1979 Pontiac Trans Am
The Pontiac Firebird is an American automobile built by Pontiac from the 1967 to the 2002 model years. Designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was introduced in 1967, the same model year as GM's Chevrolet division platform-sharing Camaro.
Why This Car Is Special
The Trans Am has established itself as a permanent American icon. Production volume testifies that the Second-Gen Firebird was most popular with consumers. The beautiful Black 1979 Pontiac Trans Am we have at Skyway Classics is a combination of beautiful styling, superb handling, and strong Pontiac V-8 performance that makes It highly coveted by collectors and performance traditionalists alike.
In an attempt to maintain the Trans Am's strong performance image, Pontiac managed to stockpile several thousand 400ci blocks to use as T/A 6.6 engines in the '79 Trans Am. A buying frenzy erupted as news of the 400's discontinuance spread throughout the information pipeline.
Essentially a carryover from the previous year, the '79 code-PWH T/A 6.6 was assembled using a No. XX481988 400 block, which featured a 4.12-inch bore. Its bottom end was filled with a 3.75-inch stroke cast-iron crankshaft, while cast-aluminum pistons on cast-iron connecting rods filled the cylinders. A 60-psi oil pump dispersed lubricant, and resided within a baffled six-quart oil pan.
A Special 800-cfm Rochester Quadrajet carburetor on a cast-iron four-barrel intake manifold feeds a custom set of headers routing spent gasses into a “Y” pipe and dual turbo mufflers before it exits out the Rear. The net result of the effort is a rating of 250 hp at 4,000 rpm and 320 lb/ft of torque at 2,800 rpm.
Backing every T/A 6.6 engine throughout the '79 model year was an 11-inch clutch disc and pressure-plate assembly, and a Borg-Warner Super T10 four-speed manual transmission with a First-gear ratio of 2.43:1.
Because the WS6 Suspension Package was required with the W72 Performance Package that year, all Firebirds equipped with the T/A 6.6 received a 10-bolt rear axle filled with a 3.23:1 ratio gear set, and new-for-the-year J65 rear disc brakes on either end.
Our 1979 TA great saddle tan Interior has buckets, with a center console, simulated leather-wrapped Formula steering wheel (color-keyed) and an engine-turned instrument panel inlay that completes the look. It also has the standard Rally Gauge cluster, which included both a clock and tachometer, power windows, air conditioning, and more.
Our '79 model featured a freshly redesigned nose and tail sections, both molded from a new, softer plastic material (this also included the front and rear spoilers, as well as the wheel opening spoilers).
The new nose piece sported quad headlamps recessed into individual tunnels, while the blacked-out split grilles were repositioned below the lamps; turn signal/running lamps were recessed into the grilles.
The tail panel appeared to be one continuous blacked-out unit; it was actually a three-piece assembly, with the taillamp lenses flanking the centrally positioned fuel-filler door, cloaked in matching trim. Air extractors remained on the front fenders as they had since the '70 model, while T-tops and a new, updated version of the large gold Firebird hood decal is on our Car.
Our Pontiac has specific springs and shock absorbers, stiffer suspension bushings, a constant-ratio steering box, a larger rear sway bar, and 15×8-inch aluminum Snowflake wheels with performance tires.
The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am we have at Skyway Classics has the looks, The performance, and the optional packages that make the Trans Am into what many already considered an excellent performer to exceptional, propelling it toward supercar status. Come see our 1979 Trans Am that could compete with virtually any new vehicle on American roadways then and now.
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