Firebird Trans Am
Documented Trans Am 400 W72 V8 M21 4 Speed with A/C
- Numbers matching
- Fully documented
- W72 6.6L V8
- Borg Warner T10 4-speed
- Posi-traction / 3.23 gears
In the late 70s and early 80s, the Pontiac Trans Am was on a popularity roll! Burt Reynolds made a black one famous as the Bandit, and they were widely regarded by most as the last true muscle car on the planet. As you can probably tell from our extensive list of sold inventory, these cars are back and more popular than ever; and the upswing in value and collectability for pristine, highly optioned examples shows no signs of slowing! Astute buyers are beginning to take advantage of the opportunity to sign the papers on the Trans Ams of their fond childhood memories before prices really begin to rise. And this awesome 1979 model, with its numbers matching W72 4-speed powertrain, long list of desirable options and full documentation, is the perfect investment for a savvy buyer who wants to stash back one of the hottest collector cars on the market, or a hardcore Pontiac fan who just wants a car that'll provide years of fun!
Included with the sale is both this Trans Am's original build sheet and a copy of its original window sticker, courtesy of Pontiac Historical Services. Below, I've laid out all the equipment listed on the build sheet; and for the sake of comparison, added the price of the optional equipment from the cars window sticker in parentheses.
* TGA: Tinted windshield with antenna
* AU3: Power door locks ($86)
* A01: Tinted glass ($64)
* A31: Power windows ($132)
* A90: Power trunk release ($24)
* BS1: Insulator pack ($31)
* B18: Custom interior ($108)
* B37: Front and rear floor mats ($25)
* B77: Black windshield molding
* B80: Roof drip moldings ($24)
* B85: Belt reveal moldings ($26)
* B89: Black backlight molding
* B93: Door edge guards ($13)
* B97: Rear wheel spoilers
* CD4: Pulse wipers ($38)
* C49: Rear window defogger ($99)
* C60: Air conditioning ($529)
* C95: Dome reading lamp ($19)
* D34: Visor mirror ($6)
* D35: Custom mirror
* D53: Hood applique ($95)
* D55: Console
* D80: Rear spoiler
* D92: Driver's door handle tape stripe
* GU5: 3.23 axle
* G80: Posi-traction
* JL1: Custom pedal pads
* J65: Four wheel disc brakes
* K15: Fuel vapor return lines
* K81: 63 amp alternator
* L78: 400 cubic inch 4-barrel V8 ($90)
* M21: 4-speed close ratio transmission
* NA5: Standard emissions
* NK3: Formula steering wheel
* N33: Tilt steering column ($75)
* N65: Space Saver spare tire
* N90: Aluminum wheels
* QGR: 2.25x15 white letter tires
* TR9: Lamp group ($19)
* T48: Shaker hood
* T93: Special tail lamps
* UA1: Heavy duty battery ($21)
* UM2: AM/FM stereo with tape deck ($345)
* UP8: Rear speakers
* UN9: Radio accommodation package
* U17: Instrument panel gauges
* U25: Luggage compartment lamp
* U27: Instrument panel lamp
* U29: Courtesy lamp
* U76: Windshield antenna
* WS4: Trans Am option
* WS6: Trans Am Mark IV ($434)
* WV6: Gold graphic
* W72: Performance package
* YR1: Front custom seats
* YS1: Rear custom seat
* YT1: Custom door trim
* 19N: Black vinyl
* 19X: Black mix
* 19L: Black exterior paint
* 2DR: Trans Am
* 16P: Gray wheels
Assembled at GM's Norwood, Ohio manufacturing facility in March of 1979, this highly optioned WS6 Trans Am was delivered to Dan Thomas Pontiac in Asheboro, North Carolina. Today, it's an unrestored, exceptionally maintained second generation F-body which wears 100% original body panels that are as solid and straight as the day they left the showroom floor. Because those original panels have never been taken apart or received any major repairs, the car still displays completely correct panel gaps which look surprisingly good and provide accurate factory alignment. Currently, the car presents as practically brand new and displays a spectacular coat of correct GM code 19 Starlite Black paint which gives it a slick, factory fresh appearance. On top of the glossy and subdued paint, a bold set of Trans Am call outs combine with a menacing five color 'screaming chicken' hood decal to create some of the most recognized muscle car war paint of all time.
Not quite as 'loud' as the divisions plethora of Special Edition Trans Ams, this all business F2 pony car combines traditional Pontiac attitude with a refined look and cutting edge appointments that were way ahead of their time. Up front, a slick and pliable urethane front bumper houses four pristine headlights above large dual air intakes which, while still being instantly identifiable as Pontiacs familiar split grille face, give the car a much more aggressive look. Behind that front bumper, a traditional shaker hood sits in front of a pristine Soft Ray glass and proudly displays “T/A 6.6” denoting the cars rare and optional W72 Pontiac engine. At the sides of the car, correct stainless trim spears with body matched inserts sit between bold “Trans Am” call outs, traditional fender mounted air extractors, chrome door handles and correct rear wheel air deflectors. And at the top of the car, chrome drip rails combine with chrome B-pillar trim to highlight a stiff hardtop roof. At the back of the car, a bright “Trans Am” call out spans a correct rear decklid spoiler; and correct Firebird exclusive side splitter stainless exhaust tips hang below a correct blacked out tail light panel.
Pop the car's hood and you'll find an original 400 cubic inch W72 Pontiac V8 which was actually left over from the 1978 model year when Pontiac had discontinued production of the engine. By utilizing a better block casting, chrome moly piston rings, a revised camshaft, a better oil pump, a better distributor and smaller '6X' heads from Pontiac's own 350 , the W72 created higher compression and successfully reversed almost a decade of declining horsepower numbers. Not only does this car's engine carry a correct 29N157311 partial VIN and a '79 W72/4-speed exclusive PWH stamp, it is also branded with a November (K) 15th (15) of 1977 (7) casting date and the XX481988 casting number which is found exclusively on the beefier W72 castings. At the top of the engine, a correct Rochester 4 -barrel carburetor sits under the cars awesome shaker scoop and a correct HEI distributor sends power to the cylinders through modern Xact plug wires. Below that carburetor, Metallic Blue paint coats the entire block and original exhaust manifolds send exhaust into a high performance factory exhaust system. All the hard parts around the motor, from the belt driven accessories to the brake booster and air conditioning hanging on the fire wall are factory correct, as are the decals and signature satin finish chrome valve covers. The car's clean engine bay and hood are covered in a nice coat of factory satin black and there's fresh belts, fresh hoses and even a new battery
At the bottom of this Trans Am, a straight and clean 33 year old undercarriage tells the story of excellent caretaking with rock solid floor pans that still display their light factory undercoating. Behind the motor, an exclusive-to-the-W72 Borg Warner T10 close ratio manual transmission, which wears a correct 157311 partial VIN and a June 8th of 1978 build date, sends power to the cars original Posi-traction rear end which spins factory equipped 3.23 gears. As you can see from the build sheet this awesome Trans Am is equipped with Pontiac's legendary WS6 performance suspension which includes larger sway bars, better shocks and springs, a tighter steering gear box and new for 1979 power front and rear disc brakes. And when combined with standard power steering, all that great hardware creates some pretty serious handling ability and greatly reduced stopping distances. In the middle of the car, a fresh mandrel bent true dual exhaust system barks through factory replacement mufflers. And at the corners of the car, correct aluminum Pontiac snow flake wheels spin beefy Goodyear Eagle GTII white letter tires around pristine Trans Am 'red bird' center caps. Aesthetically, all the cars hardware and bushings appear to be in good shape; and mechanically, this Trans Am is ready to tear up the road as soon as it leaves our showroom!
Swing open the cars infamously long doors and you'll find a correct deluxe interior that looks fantastic and displays hardly any signs of wear at all. The firm and comfortable custom seats are nice high backed pieces that feature heavy duty vinyl covers and sit on like-new black carpet which looks great. Between the seats, a clean black console houses chrome switches for the cars power windows behind a chrome Hurst shifter; and above the seats, a stain free headliner is stretched tight around the cars optional dome reading lamp. In front of the driver, an excellent looking engine turned dash houses crystal clear gauges, which include an optional tic-toc-tachometer, above controls for heat and air conditioning, and an upgraded Delco-GM stereo and 8-track player. And at the sides of the seats, awesome black door panels feature correct 'red bird' emblems, chrome power door lock switches and fade-free armrests inside of pristine stainless trim. Connecting the driver to the road is a factory optioned Formula steering wheel that features a black rim and sits on an optional tilt steering column. And at the back of the cockpit, the cars pristine trunk sandwiches a correct Space Saver spare tire between correct decals and an upscale carpeted mat.
Like all of our investment grade cars, this Trans Am comes with extensive documentation. We have the cars original build sheet, all of its original books and manuals, and a stack of Pontiac Historical Services paperwork which includes a copy of the original window sticker.
High quality second generation Trans Ams are red-hot right now with the value of clean, unique factory correct cars climbing steadily each year. Enthusiasts are turning to cars like this to round out their collections, or building entire collections around the cars of their childhood just like this one. With its numbers matching, pure Pontiac powertrain, fantastic body and long list of options, this has to be one of the nicest '79 Trans Ams available anywhere!
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