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Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 10th Anniversary/Formula Super Duty 455

Make: Pontiac
Model: Trans Am
Type: Coupe
Trim: SD-455/Formula
Year: 1979
Mileage: 80,000
VIN: 2X87Z9L163046
Color: Lucerne Blue
Engine: SD-455
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Silver Leather
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Edgewater, Maryland, United States

1979 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455/Formula Additional Info:

Down Sizing Sale
1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am made to look like a 1972 Formula. An amalgam to put all of what I found best in 2nd Gen F-Body into one car.

EXTERIOR (On frame restoration by Musclecar Memories Resetorations Lincoln, NE)

· 1979-1981 Rear Clip w/ smoked full width tail lights.

· 1979 Fisher mirrored T-Tops.

· Pre-1979 angled edge rear spoiler.

· 1972 Firebird Formula front clip with functional fiberglass Ram Air Hood & Air Cleaner.

· 1973-75 Aftermarket 17” Honeycomb wheels w/ 1974 Chrome Exhaust Tip.

· 1979-1981 Aftermarket 17” WS6 Snowflake deep dish wheels w/ 1977 Splitter Exhaust Tip.

· Lucerne Blue paint w/full body edge bright work, hand painted Firebirds on nose, sail panels, rear spoiler and factory stripes and of course the flames.

(On frame restoration by Musclecar Memories Resetorations Lincoln, NE)

· 1979 10th Anniversary Leather interior with embroidered Firebirds.

· Enhanced with GM Design Executives one-off contrasting piping, kick panels and carpet.

· Enhanced with One-of-One Trans Am contracting door jamb color.

· 1979 10th Anniversary red instrument lighting for full instrument cluster and 5,500 redline Tach.


· 1974 Pontiac Super Duty 455 race block harvested from donor car. In 1973 & 1974 SD 455 Firebirds were considered the quickest cars in a quarter-mile in North America if not the world.


· 1979 WS6 handling package, quicker steering box, thicker sway bars, stiffer poly bushings & 4-wheel disc brakes. From 1979-1981 WS6 equipped Firebird were considered the best handling cars in North America exceeding .8g laterally.

(Engine build by WAM Power, Omaha, NE)

· 455 bored and stroked to ~500 cu in; aluminum heads and aluminum intake; custom grind roller lifted camshaft & 6,200 RPM Redline, >500HP @ 4,500 RPM & > 600 # Ft @ 3,000 RPM.

· Aftermarket Tremek 5-speed transmission. No idea about MPG since odometer doesn’t work!

· Lightened driveshaft w/safety loop w 3.23 Posi-traction rear end.

· 4-point roll bar, sub-frame connectors, solid body mounts and steel control arm bushings.

· Fully adjustable upper A-Arms with track alignment.

· Front Coil-Over conversion; Springs @ ~700#/in, stiffer rear springs with Delrin bushings.

· Larger front brake rotors, Corvette calipers and track pads.

· Rear track pads on stock disc brakes. Premature lock up makes threshold braking a waste of effort.

· A couple of cool dash mounted rocker switches for engine start enable circuit security.


· Haven’t fixed odometer, as the result the car doesn’t age. Clock doesn’t work -duh!

· Enjoys laps at Summit Point and Dominion Raceway. Superb torque and engine braking!

· Rear brake PRV to fix premature brake lock up needs to be re-piped w/o prop valve in series.

· Personally I never get tired of looking at the shape of 2nd generation Pontiac Firebird’s.

· Removed 10th Annv. Screaming Chicken decal (largest ever) in favor of dual scoops Formula hood