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1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 USD
SOLD: $38,500 USD
  • 1979
  • Pontiac
  • Firebird Trans Am
  • 2W87K9L185073
  • Heritage Brown
  • Tan
  • Low Original Miles
  • Excellent Running Condition
  • Rare Untouched Condition
  • Original Manual and Documents

2,900 Mile 70's Classic Muscle

A stunning example of one of America's most iconic muscle cars with less than 3,000 miles and just three careful owners. As it states on that bitchin' hood scoop, this Trans Am is pure muscle, fitted with the most powerful 403ci 6.6L engine option.

This Car's Past

Time capsule is a term often used to describe an unmolested low-mile vintage car, however, in the case of this amazing Firebird Trans-Am, “time capsule” doesn't just describe the car, but everything that comes with it. It was ordered by Jim Hovendick on March 27, 1979 at Adams Motor Company of Fremont Nebraska in Heritage Brown paint, tan interior, a/c, tinted glass, door edge guards, AM-FM 8 track, special handling package, tilt wheel, Hood decal and custom interior for $7,475. How do we know that? Well, this time capsule not only has the original delivery sheet, but also the original order form! It has the original registration, original temporary tag, owner's manual and other books. It also has a letter from the first owner's family to the second owner. This Trans Am is now in the hands of just it's third owner and to add to it's unique “time capsule” history, the accompanying documentation includes travel documentation to and from Dubai. It spent a short time there on loan, where it was displayed in one of the region's most impressive showcase facilities.

History of the Model

1979 Trans Am carried a very similar body style to earlier model years, but with a restyled front end. In it's standard configuration, came with a 403 cubic inch V-8, featuring a 4.351 x 3.385-inch bore and stroke, "4A" cast-iron heads with 2.00/1.55-inch intake/exhaust valves, hydraulic lifters and a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, the 7.9:1 compression engine was rated for 185hp and 315-lbs ft of torque. Like most single-exhaust V-8s, it used a crossover tube to connect the driver's-side manifold to the passenger side; a single pipe connected to a single catalytic converter, followed by a Y-pipe leading to twin resonators and twin tailpipes featuring "splitter" tips. Look for the letter "K" in the VIN, while the Shaker scoop should feature "6.6 Litre" decals.

Preservation History

This Trans Am has had routine maintenance and has been carefully preserved with it's original paint and interior. It's been treated to a recent service and oil change. It runs perfectly and the a/c blows cold.

Market Trend

Low mile “survivor” Pontiac Firebird Trans Am's come to market regularly and are typically offered for retail sale in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. The larger engined 6.6l cars with unique colors and options command premium prices. Values have held steady for the past four to five years.


“One of one”, “Time capsule”, “Preservation class” … call it what you want, use the terms you want. You'll be hard-pressed to find another Trans Am of this quality, with this documentation, that absolutely defines the era in style and brilliantly 1970's color combination.

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