My Classic Car: Mark’s (and brother Billy’s) 1971 Pontiac Trans Am

Mark's Dad bought this car new for his older brother, Billy | Mark Brantley photo
Mark’s Dad bought this car new for his older brother, Billy | Mark Brantley photo

This car originally belonged to my oldest brother Billy. It was purchased at Bill Beck Pontiac in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Our father bought it for my brother when he turned 16 and it was bought literally off the showroom floor.

My brother was thrilled. It was one of the first Trans Ams in Charlotte.

This car is kinda rare: It came automatic with a column shift, most had consoles.

We kept the car in the family for about 4 years and ended up trading it in.

Low and behold, I was at the Auto Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a buddy of mine and and there was a picture on an easel of my brother’s Trans Am. The way I knew it was his is that he put a Hurst shifter in the floor and it was still in the car.

The gentleman that had the car had the PHS (Pontiac Historic Services documentation) on the car and told me it was from Charlotte and had been purchased at Bill Beck Pontiac.

I since have bought the car back and it is in the family once again after40 years.

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