A quick check of the VIN number and Rosenborg was shocked. "Unbelievable! It was the same 1971 Trans Am that I owned during the summer of 1981," Rosenborg said.
|1971 Pontiac Trans Am 455, 4-speed barn find in Sweden.|
Barn finds and tragedy go hand in hand. This '71 Trans Am, one-of-885 four-speed V8s, once belonged to Anneli's brother in Sweden. Anneli (top photo) took ownership of the car in 1993 after her brother's death in a motorcycle accident. "Her brother bought the Pontiac in 1989 and had just finished restoring it before he died in 1993," said Rosenborg.
The Cameo White Trans Am spent years parked in Anneli's basement without a scratch. In 1998 a friend insisted on showing Anneli the power of her Pontiac. It was a mistake. Rear-wheel drive V8s with positraction can be a handful while performing burnouts and imitating Burt Reynolds' driving in "Smokey and the Bandit." Unfortunately the rare Poncho suffered front end damage during the smoke show.
|Rosenborg's 1971 Trans Am barn find washed and ready to unload in Sweden.|
Blown to pieces
The 55-year old Pontiac enthusiast would like to restore the T/A as a father-son project but it will not be a numbers matching car. "The Trans Am's original 455-cubic inch engine was blown to pieces," said Rosenborg. "During the 1970s many American muscle cars made their way to Sweden." Matching number cars were less of a concern in those days. "Then, no one was asking 'matching numbers,'" said Rosenborg.
Rosenborg shares the what many junkyardlife fans know as fact. "You cannot imagine how many broken dreams, restorations that run out of time and forgotten cars that have been sleeping for decades."
– Jody Potter, junkyardlife
|1981 photo of Rosenborg's 1971 Pontiac Trans Am in Sweden.|
|1981 photo of the 400 Pontiac engine in Rosenborg's Trans Am that he recently repurchased. The original 455 engine is long gone.|
|Sweden's Thomas Rosenborg paid $3,000 USD for this 1971 Trans Am 30-years after he owned it the first time.|
|Rosenborg unloaded his barn find 1971 Trans Am and parked it next to his recently restored 1969 GTO convertible.|