Pontiac Can Am

Can Am
The Can Am essentially was a cross between a Trans Am and LeMans with some Grand Prix thrown in. The Can Am was available for 1977 only and available in one color, Cameo White. However, in concept form, Mandarin Orange and Carousel Red were considerations.

Federal cars were powered by a 400 CID 4bbl Pontiac V8 making 200hp, while California cars had a 403 CID 4bbl Oldsmobile V8 making 185hp, both with a shaker hood scoop from the Trans Am!

Also added to the basic LeMans were body color rally wheels, rally handling package and tri-color stripes. The dashboard was transplanted straight out of a Grand Prix. Interior color choices were red, white, beige, or black.

A few more of the optional pieces were a CB radio, AM/FM/8-track stereo, and power sunroof. Snowflake style wheels were optional but today are a rare find on a C/A. The number of Can Ams produced was topped off at 1377 copies, though the original intent was to build 5000 copies or more.

Rumor has it that the mold for the rear spoiler got broken and repaired many times, but was never authorized to be replaced. Also, the dashboard demand was strong for the very popular Grand Prix, so there were less copies to go around for the Can Am. But after all, this was 1977, and the midsize cars were destined for a redesign, so who knows the real story.


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