Doctor’s Orders: An Original Non-Original Trans AM

W hen is an original collector car a non-original car? The answer is, when it’s the “original” car made in a very limited run of high-performance 2002 Trans Ams constructed by GMMG of Atlanta, Ga.

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Looking fairly tranquil in a park setting, this Carl Black Edition Pontiac really moves down the highway like a true world-class super car.

    The car ‘ owned by Dr. Joseph McCausland of Waupaca, Wis. ‘ is one of just 20 made. It is also the prototype for the series and the actual car that was pictured in press materials and advertisements for the “Carl Black Edition” Pontiac Trans Am.

    McCausland’s car started off as a Trans Am with the WS6 performance package, which cost $42,610. The Anniversary Edition package added $10,630, and emissions recertification cost $100.

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The car wears its Anniversary Edition badges above the air vents behind the front wheels.

    The car features a 380-hp LS1 V-8, a GMMG cat back chambered exhaust system, an all-new high-flow air box lid with an “Anniversary Edition” decal, Eibach 1-1/2-inch lowering springs front and rear, 200-S 17-inch x 9-1/2-inch ARE wheels, slotted brake rotors all around, dual hood accent stripes, a metallic silver lower rear panel, Anniversary Edition floor mats, a short stick-shifter with a white Hurst shift ball, Anniversary Edition numbered key fobs, a horsepower plaque on the console, a car cover with the Anniversary Edition logo, Anniversary Edition cloisonne fender emblems, all-new silver-face gauges, the car number on the windshield and rearview mirror, a rearview mirror with auto-dimmer compass and temperature gauge and a Mobil 1 oil fill cap and decal.

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The car’s twin-nostril performance hood helps route fresh, cool air to the hot 380-hp V-8 lurking underneath. That compares to 325 hp in a stock WS6.

    This car was only available through Carl Black Pontiac in Kennesaw, Ga. Since it was the prototype car, McCausland’s white-and-blue Trans Am has Anniversary Edition car number PR-01. When McCausland purchased the car in August 2004, it was in its original modified condition and showed just 5,500 miles of use.

    Before purchasing the car, McCausland spoke with GMMG’s Matt Murphy. He helped McCausland obtain the window sticker and special 35th Anniversary car cover.

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An up-level rear deck lid spoiler was part of the Trans Am WS6 package, and this car has all the factory goodies and more.

    Shortly after purchasing the car, McCausland traveled to The Forge Invitational Muscle Car Show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., where he met Murphy and got him to autograph the car. He drove 1,600 miles in two-and-a-half days and got 26 mpg.

    The Trans Am is finished in Arctic White with Vintage Blue hood stripes. It wears “35 Years” anniversary emblems, and the Carl Black identification code is stamped on the engine and the driver’s door frame to prove that it is the original non-original Trans Am.

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