Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Random Car Wednesday: 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Although introduced in 1969 as an option for the Firebird, the Trans Am didn't really become a cult classic until a 1977 model starred in Smokey and the Bandit. It wasn't as powerful as the earlier cars, thanks to the emissions regulations of the era, but with T-tops, snowflake wheels and a giant flaming bird on the hood, it turned heads and sold well. Today's RCW is a Trans Am from 1979, and what a beautiful example it is. This was the first year for the revised front end and taillights, the final visual refresh to the aging F-body. This one is a brilliant blue color, somewhat uncommon for a Trans Am, as most examples nowadays seem to be red or black. The shaker identifies this car as having a 6.6 liter V8, which still only managed 200 horsepower. Furthermore, this car has been equipped with a CB radio, a fitting touch. I do quite like this car, especially with that blue color. It may not be much of a muscle car in terms of performance, but it sure does look the part.

1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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