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For sale: 1979 Pontiac Firebird

Technical specifications

Item location:
United States
Trans Am
Engine size:
400 V8
Power options:
Air conditioning, Power windows
Interior color:
CD player
Vehicle Title:
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Pontiac seemed to be the last automaker to get the news that the horsepower wars were over. This survivor W72/WS6 1979 Trans Am is proof enough, and with what is believed to be 30k actual miles, there may not be a better representation of that pedigree in the country. Still packing 400 cubic inches and riding high on Burt Reynolds' famous stunts, these cars are seeing a strong surge in values, no doubt driven by nostalgia as buyers finally find the disposable income to buy the cars of their childhood dreams. This is an extremely well-preserved code 50 Solar Gold example that combines strong originality with careful low ownership to deliver an awful lot of car for the money. The body is straight, exactly how it left the factory, which is critical on a car with a crease running from nose to tail, and gaps are good all around. Even the deck lid spoiler fits well, something that was hard to get right, even when the cars were new. And love it or hate it, the giant Firebird decal on the hood was the car's defining styling element, and it appears to have been untouched since it left the dealer, with a gentle patina accrued through the years. With that smooth urethane front end, a dedicated lack of chrome or stainless trim, and judicious use of decals, this particular survivor T/A is one of the most attractive we've ever featured and looks fast just standing still. When this sucker appears in your rear view mirror, you move! Tan was the interior of choice with your Solar Gold Trans Am, and the attractive and original checked fabric is further proof of a gentle life. The seats are supple and comfortable, and there are no splits or tears anywhere in the interior, although the driver's seat may be starting to just now show its age. Door panels are also excellent, and the carpets are virtually undamaged by the sun or wear. The original gauges are all fully functional, and live inside a dashboard dressed up by Pontiac's traditional engine-turned panel which remains bright. An AM/FM/CD stereo radio, A/C (R12 still blows cold!), power windows, and a tilt column round out the impressive list of equipment in this Trans Am, and as a T-top car (rare dealer-installed C&C Skylite roof), open-air motoring is only a few seconds away and the tops stow neatly in the trunk. And speaking of the trunk, this T/A still carries a space-saver spare in the nicely finished cargo bay.In 1979, 4-speed cars got a genuine Pontiac 400 cubic inch V8 making a robust 220 horsepower, one of the biggest figures of the day. The numbers-matching engine looks quite original and still carries its correct shaker-style hood scoop that is one of the most iconic looks in the automotive world. The rest of the engine bay is very tidy, with plenty of signs of proper maintenance over the years but no abuse or major modifications. The Bord Warner Super T10 close ratio 4-speed shifts cleanly, and the Trans Am was proof that Americans were starting to discover handling in addition to simple brute horsepower. With a fresh dual exhaust with X-pipe and stainless Magnaflow mufflers it sounds like you'd expect a muscle car to sound, and those gorgeous gold snowflake wheels, this is still a car that gets respect on the streets, even 35 years later. Legends are like that.Check your price books and you'll find that this car is a screaming bargain, with values that are on the move. Original, fast, and fun, the '70s are red hot in the Pontiac department. Call today!

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