If you wanted a muscle car of the old school in 1974, there was only one manufacturer who you could go to, and that was Pontiac. They offered the SD455 (Super Duty) in limited numbers (just 953 were made) but the car was built almost as if the fuel crisis had never happened. Underneath it used a raised transmission tunnel, so the body could be mounted lower on the suspension, thus improving the center of gravity for better handling, and the drive train was pure muscle, thanks to a 455ci (7.4-liter) with four-bolt main caps, forged pistons and a massive 800cfm Quadrajet carburettor. Inside it still looked 1970s, but it still showed the way dash layout was going, with a flat aluminium plate housing several dials for maximum driver information, plus a sporty three-spoke wheel. The car's performance meant the limited-slip differential and front disc brakes were much needed.
Pontiac Trans Am SD455 (1974) Specifications
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