1979 Pontiac Firebird - today's tempter

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400-cube boomer

There will be no sneaking out the front gate, or anywhere else, if you own one of these. Pontiac Firebirds of the mid to late 1970s had all the styling flare you expect from the era, accompanied by the boom of a big V8 under the bonnet.

Cliff Chambers, in a buyer guide on the series, says: "Pontiac’s Trans Am was born late into the muscle car era and was one of the finest of its genre. Originally intended as a competition car, its on-track achievements were meagre but that doesn’t stop it ranking among the most successful road models in 80 years of Pontiac production."

This example is a lot more than your average Firebird Trans-Am. It’s a limited-edition (one of 1817) T-top in Daytona pace car livery, making it even more of a visual standout than is usual for these things.

Under the paint is a premium driveline, including a W72 400-cube V8 (then regarded as a top-shelf performance package) tied to a four-speed manual. It appears to have a known history and has been in the country since the early 1980s. The odo is showing a low 48,100 miles (@77,500km).

Lorbek in Melbourne has this one and it’s on the market at $99,990.

 

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