In 1975 I was ready to order a new 1975
Trans Am; but because of emissions controls G.M. didnít offer the 455 Engine in
Canada. I had decided that I wanted to have the 455. So buying a new Trans Am
went on hold.
A few months passed when I read an
article that G.M. was coming back with the big Block 455 in the TA for 1976 and
this would be the last year. The car was ordered April 1976 from our local G.M
dealership. Options were 455, 4 speed, screaming eagle on hood, custom white
interior and carousel red exterior. After 10 weeks of waiting and checking the
dealership about every other day at last a Trans Am appeared on the front lot.
Wow! This was mine, beautiful ORANGE color and white interior. As I got me
closer to the car I went into a cold sweat, it was 400 not the 455 that I had
ordered and it was an automatic, my heart stopped. They had messed up the order.
As I stood over the car for while, one of the head salesmen came out and told me
some good news. This wasnít my car. What a relieve. It had been ordered for the
local race track to use as a pace car.
Two long weeks later my T.A. came in;
it was perfect. I enjoyed the T.A. for 5 years. Getting married to my best girl,
we took the car south on our Honeymoon. Those were great times. After those 5
great years, we decided (with the wifeís regrets) that we needed something more
practical. Children were in the near future and I had to build my garage. Sad,
but I sold the T.A. and bought a Ĺ ton truck.
After having two great children, 20
years has passed and I still missed the TA
With encouragement of my wife, I
decided to look for another TA. Both of my children are into cars, and they
though it was a cool idea. Searching on the web, eBay there was many beautiful
Firebirds on line. But if you canít see it in person, you donít know what you
Finally one day, my wife suggested why not try to hunt
up our old í76 TA. Wow, what a great idea. Since having kept the bill of sale,
and if it still registered I should be able to track it down. After some
investigating, I found the person that had the TA registered. She was just west
of Ottawa; not very far away. When I talked to her at first I thing she was
suspicious about my call, but she came around and we finally got to talking
about the car. She had the car for almost 20 years, and changed the color to
blue. It was stored in the barn, so when I heard that, I thought the car should
be in good shape. Then the big blow came. She had just sold the car and would
not give me the new ownerís name. I left my phone number with her and asked if
the new owner ever called her back that I would like to talk to him. It seemed
like the end of the trail. Then one night, approximately 6 months later, I
received a call from the guy saying he was the owner of a 76 TA and heard that I
was the original owner.
Finally, I was talking to the guy that
has our car; what a rush! He wanted to know what the color code was when the car
was new, as he wanted to change back to the original color. I asked him if he
would call me when the car was painted as I would like to see it again. I never
mentioned about buying it since I wanted to see what shape it was in first.
Another 6 months passed, when I got his
call and the car was done. He was going to a car show, and I said I would see
The day of the car show my wife and I
went early and got a good spot to see all the cars drive into the show grounds.
We were both exited to see our honeymoon car again. Then, all of sudden you
could hear it coming down the road. You canít only miss the carousel red, but
the sound of it gave it away. We both felt 25 years younger. I got weak in the
knees as it came closer and parked with the rest of the show cars. There it was
looking almost as good as the day I saw it for the first time in front of the
dealership. It didnít take us long to go and join up the owner. The outside of
the car had been all refinished, new paint, rally rims painted, new screaming
Eagle and all decals. Inside was original and looked very good for the age.
We talked to the owner for a couple of
hours, as he was very proud of the car and was having fun telling his friends
that I was the original owner.
The next question was; is the car for
sale. My wife and I talked in private, as we both wanted the car back. That was
all I wanted to hear. He was very reluctant at first to sell, but after the
right price and help from his wife a deal was achieved. The TA was coming back
I enjoy taking my prize to shows, where I never have
time to rest; always sharing my story with other car owners and spectators. Lots
of memories that will only grow.