a couple of years for the RIGHT Trans Am I found this one with the help of Google. The combination of the black paint, the chrome Cragars and wide back tires, plus the big block sound from the Flowmasters makes it a thrill to drive. Everywhere it goes it draws stares and questions. I personally think the 70-73 firebird line was the best designed car that combined aggressive looks, modern styling and performance, ever built in the USA." 

Current mods:
455 .30 over 4-bolt main block 
7/16" screw in rocker studs
Crank turned .10 .10
Rods lightened and ARP rod bolts
TRW forged pistons, dimples removed, 
Moly rings, 10.5:1 compression
N.O. Neoprene rear crank seal
Melling 60 psi oil pump with harden oil pump drive
Lunati cam .507 in 507ex .244 dur.
Comp Cam Magnum roller tip rockers 1.53 ratio
Poly locks on rocker studs
.100 offset valve spring retainers
Comp Cam #955 valve springs
Three angle valve grind
Edelbrock Torker 2 intake 
Edelbrock Hi-Flow air cleaner
Moroso tall valve covers
Holley 750 double pump carburetor
Holley Blue fuel pump with regulator and switch
Mallory Uni-lite distributor
Accel Super Coil
MSD timing computer for N.O.S. wired in with carb
Fluidamper Harmonic Balancer
Hooker Super Competition headers 2"- 3 1/2" collectors
Flow Tech 2" header dumps
Flow master 2 chamber street mufflers -2 1/2" exhaust
Energy Suspension polyurethane rear leaf spring bushings
QA1 12 way adjustable front shocks
KONI 5 way adjustable rear shocks
Welded sub-frame connectors
Mclead Performance Street/Strip clutch & pressure plate
Line lock 
Drive shaft loop
Lakewood bellhousing with block saver
Lakewood chrome traction bars with NHRA legal front brackets
4 core radiator
Flex radiator fan
Cragar 10x15 rear
Cragar 10x7 front
Rear tires 295/50 TA
Front tires 235/50 TA
Moroso wheel studs on rear
AutoMeter oil, fuel, temp gauges outside car
Auxiliary vacuum pump to assist power brakes
Remote starter solenoid
Chrome plug wire loom with Pontiac emblem



Danny Phillips owns this nicely restored Trans Am. Danny writes:

     "Hi my name is Danny Phillips, I have a 1972 Trans Am 455 HO 4 speed 3:42 gears and AC. I bought it in 1993 and 15 years of restoring I finally now have it on the road. With help from good friends and A LOT of money. This is my dream car of all the years Trans Ams were made. My first time showing the car in competition I took second place to my friends Trans Am that took first (my first is coming). All stock except for .040overbore, ram air camshaft, ram air oil pump, forged pistons. I love the feel of big inch Pontiac going through the gears. This is my favorite car to drive. Thank You for looking at my car."



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