This 1969 Pontiac Trans Am is the only manual-transmission-equipped convertible built in a triple white finish, making it as rare and unique as they come. Being one of just eight Pontiac Trans Am convertibles built before the convertible body style was removed from the 1970 F-body platform, and the first of four with a manual transmission, we’d say “rare” is an understatement. To add to the exclusivity factor, there’s a video showing the white stallion in action.
The 335 hp rated Pontiac Trans Am Convertible has a bit of history to it, as you’d expect. The paperwork was actually just found this past October by the selling dealer, Arnold Motor Company, a former Pontiac franchise and Yenko Chevrolet rival located a mile down the road from Yenko in Houston, Pennsylvania. It was originally ordered by longtime Chevrolet and Pontiac engineer Tom Goad to be used as a company car.
Goad had the car nicely equipped with a code-217 Parchment custom interior, Soft Ray-tinted windshield, Deluxe seatbelts with front and rear shoulder harnesses, console, Walnut shift knob, pushbutton AM radio, and Rally II wheels. He would sell the car just one week after taking delivery, with 9,725 miles on it. Robert Lauze had traded his 1967 Firebird plus $3,295 for the one-off Trans Am, and became the first original owner of the car. Mr. Lauze is a known Vietnam vet who served in the United States Air Force, he was also a passionate motorcycle and sports car enthusiast.
We usually ridicule “these cars” for being mere showpieces, though we understand a rock chip on such a car could equate to thousands of dollars lost. Still, we couldn’t help but smile as we saw the Trans Am stretch its legs and do what cars do – drive (though the car has only traveled 321 miles since it was restored).
The Trans Am is set to cross the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee 2016 auction from January 15-24 (you can find more information here). Take a look at the video for yourself, then let us know how much you think this one of a kind Trans Am is worth in a comment below.