Back in 1977, there was an interesting variation of the full-size Pontiac Le Mans. This unique car, slated for 5000 units, had a special graphics treatment, a race inspired name, and it adopted something from one of it’s more well-known siblings: it had a shaker hood scoop, a la the Trans Am. This car was pretty unique, but only about 1,377 of these cameo white Can Ams made it into production. Of those, it’s guessed that there are very few of them left – perhaps only dozens.
The one you see pictured here was found on eBay, and other than the blacked out grille and a four-core replacement radiator, the current owner says it’s a restoration that still has the original engine and transmission. He does have a few other parts for it to replace what is ailing, as well as a set of grills that can bring it back to the original look. The owner says that this car has never placed less than 2nd in the many shows he has had it in, and that includes a couple of Best in Class awards.
The Can Am was only available with either the 400 ci Pontiac, identified by the “T/A 6.6″ decal on the shaker, or the 403 ci Oldsmobile engine for the high altitude states, identified by “6.6″ on the shaker. Although this was a big car, it was a pretty cool factory Sports Coupe that was very unique and it’s very rare these days to see one.
The 1977 LeMans that was to get this treatment was sent to Jim Wangers’ Motortown to convert these cars to the Can Am. There are those who say that there were other colors, but Wangers will tell them that cameo white was the only color choice. There was a prototype that might have generated the rumor of other colors, and that prototype was carousel red. But that car was a 1976 LeMans and it was prepared as a Judge, and never made it to production as such.
With so many 1969 Camaro builds, and all these cars that you see everywhere else, it’s pretty cool to come across a car like this that has a little bit of luxury and a little bit of attitude. The shaker hood may have belonged on the Trans Am, but it was nice to see it on another Pontiac with the same 6.6 Liter mill. Different, but still so recognizable.