Six Months Gone: 1974 Pontiac Trans Am 455 – Sold!
May 10th update: When we first featured this ’74 Trans Am back six months ago on November 18th, we found the seller’s asking price a tad optimistic. It’s no surprise to us to find the car pop back up for sale with the same pictures but a priced lowered by one grand. Despite its great color combination, we believe the seller needs to better manage their expectations as they will be lucky to get $20,000 for this Trans Am. Good luck with the purchase!
We came across this ’74 Trans Am equipped with the optional 455 cubic inch V8 but it’s not a Super Duty. We first found it listed in May 2019 on Craigslist in Poughquag, New York where the private seller is currently now asking $28,999, which represents a one thousand dollar reduction from last fall. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool and deducting (-20%) for the TurboHydramatic automatic transmission confirms the current caretaker has his Trans Am price optimistically $3,559 above the adjusted #2 “Excellent” price of $25,440. With driver quality paint from a twenty-year-old restoration, a slightly cracked dashboard, and a worn driver’s seat, we’d lean more towards the adjusted #3 “Good” estimate of $14,640 to start negotiations and work it back up to $20,000.
With its striking red over white color combination, we like this Trans Am’s bright color combination over the typical sea of dark-colored examples we come across. We also like this example came factory equipped with the optional 455 cubic inch motor was a 25 horsepower upgrade (to 250 horsepower) over the base 400 cubic inch mill. 1974 was the last year of the 455 big block and since it’s not a Super Duty and a driver quality example, you can actually drive and enjoy it when the weather agrees. Hopefully, you can convince the seller is a bit optimistic about his price and negotiate it down a bit. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1974 Trans Am for sale. It has the optional 455 and TH400 transmission. It was restored in Texas in 94-95, I have a few photos. Matching numbers car. Since I’ve owned it I put on new tires all around, I replaced the rear shocks, I got new Delco Remy repro horns, and replaced the rear window chrome trim. The car has been converted to R134, cools pretty well but not like a modern car. Paint is driver quality. Shines very well but has imperfections when seen up close. The interior is mostly original. There is a small crack in the dash on the passenger side and the driver’s seat has some minor splitting. Both pictured. Seat belts are the exploding style. Both were broken when I bought the car. I found a repair kit and both belts working now. Rear belts are missing the buckle end. The car runs well, good cruiser. Even the clock and original radio work. Contact for more info.“
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