Beautiful TA/SE! Numbers Match 400 V8, 4 Spd, Doc'd, Believed Orig Miles, T-Tops

  • Location: Local pick-up only
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Pontiac
  • Model: Firebird
  • SubModel: Trans Am SE WS6
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Trans Am SE WS6
  • Year: 1979
  • Mileage: 36477
  • VIN: 2W87Z9L137965
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 400 V8
  • Power options: --
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Camel
  • Options: --
  • Vehicle Title: Clear

1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SE WS6 Description

Pontiac seemed to be the last automaker to get the news that the horsepower wars were over. This real Y48 code 1979 Trans Am SE WS6 is proof enough. Still packing the numbers matching Pontiac 400 cubic inch V8 that made early Trans Ams so special, it's wrapped in the all-black package made famous on the big screen by Burt Reynolds. Today, these cars are seeing a strong surge in values, no doubt driven by nostalgia as buyers finally find the disposable income to buy the cars of their childhood dreams.
This particular Poncho is a very nice, code 19 Starlight Black example that combines strong originality with some restored components to deliver an awful lot of car for the money. Bodywork is straight, which is critical in a black car, and gaps are good all around. Even the deck lid spoiler fits well, something that was hard to get right, even when the cars were new. Other than a couple restored components (such as the light housings), the paint is presumed original, and after a full buff and polish has cleaned up really well especially for black and considering its age. And love it or hate it, the gold firebird decal on the hood was the car's defining styling element, and the impact of that 'Screaming Fire Chicken' is certainly still felt when this black beauty is cruising down the boulevard. If you've been waiting your whole life to own one, this is a great choice.
Code 62 Camel was the interior of choice with your all-black Trans Am (just like the Smokey and the Bandit car), and it looks simply amazing in this car. The seats are supple and comfortable, and there are no splits or tears anywhere in the interior, which is truly remarkable in an original car of this age. Door panels are also great, and the carpets are undamaged by the sun or major wear. The original gauges are all fully functional (even the clock works!) and live inside a dashboard dressed up by Pontiac's traditional engine-turned panel which is gold-toned to complement the striping on the exterior. An AM/FM stereo radio, ice cold factory A/C upgraded with R134a refrigerant, power windows and locks, a tilt steering column, and a center console that houses the 4-speed manual shifter round out the impressive list of equipment in this Trans Am, and sans the power locks, it's all in excellent operating condition. And despite being a T-top car, the interior is largely free of the squeaks and rattles that often plague the open cars and the roof panels fit quite well. The carpeted trunk is outfitted as the factory did it, including a space-saver spare with jack assembly.
In 1979, Pontiac's 400 cubic inch V8 was making a more-than-decent 220 horsepower (especially for the end of the era, as this motor was truly the last of the American muscle-car Big V8s) and this desirable motor (the 400 was the one you wanted, not the Olds-borrowed 403) is paired with a Muncie M21 4-speed manual transmission. The numbers-matching engine was coated in Pontiac Turquoise paint at the factory and still carries its original valve covers and shaker-style hood scoop. The rest of the engine bay is exceptionally original, and a recent service in 2018/2019 (with multiple receipts) means that it's running like it should. And although it's very difficult to 100% authenticate, the mileage is believed to be original, and judging by the preponderance of evidence related to it's original condition, and the fact that it fires right up and runs superbly, we can certainly see the argument. The 4-speed shifts cleanly, and the WS6 option Trans Am was proof that Americans were starting to discover handling in addition to simple brute horsepower, with big sway bars at both ends, a tighter steering box gear ratio, and 4-wheel power disc brakes that were new for the 1979 WS6 model. With an H-pipe dual exhaust and Xlerator mufflers, nicely detailed suspension and brake components, and those gorgeous Year One gold snowflake wheels wrapped in white-letter BFGoodrich T/A radials, this is still a car that gets respect on the streets, even 40 years later. Legends tend to be like that.
Documented with maintenance records, PHS docs, owner's manuals, an original warranty card, and a factory buildsheet, this is an incredible find. Check your price books and you'll find that this car is priced right and is a smart investment for the future. Give us a call today and we'll be happy to tell you all about it!