The Pontiac Trans Am production began in 1969 and only a few hundred were sold that year. As the years progressed, the muscle car era and the days of the high-horsepower engine greatly digressed. Emission regulations, increase in oil prices, and increases in safety policy brought this glorious era to its knees. During this time, the popularity of the Trans Am steadily increased, thanks in-part to its relatively powerful engine, good handling, and styling. In 1977, Burt Reynolds’ “Smokey and the Bandit” was released and the cars place in history was secured.
The 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and 10th Anniversary Trans Am received dramatic front-and-rear facelifts. That included a no-grille appearance in an elongated nose, flanked by inset quad rectangular headlamps. A urethane casting held the recessed head-lamps, with horizontal louvers below. At the rear lurked a full-width taillamp, which seemed to disappear in daylight. Front and rear spoilers were installed, and wider fender skirts could encompass fatter tires.
Firebird Formulas carried Pontiac’s small-block, two-barrel 301-cid V-8, packing 140 horsepower; Trans Ams used Oldsmobile’s 403, rated at 185 bhp. Lower-rung Firebirds might have the Buick V-6, a 150-bhp four-barrel 301 V-8, or Chevrolet-built 305.
This 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is finished in Solar Gold. It has the Iconic Firebird hood decal, chrome exhaust splitters, and “snowflake” aluminium wheels in exceptional condition. It is powered by a 403 cubic-inch Oldsmobile v8 producing 185 horsepower. The transmission is a Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic. This example comes equipped with Pwr. Steering, Pwr. Brakes, and a working A/C system! Other modifications include Exhaust Headers, Frame connectors and a Mild Cam! The Dark Camel with Hobnail cloth interior is in great condition and shows extremely well. Overall this is a solid example in great condition both mechanical and cosmetic!