Few things are more spectacular than a ’73 Trans Am. And when an early TA’s muscular looks are combined with a seriously upgraded drivetrain and suspension, and painted bright red with a screaming chicken on the hood, well, let’s just say the owner of this car better get used to talking with law enforcement.
This car is actually owned by John Cunningham, a good friend of ours. He’s been working on it for awhile, and when it came time to install the drivetrain and suspension he dropped it off with us. And what a setup it is (if we do say so ourself.)
The engine is a GM Performance Parts LS7 stuffed full of forged pistons, an upgraded cam and valvetrain, topped by an Edelbrock supercharger. The transmission is a Tremec 6-speed enhanced by the specialists at ProMotion. The suspension system is all state-of-the-art Detroit Speed stuff, including a hydroformed front subframe and a QuadraLink four-link rear suspension. Magnaflow components were used to build the exhaust system. The bodywork, Buccaneer Red paint and interior work was done by John or other friends, and the all look stunning.
John debuted the Trans Am out on the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour, and somehow he managed to make through the initial trip without having any awkward conversations with the constabulary along the way. But that won’t last. All we can say is we’re glad he’s a lawyer – hope he’s a good one!