For Sale: 1979 Pontiac Firebird in Concord, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

Pontiac seemed to be the last American automaker to get the news that the horsepower wars were over. This real-deal Code Y84 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition is proof enough. Still packing the same numbers matching Pontiac 403 cubic inch V8 that made the 2nd generation Trans Ams so unique, it's wrapped in a highly desirable Starlight Black and Gold decal exterior package made famous on the big screen by Burt Reynolds a couple of years prior. And with T-tops, a black bucket seat interior, and options like power steering and brakes, it checks off all the boxes. Today, these T/As are skyrocketing in value, no doubt driven by nostalgia as buyers finally find the disposable income to buy the cars of their childhood dreams.

This particular Poncho is a lovely Code 19 Starlight Black example that combines strong originality with restored components to deliver a lot of car for the money. The bodywork is straight, which is critical in a black car, and gaps are excellent and even all around with doors that fit flush. Even the deck lid spoiler works well, something that was hard to get right even when the cars were new. Restored in 2008, the paint still looks very fresh today, with a deep luster and bright shine that comes to life underneath our studio lights. It's not a perfect paint job, and there are some minor imperfections and blemishes, but nothing too noticeable, and the vast majority of these minor demerits could be remedied with a buff-and-wax. Love it or hate it, the gold firebird decal on the hood was the car's defining styling element, and the impact of that 'Screaming Fire Chicken' is undoubtedly still felt when this black beauty is cruising down the boulevard. The entire decal package was applied throughout the car, and it was laid down the right way, breaking up the black paint and adding to the overall stunning curb appeal of this T-Top coupe. If you've been waiting your whole life to own one of these icons, this is a great choice.

Code 19N Black Vinyl was the interior of choice with your all-black Trans Am (unless you wanted Code 62 Camel just like the 'Smokey and the Bandit' car), and it looks incredible in this car. The sporty, high-back bucket seats are supple and comfortable, and there are no splits or tears anywhere in the interior. And they're all-day relaxed and ready for long-haul cruises. Door panels are also great, the carpets are undamaged by the sun or significant wear, and even the headliner and dash pad show incredibly well. The original Rally gauges are all fully functional. They live inside a dashboard dressed up by Pontiac's traditional engine-turned panel - gold-toned to complement the decals and striping on the exterior. Other options include the original Delco AM/FM stereo, cold factory A/C, power windows, locks, antenna, a tilt steering column, and a center console that houses the shifter for the automatic transmission below. And despite being a T-top car, the interior is mainly free of the squeaks and rattles that often plague open vehicles, and the roof panels fit pretty well. The rear seats look primarily untouched, while out back, the surprisingly spacious trunk was outfitted with black carpets that match the cabin.

In 1979, Oldsmobile's 403 cubic inch V8 was sourced for many of these T/As, and the small block under the Shaker-style hood is indeed the original, numbers-matching unit. Making a more-than-decent 185 horsepower and heroic 320 lb/ft of torque (especially for the end of the era, as this motor was indeed the last of the American muscle-car Big V8s) straight from the factory, it has plenty of pop off the line. It can cruise at highway speeds with ease. Correctly coated in Pontiac Turquoise engine paint on the block and valve covers, the engine bay is all-stock and very clean, with signs of maintenance found throughout. The TH350 3-speed shifts smoothly and delivers power up and down the throttle, spinning a heavy-duty 10-bolt rear end. Trans Ams proved that Americans were starting to discover handling in addition to simple brute horsepower, big sway bars at both ends, a tighter power steering box gear ratio, and power disc brakes, all standard on the Special Editions. With a throaty dual exhaust and chambered mufflers, nicely detailed suspension and brake components, and those gorgeous 15-inch gold snowflake wheels wrapped in 255/60/15 white-letter BFGoodrich T/A radials, this is still a car that gets respect on the streets, even almost 45 years later. Legends tend to be like that.

Documented with maintenance and build records, PHS docs, and an original window sticker, this is an incredible find. Check your price books and comps, and you'll find that this car is priced right and is a wise investment for the future. Give us a call today, and we'll be happy to tell you about it!

Vehicle Details

  • 1979 Pontiac Firebird
  • Listing ID: CC-1652715
  • Price: $75,995
  • Location:Concord, North Carolina
  • Year:1979
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird
  • Exterior Color:Starlight Black
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:82907
  • Stock Number:7714-CHA
  • VIN:2W87K9L156423
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Charlotte
800 Derita Road Ste A
Concord, NC 28027

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