1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The sporty Firebird was Pontiac's answer to the Ford Mustang and
Chevrolet Camaro. The car combined an available big V-8 with
aggressive, attention-grabbing styling and delivered it in a
relatively practical four-passenger package. Like it's pony-car
competitors, the rear-wheel-drive Firebird offered tire-smoking
power and impressive acceleration. The F-body platform on which it
and the Camaro were based, however, was arguably well past its
prime by the early 2000s. 2002 was the final year of production for
Pontiac's iconic but dated speed machine. The Trans Am was the
pumped-up, V8 powered model.
For consignment not as 'loud' as the Gold Special Edition Trans Am,
and not quite as menacing as the Black Special Edition Trans Am,
not as bedecked as the Silver 10th Anniversary car, this 71,000
title verified mile silver ingot combines a typical Pontiac
attitude with a refined look that was way ahead of its time.
Complete with the "screaming chicken" on the hood, not as huge as
the 10th Anniversary bird, and all nicely preserved, we give you an
updated power plant, original interior, rust free version of the
1979 Trans Am, and the last gasp of muscle car freedom for the
A single repaint of code 15, Platinum Poly bathes the exterior of
this 71,620 original mile car. It will stand out in a crowd, and
with the black, gray and red screaming chicken decal, blacked
badging and silver snowflake wheels we have a first-place winner.
All fender flaring, neoprene bumpers matching the body Platinum and
a rear spoiler look fab with only a few dings, bubbles, scuffs and
runs. Up top it we see a rarity for a Trans Am of this era, a non
T-top roof. All trimmings for the windows are in black and present
as new. A shaker opening with the scoop looking out through the
hole in the hood, badged TA 6.6, a clue to what lurks beneath the
long lean hood. And bottoming it off are the silver snowflake style
wheels which are wrapped in BF Goodrich radial T/A's all around. A
survivor, original car except for paint, presenting just fab!
Carmine, deep ruby red, is the color motif for the interior chosen
and in this writer's, opinion is a wonderful compliment to the
silver exterior. Swinging the long doors and getting past the
Carmine colored vinyl door panels showing a side view mirror
toggle, we are greeted with high back buckets in front and a 2 plus
2 bench for the back. These seats are all excellent and show in
Hobnail cloth with slightly darker red inserts with a dark red
small square pattern, which seamlessly melt into Carmine bolsters
in clean velour with some deep red colored piping as a highlighter.
The rear tubs for the buckets are Carmine as well. Between the
buckets, racing toward the dash, is a red plastic console housing a
storage compartment/armrest, the new power window switches and the
automatic shifter. Upfront a circle machined aluminum dash houses
black faced original gauges. Auxiliary gauges, all factory, stretch
across the dash and end dead center with the heat/AC slides and
modern AM/FM stereo below. Rich deep pile red carpet floods the
floors and is protected from the tootsies by red rubber mats.
Hanging above is a tight red felted headliner.
A lift of the long bird dressed hood reveals a pleasant surprise,
long gone is the original 301ci V8 and now a much more potent and
muscly 400ci Pontiac powerplant circa 1977 resides between the
fenders. This blue painted mill is topped with a 4bbl carburetor
and requisite Shaker assembly atop the fender ducted air cleaner.
Bolted to the back of this mill is a TH350 3-speed automatic which
sends power back to a Safe-T-Track equipped 10-bolt rear axle with
With the underside looking very nice with slight surface rust on
the usual suspension subjects and drivetrain, but the floor pans
and seat tub looks like new. Power disc brakes are on the front and
in the rear we see standard power drum brakes. An independent coil
spring suspension works with a leaf sprung rear arrangement to keep
this wild bird on the road. A stock dual exhaust remains and
Slipping into this car was a time capsule ride harkening back to
the Smokey and the Bandit days of the late 70's. She fired right up
and performed swimmingly on our test track. All functions save for
a finicky horn button and fuel gauge that reads 1/4 tank when
empty, were wonderfully working including the air conditioning and
thanks to new motors, the power windows perform flawlessly. Of
special note, nary a creak or rattle was heard on our drive, a
rarity for a 2nd generation F-body car.
Updated on the performance front and retaining all of its late
1970's charm, this screaming chicken bedecked ingot of silver will
have you longing for the days of yore. It still looks great, drives
smoothly and is a great car to take to a show, or just go for a
Sunday drive (remember those?).
87-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
W-301ci 4bbl V8
196041-Sequential Unit Number
07D-4th Week July Build
ST 79 2FS87-1979 Trans Am 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
BDY N25594-Norwood Body #
PNT 15L15U-Platinum Poly
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interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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