1979 Pontiac Trans Am Firebird 10th Anniversary Edition 6.6 V8
The ‘80’s, and pressure for more economical cars, loomed; Pontiac’s last hurrah in ‘79 was the 10th Anniversary Edition Firebird Trans-Am.
The first silver & grey Trans Am also offered a new cast iron turbo wheel design, a new silver interior, red instrument lighting and the special Super Bird on the hood; this would be among the last of the Trans Ams offered with the “T/A 6.6” 400 V8 engine and the first with 4 wheel disc brakes.
Pontiac wanted this to be a truly special car and to make it really stand out they fitted the most luxurious interior ever offered in a Trans Am – even with special ‘soundproofing’ carpets. Other upgrades included mirrored T-Tops, power windows, power door locks, a remote boot opener and the WS6 Special Performance Package, offering upgraded brakes & handling.
Only 5,683 were ever built with the 6.6 Litre Oldsmobile 403 and Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 automatic gearbox making these a rare and desirable example of the legendary Trans Am .
It was a big deal in 1979 and as a collectible car from the ‘70s, the anniversary Trans Am offers rarity, desirability and value, whilst still being a fantastic useable classic car.
This example was restored a few years to an excellent standard, with the aftermarket addition of a modern stereo, and has retained the rare 10th Anniversary Silver Bookpack; original Owners Manual, a warranty book, Maintenance Schedule, and stereo and tyres literature.
We have a copy of the Order & Invoice showing this car was originally sold in New Jersey for $9,478.77, that’s circa $43,200 in todays money.
In excellent order inside & out, it’s been subject to a recent specialist service and runs, drives & stops superbly, easily coping with modern traffic and offers a huge amount of road presence – and a great deal of fantastic V8 noise.
2 – GM Division, Pontiac
X – Model, Anniversary Edition
87 – Body, Sports Coupe
K – Engine, V8 Oldsmobile 403
9 – Year, 1979
N – Plant, Norwood, Ohio
160546 – Pontiac production number
Fisher Cowl Tag De-Coder:
79 – 1979
03D – March, week 4
2 – Pontiac
FS – Firebird
87 – 2 door coupe
N – built Norwood plant
172294 – Fisher production number
152 – interior, silver leather
15L – paint, Platinum
16U – paint, Dark Charcoal
L – Laquer based paint
A51 – bucket seats
CC1 – Fisher T-Tops
A31 – power windows
Y89 – 10th Anniversary Trans Am
530712 – Fisher time/date code