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MACHO TRANS AM DKM #92 of 96 built in 1979
This is a very rare car, with very few remaining, let alone in this condition. This a two owner car from new and is a special produced MACHO TRANS AM DKM #92 of 96 built in 1979. This car is numbers matching with only 39,xxx miles and spent most of its life in rust free Arizona, still retains all of the original body panels! This car has a copy of the original build sheet, original bill of sale, original title and all the paper from Mecham Pontiac in Glendale Arizona This is a true piece of Pontiac and trans Am history and would make an excellent edition to anyone's collection or museum!
This car was loaded with options such as:
* WS6 PERFORMANCE PACKAGE
* FOUR WHEEL DISC BRAKES
* POSI TRACTION REAR AXLE
* POWER WINDOWS
* TILT WHEEL
* FACTORY AIR CONDITIONING
* CUSTOM FRONT, REAR SEATS AND DOOR PANELS
* HEAVY DUTY BATTERY & COOLING
* CRUISE CONTROL
* ASH TRAY, GLOVE BOX AND LUG COMP LAMP
* F41 REAR STAB BAR
* PEDAL TRIM
* WINDSHIELD ANTENA
* DUAL HORN
The muscle car era was all but a memory by the mid-1970s. EPA regulations on exhaust emissions, along with the OPEC fuel embargoes and soaring insurance rates, brought these former heroes of the streets to their knees as quickly as Hercules when Delia sheared his locks.
The Ford Mustang rode on a Pinto chassis and the Mopars were now under powered, lumbering cars with nothing more than gaudy graphics that hinted of the once-golden years of American Muscle. Chevrolet still had the Corvette and Camaro, but even the Z/28 was dropped after 1974, and these cars—once kings of the horsepower wars—were just anemic versions of their former selves.
One car trudged on, trying to fly the flag of the glory days of muscular presence on the showroom floor. The Pontiac Trans Am was the lone survivor of the muscle car era. While the venerable T/A was also weakened from the blows of factory emission controls, unleaded gasoline, and 5-mph bumpers, the torquey Pontiac 400 and 455 V-8s were still alive. Sure, the days of a Pontiac V-8 with 375 horsepower and 500-lb.-ft. of torque were but a memory, but Pontiac V-8s were still rated at 200 hp with 330-lb.-ft. of torque in 1976—enough oomph to still feel the power in the seat of your pants. If you lived in the days when the Big Three fought it out on Woodward Avenue, however, that was not enough. Brothers Dennis and Kyle Mecham definitely felt this, and they acted on their urge for something more in their beloved Trans Am.
The Mecham brothers were selling new cars out of their father’s Pontiac Dealership in Glendale, Arizona, until 1977, when they began pumping steroids into the Trans Am. The result was the DKM Macho Trans Am (named for Dennis and Kyle Mecham). The Mechams began with a factory-fresh Trans Am that was equipped with the W72/L78 package. In stock condition, W72-equipped Trans Ams were capable of quarter-mile times in the mid-15s, at a little over 90 mph, in showroom condition
Pontiac had revived the beefier 481988 cast block with a redesigned camshaft that was primed for tuning and squeezing out extra horsepower. The Mecham brothers followed the old super-tune formula under the hood. The internals were left alone, but the distributor was recurved and the carburetor “blueprinted” with rejetting. To let the engine breathe deeply and release the latent horsepower, Hooker headers were added, as well a true dual exhaust. One would have expected the emissions controls to go into the trash at that point, but as a Pontiac dealer, the Mechams’ understood their environmental responsibilities. They not only kept the original catalytic converter in place, they added one to balance the Macho T/A’s dual exhaust. (GM had evaluated this approach in the 1970s but rejected it because of cost, finding that with twice the convertor area, the light-off of the catalyst after a cold start was too slow to pass emissions.) The final touch was to modify the hoo
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