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1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 10th Anniversary Coupe

  • Chassis no. 2X87Z9L178062

Sold for $34,100


An 11,000 mile outstanding and fully documented example

220 bhp, 400.0 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.0 in.

In 1979, Pontiac celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Trans Am by creating a truly special edition based on their second-generation design. It was painted silver and a two-tone charcoal, which was complemented by red, silver, and charcoal stripes. On the hood, the biggest bird ever to be fitted to a T/A was included. So large was the bird that the wing tips were a separate decal fitted to the fenders. A new “turbine” smooth, brightly polished dished aluminum wheel was specific to the anniversary edition, as were new Firebird decals placed on the B-pillars replacing the metal emblems affixed to standard Trans Ams.

The interior was treated to more luxury and thought than any previous Trans Am. The color scheme from the exterior was naturally applied to the interior. Most items were finished in a light grey/silver hue, including the steering wheel. A new seat was designed and covered in silver leather with some vinyl accents. When Pontiac designers were insistent about producing an embroidered bird with six different colors, a special machine was imported from France to do the sewing. Even though few (if any) Trans Am buyers were worried about road and engine noise, the anniversary model has specially designed carpets to reduce these sounds. Options included (and most were fitted) with mirrored T-tops, power windows, power door locks, a remote trunk opener, and the WS6 Special Performance Package (upgraded brakes and handling). Cars ordered with an automatic transmission were fitted with the 403-cubic inch Oldsmobile V-8 engine, and models with a four-speed received the 400-cubic inch Pontiac engine. The cars were a huge success and 7,500 were sold before Pontiac pulled the plug.

The stunning and very original 10th Anniversary Trans Am presented here shows just over 11,000 miles on the odometer, which is shown to be original from new given the plethora of documentation that accompanies the car. Furthermore, its excellent condition also confirms its originality with authority, as it benefited from careful and meticulous ownership. It retains the original delivery information and build sheet, which shows its first owner being Indianapolis resident Robert Stites and then subsequent ownership by Jack Roland, also of Indianapolis.

Complete with all expected options, including the four-speed manual transmission, an 8-track player and AM/FM radio, power windows, seats and brakes, this “like new” Trans Am is an exceptionally well-cared for example that will undoubtedly continue to appreciate in both value and collectability given their large fan base.

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