For Sale: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula in Milford, Ohio

Vehicle Description

1979 Pontiac Formula, Factory 4 speed W72 with Pontiac 400 Engine, Numbers Match, 23K Actual Miles, Original, 346 made!!!



Cincy Classic Cars is very proud to offer this rare 1 of 346 Factory 4 Speed Formulas ever produced with the Pontiac 400 high performance W72 engine.  This car is very special because it still retains its numbers matching original Pontiac 400 engine and 4 speed manual transmission with matching vin stamps.  Adding greatly to the value of this unique car is the fact that this Formula only has 23,571 documented "Actual" miles and only 1 real owner since new.  This formula is mostly original and unmolested and comes with the original build sheet, Window Sticker in frame, dealer books and brochures, and photos of original title.  This Formula features amazing original paint, a mint original black  vinyl interior, and the numbers matching 400 Pontiac engine and numbers matching 4 speed manual transmission.  This Formula is exceptionally solid with great lines and gaps.  There is no visible rust on the body or underside of this car.  There are no touch ups and no signs of any body repairs or repainted surfaces and the finish and paint quality is absolutely excellent and nearly perfect.  This Formula is finished in the beautiful and desirable color combinations of Mayan Red (code 75) over Black vinyl interior code(19RN).  This is the factory color scheme as verified on the trim tag and build sheet pictured above.   The Miles are stated as "Actual" on the title.  Some day two bolt on's occurred by the original owner in the early 80's and remain in place today.  Most of the parts removed come with the car outside of the original front seats and intake manifold which were misplaced over the years.  


The Red and Grey exterior is in stunning absolutely beautiful original condition.  This Formula has all original paint with no repainted areas, no metal repairs, and absolutely no rust, no bubbling paint, and no cracked paint or crazing in any way.  Its showroom fresh and hard to believe its original but it is.  The original paint is in overall wonderful condition for being original and looks and shows extremely well.  Both bumpers are in excellent shape with no flaking paint or faded paint and no spider webbed paint.  The decals are in great shape and look excellent on the car and are completely original.  There may be some minor imperfections that are not noticeable in the photos, but noting was intentionally excluded from the photos.  As close to perfect as the exterior is its still 40 years old and unrestored so there may be a few very minor small imperfections.  Tires are brand new and sized 255/60/15 and have less than 100 miles on them.  The 15x8 Snowflake wheels are OEM originals and are in great shape and the center caps and lug nuts are originals as well and in excellent condition.  All weather stripping and window sweeps are original and in near perfect condition.  The trunk is solid and exceptionally clean with the original space saver spare tire, jack and tools, and the original correct trunk mat, which is in remarkable condition.  Its believed the spare has never once been removed from the trunk and the jack never removed.  The underside of this Formula is outstanding and extremely solid and rust free.  It was heavily undercoated when new and the undercoating is still in place and has protected this car from harmful rust and corrosion.  There are some factory assembly line markings and tags still in place as seen in the photos.    


The Black vinyl interior of this Formula is mostly original and in near mint condition.  The original seats were removed in the early 1980's and Recaro seats were installed.  These very comfortable Recaro seats have almost no wear, stains, or seam splits.  They are soft and hold their form as if they were new and are very comfortable.  They are form fitting and have a nice high headrest and recline and are easy to operate.  These style seats came stock in some TA's and are a popular desired upgrade.  The rear seats are stock and in perfect shape.  The original front seats are gone.  The carpet is original and in near perfect condition with no noticeable wear, no stains, rips, or holes.  The original dash is immaculate with no cracks or warping or fading and amazingly the plastic retainers are still in position under the A pillar trim.  The dash bezel is in excellent near perfect condition.  The original door panels are in excellent condition and both door pulls are solid and in tact.  The headliner is in excellent condition and the package tray is in like new condition.  The stereo was changed to a Sanyo Cassette player in the early 1980's and still works nicely today.  All interior lights and gauges work as they should including the cigarette lighter.  The horn, tach, stereo, wipers, and blower motor on all speeds all work.  


This Formula is in excellent mechanical condition and most importantly the original numbers matching Pontiac 400 engine and transmission are still in the car, see vin stamp photos of both above.  The amazing low "Actual" miles on this Formula are 23,571.  This Formula runs and drives exceptionally well, it rides tight, drives strait down the road, does not run hot, and drives like a new car.  The original owner treated this Formula to some day two bolt on's which are still on the car today.  Most of the removed parts come with the car today.  The car runs strong and very well and is a true joy to drive, especially with the 4 speed manual transmission.  4 new shocks were added with new sway bar end links.  An Edelbrock intake was installed back in the day with newer spark plug wires.  The original spark plug dated wires come with the car along with removed vacuum lines and the like.  An electric fuel pump was added with an on off toggle switch under the steering column.  An electric fan was added to the original radiator with a toggle switch under the steering column.  Its not needed but there and working if desired.  The engine bay still shows a lot of originality and several original factory markings, factory vacuum lines, factory hoses, factory decals/stickers, and factory tags are still in place.  The original 4" flex hose is still in place and those alone can sell for $500 on Ebay.  This rare Formula has factory 4 wheel disk brakes.  The exhaust has headers and true dual mufflers and was changed in the 80's as well and is still in great condition.  The original removed exhaust manifolds come with the car.  Also, the engine is clean and nicely detailed as one can see from the photos.  This is a factory NON AC car which really cleans up the engine bay area and adds to performance.  This Formula has been loved and meticulously cared for by its previous owner and has been garaged everyday since new.  The outstanding condition of this Formula and the way it drives is a true testament to prior owners care and love for this special car.  This Formula is truly the one to have being a low production car with the highest performance drive line available in 1979.  An alarm system was added in the 1980's and pars of it are still in place.  The front drivers fender still has the key activation part mounted in the fender.  It could be easily removed and patched but we choose not to alter the originality of the car.  4 mudflaps come with the car and simply mount to the clips on the wheel well lips.  

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1368660
  • Price:$29,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Milford, Ohio
  • Year:1979
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird Formula
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:23751
  • Trim Level:Formula
  • VIN:2U87Z9N121508
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Unrestored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Cloth
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive