A car believed to be the only survivor of six 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am promotional cars referred to as Tirebirds will be one of the lots on the Mecum auction in Houston, Texas , December 3 rd to five th .
These types of Firebirds were used to promote the particular BF Goodrich T/A 60-series radial tire, created to cope with the enormous amounts of power being produced by United states muscle cars in the late sixties. In 1970, BF Goodrich contacted T/G Racing (founded by Jerry Titus and Terry Godsall) associated with Tarzana, California, which was running a group of Firebird Trans Am racing enthusiasts in the first year of the second-generation GM F platform Pontiac.
An agreement was reached for T/G to fit these cars with the T/A tires. After a short development time period and a promising debut in a four-hour race at Mosport, the group headed to Watkins Glen for a two-day SCCA meet. German-Canadian race drivers John Cordts won a competition on the Saturday in very hot situations and another the following day within the wet, on both occasions using auto tires on which he could drive his Firebird Trans Am back home if he or she wanted to.
These results confident BF Goodrich to deepen the association with T/G Racing. The particular team’s duties included building 6 Tirebird promotional cars with the exact same white-on-blue color scheme as the racing enthusiasts. The only one still known to exist had been purchased in late 1971 by Ben Senter, editor of Popular Awesome Rodding magazine. Berger returned the vehicle to street specification and changed the original 310 horsepower 7. 5L Pontiac 455 High Output OF V8 with a 450 horsepower Chevrolet LS6 454 engine supplied by Berger Chevy of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A later owner swapped the particular manual gearbox for a GM four hundred automatic, apparently to make it easier regarding his daughter to drive this really special Firebird Trans Am in order to school. This transmission and the Chevy engine are still in the Tirebird, however the car has been brought back to its original colour scheme after being painted Ferrari Fly Yellow by Tom Senter in 1972 and dark glowing blue metallic by John Motroni within 2004.
The Tirebird has been offered for sale after what Mecum describes as an immaculate restoration with extensive documentation.