In response to the wildly popular Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro bowed in late September of 1966, debuting GM’s new F-Body platform. Five months later, Pontiac released the Pontiac Firebird. The Trans Am Performance and Appearance package debuted in March of 1969, lifting its moniker from the Trans Am racing series. Just 689 hardtops and eight convertible Pontiac Trans Am units were built for the 1969 model year.
As government emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards killed the big power muscle cars of the 1960s and early 1970s, the Pontiac Trans Am gave auto enthusiasts some measure of hope. The Trans Am 455 Super Duty made more power than the 454-powered 1974 Chevy Corvette. The 6.6-liter 1977 Trans Am that was the real star of Smokey and the Bandit gave the T/A a sales boost in 1978, exceeding 93,000 units, and in 1979 sales would pass that of its corporate cousin the Chevy Camaro for the first time, with 117,078 Trans Ams crossing dealership floors.
Our feature 1979 Pontiac Trans Am has been the subject of a comprehensive rotisserie restoration completed just last month. It is one of 1,107 Trans Ams with the Y84 Special Appearance Package and its matching-numbers 400 cubic-inch V8 backed by the original Borg Warner Super T-10 four-speed manual transmission. It is also equipped with the WS6 Performance Package including power four-wheel disc brakes and front and rear heavy-duty sway bars.
The Trans Am is finished in Starlight Black with the Deluxe Decal and Pinstripe package over a Camel Tan cloth interior. The undercarriage and engine compartment have both been restored with the correct paint colors and finishes. New Snowflake wheels and center caps come courtesy of Year One, and are shod in reproduction raised white-letter Goodyear Polysteel Radials. The Trans Am is equipped with a factory-look stereo with USB and MP3 ports, original gauges with LED lighting upgrade, Hedman Shorty headers that feed into Pypes 2.5-inch Street Performance exhaust, a Cold Case heavy-duty radiator, Ridetech Suspension body and subframe bushings, and a power trunk release. Pontiac Historic Society documentation and a reproduction window sticker are included in the sale.
This stunning 1979 Pontiac Trans Am will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Indianapolis Fall Special taking place October 5th through the 7th.