5.7L LS1 V8
We all know that big horsepower and small price adds up to lots of fun, but few cars delivered the bang for the buck of the late-model F-body. This 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 Convertible is one of those rare, 100% stock and unabused specimens and shows just 67,030 miles, so you know it was never anyone\'s daily driver. If you missed your chance fifteen ago, here it is again!
There\'s no mistaking the fourth-generation Trans Am, with its hidden headlights and twin nostril hood force-feeding the LS1 underneath. Finished in elegant Arctic White, which along with its exact counterpart, Black, it\'s the optimum color choice for a Trans Am. It still looks like a predator even after all these years, with a timeless design that made it an instant classic and catapulted it to muscle-car cult favorite during a time when most American automakers were more concerned with MPGs than HP ratings. Still as shiny as it was at the turn of the century, this F-body has been properly maintained and shows little evidence of having been driven hard aside from a slightly chipped-up, lower front bumper that\'s kissed some road debris through the years. Other than the front nose, any other imperfections are minor, with a couple small touch-up spots and a scuff or two to report, but the vast majority could be remedied with a buff-and-wax over the weekend. The Trans Am\'s ultra-aggressive front fascia with those trademark fog lights really gets the party started up front, the sculpted, scooped, and flared profiles are one-of-a-kind even in the F-Body game, and the muscle-toned rear end with integrated spoiler and dual exhaust cut-outs is the last thing most challengers will see as this droptop goes flying by. Not a perfect car, but pretty darned nice and plenty darn powerful. With the headlights flipped down, the honeycomb taillights lit up red, and the white convertible top stored behind the rear seats, there aren\'t many better-looking cars out on the road.
GM installed white leather buckets when it was built, and they naturally remain well preserved in this low-mile Trans Am. The supportive bucket seats are both grippy in the corners and comfortable for all-day drives. Usually, these cars start to show lots of wear on the driver\'s bolster, but it\'s clear that someone was exceptionally careful whenever they got in and out of the car, because it\'s still quite nice with only comfort marks to speak of. GM White upholstery tended to discolor throughout the years, but for the most part all the soft stuff is very uniform, and what blemishes can be seen would likely be eradicated with a deep clean and detail. Carpets, door panels, and the dash and center console are all great, and it appears that the back seat has never been used. All Trans Ams had round A/C vents and orange lighting on the dash, giving it a very high-tech look, and all Trans Ams came only one way: loaded. That means cold A/C, power windows, power locks, cruise control, tilt wheel, traction control, ABS, dual airbags, and power seats, plus keyless entry. Everything works as it should on this one-heck, even the floor mats are correct. A powerful Pontiac Monsoon AM/FM/CD stereo with built-in equalizer sounds awesome, even at full bore with the power convertible top down, but at that point you\'ll probably want to enjoy the V8\'s song anyway.
The 5.7L LS1 V8 engine became famous overnight, and anyone who worried about the passing of the small block torch need not have been concerned. Its aluminum construction shaved precious pounds from the nose of the car, while it cranked out more power than any small block in history. 100% stock under the hood with signs of scheduled maintenance seen throughout, the engine bay of this car is like an anatomy textbook for future restorers -- with original markings, fasteners, and decals still in factory fresh condition. The 4-speed automatic transmission snaps off quick shifts, but with an overdrive gear this is still a great cr
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