$21,900

general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1979

rpo code description
L78 W72 6.6 Litre (400) V-8 Engine
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows
B93 Door Edge Guards
CC1 Removable Glass Roof Panels
B37 Floor Mats
B85 Window Sill Moldings
A31 Power Windows
UN9 Radio Accommodation Package
WS6 Special Performance Package
B18 Custom Trim Group

  
exterior color code
50 Solar Gold
interior color code
62B Camel

Make:   Pontiac
Model:   Trans Am
Transmission:   4-Speed Manual
Mileage:   50,990
Engine:   400 ci
VIN:   2W87Z9N115634
about the dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience we specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes and other GM classics.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette, Cadillac, Camaro, or Trans Am.  Founded in 2005, this is a very focused operation.  We do it because we enjoy it.  We are a collectors and enthusiasts; therefore we look for cars that excite us.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked because it is special or rare and because we like it. 
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Dan: 513.256.5543
 

vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is extremely proud to offer this very rare 1979 Trans Am in excellent condition and priced to sell with low miles of only 50,990 actual miles on the clock.  This Trans Am is one of only 2917 Factory 4-speed cars with the L78(W72) high performance engine and t-tops built in 1979.  This Trans Am was built for performance and also comes from the factory with the WS6 special performance handing package and is a factory non ac car.  That alone makes this Trans Am very rare, now factor in that only a few factory non performance options were ordered makes it ever rarer(see provided PHS documents pictured below).  It looks great, runs awesome, and is fun to drive, especially with the t-tops off rowing the gears.  This is an excellent opportunity to own a classic Trans Am that is ready to be used and enjoyed at an unbeatable value.  One could easily buy this car now and sell it for more than the purchase price in years to come.  The car is finished in the beautiful and desirable color combinations of Solar Gold over Camel Tan deluxe interior.  This is the factory color scheme as verified on the trim tag pictured below as well as the PHS documents that are also included and pictured below.  The low original mileage is verified not only by the condition of the car, but also the clear Ohio title showing the mileage as "Actual." Please peruse all of the photos below to get a true sense of how clean and correct this Trans Am really is.

The owner of the dealership personally drove this Trans Am everyday for a few weeks last month putting a couple hundred miles on the car.  That included a couple multiple hour long road trips.  During that time the car was an absolute delight to drive, preformed flawlessly, and had zero issues.  I wouldn't hesitate to hop in today and take a road trip.

As a side note, this Trans Am is not a dealer auction vehicle.  We hand pick each car after careful inspection.  Our classics come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.  We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected.  Please take the time to scrutinize each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a question about the Pontiac, just give us a call.

 

model description
 


Horsepower was finally making a comeback in good old America, and assigned to lead the pack was the 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am's W72 optioned engine- ( coded WC when bolted to the 4-speed and X7 if you needed an automatic ) the 220hp T/A 6.6. Good old cubic inches were finally saved from the Government's noose and an engine worthy of the Trans Am moniker was available.

In 1978, you couldn't "chip" an engine to make more horsepower and "cat-back" exhaust systems were unheard of. If you wanted an EPA legal power boost, you had but one choice- visit your Pontiac dealer. Some pretty neat features went into making of a T/A 6.6. First there was the carburetion, fattened up slightly for little more oomph. Next was a bit more spark advance, giving the GM high energy ignition more opportunity to burn that fuel bonus. As any hot rodder knows, the camshaft is the lifeblood of performance and the T/A 6.6 had one with an additional 20 degrees of duration. To help finish the cycle, a new low restriction dual resonator exhaust system was added, replacing the single muffler used on all other Trans Am's. ( The dual splitter tail pipes were also fitted.) Keeping the oil pressure from dropping to zero on when turning quickly to the right or left, a windage tray was added. To allow more air into the engine, a
air cleaners with a larger snorkel was added. These items were in addition to 1977's compression ratio increase of 8.1:1 (versus 7.6:!) by bolting the 350's cylinder heads on the 400 engine. Just to make sure everyone knew you had a T/A 6.6, the callouts were affixed to the shaker and chrome valve covers completed the look.

On automatic cars you got the obligatory stiffer rear springs (25-lb/in higher deflection rating) that in Detroit-speak means "tuned". The rear stabilizer bar grew to .75" versus the .62" of the non-WS6 car and all stabilizer bars received polyurethane link bushings versus the softer rubber bushing of all other Firebirds. The shocks were valved a little tighter for greater wheel control, and a new steering gearbox with a ratio of 14:1 replaced the 16:1 variable ratio unit of lesser TA's (is there such a thing?). Finally where the rubber meets the road (literally) a P225/70R15 steel belted radial of Goodyear or Uniroyal origin was mounted on a set of 15 x 8 inch wide snowflake wheels. The wheels are easily recognized by the deep dish look versus the flush appearance of the standard T/A snowflakes.

The WS6/W72 combination quickly established the 1978 Trans Am as the "King of the Hill", long before there was such a thing a Corvette ZR-1. Magazines loved the car and the Spring 1978 issue of Road Test magazine squared off a Z28, a Corvette, and a Trans Am in a street fight. The T/A was clearly chosen as the easiest car to drive fast

condition

 
 

Exterior

The Solar Gold exterior is in excellent driver condition.  As one can see in the photos, the paint has a nice gloss, good shine, and smooth finish.  Often many Trans Am's will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not, both bumpers are in excellent shape with no spider webbing or flaking paint.  There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos.  There may be some small blemishes and dings that were too faint to show up in photos, but nothing that is really noticeable from about five or ten feet away.  The decals appear to be mostly original and in good condition. There is some wear and a spot on the hood decal, which is visible in the photos.  Tires are like new sized 225/70/15 and the snowflake wheels are OEM completely and beautifully refinished originals.  In person, it is also evident that some panels have weathered differently and may be a shade off.  The trunk is nicely detailed with spare tire, inflator canister, and trunk mat, which looks like new.

This Trans Am has some stamping on the radiator core support and both front inner fenders, which are pictured below.  The core support shows a "9 14 78" stamp, or September 14, 1978.  Both fenders appear to show stampings that indicated October 1978.  Each of these stampings would be correct and original as they precede the car's build date of the fourth week of October, 1978 (10D).  As one can imagine, if this Trans Am had ever sustained even a minor front end collision these parts would have been repaired or replaced.  These original stamping are great to see in tact.

The Trans Am looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.

Window Date Codes

Please note that ALL of the glass on this car, windshield, door glass, rear glass, and even both T-tops are date coded and original as each piece predates the car's body build date of the fourth week of October, 1978 (10D). Original glass is a good indication that this car has had no major accident history and never sustained significant damage.

Windshield: AJ - "A" denotes September and "J" denotes 1978 meaning the windshield was made in September of 1978.

Driver: YJ - "Y" denotes October and "J" denotes 1978 meaning the driver's side window was made in October of 1978.

Passenger: YJ - "Y" denotes October and "J" denotes 1978 meaning the passenger's side window was made in October of 1978.

Rear: XJ - "X" denotes February and "J" denotes 1978 meaning the rear window was made in February of 1978.

Driver's T-Top: TJ - "T" denotes August and "J" denotes 1978 meaning the driver's side t-top was made in August of 1978.

Passenger T-Top: TJ - "T" denotes August and "J" denotes 1978 meaning the passenger side t-top was made in August of 1978.

 

Interior

The camel tan deluxe interior of the Trans Am looks splendid.  The seats are in like new condition with no tears, split seams, or signs of wear.  The carpet is also like new no major stains, rips, or holes.  The original dash is in good condition with no major cracks, fading, or sun damage.  The door panels look great with no cracks or splits, and both door pulls are solid and in tact.  The headliner is in great condition and not sagging at all.  The aftermarket radio sounds good, and most importantly the original dash was not cut or modified for the installation. This car has not been smoked in; there is no aroma what so ever.  Older Firebird interiors are not know to wear well, especially on cars with t-tops, and the excellent condition of this interior is a testament to the excellent care this car has received.

The interior looks just as good in person as it does in the photos.


Mechanical

This Trans Am is in excellent mechanical condition and all of the accessories work.  The mechanics and the way this car runs and drives are some of its strongest points.  The car is an exceptional driver that feels great on the road and at highway speeds.  There is no smoke when starting or driving the car.  It starts right away every time, idles well, and runs excellent.  The car shifts well, does not pop out of gear, and the clutch feels good, it does make a little noise going from first to second.  The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other.  Also, the engine is clean and nicely detailed as one can see from the photos.  The horn works as do all the exterior lights, gauges, wipers, and blower for the heater.  The speedometer, odometer tachometer, oil pressure, fuel, and battery gauges all work as they should. This Trans Am has a ton of power and handles amazingly since it is a factory W72/WS6 car. Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the 4-speed transmission and t-tops out on a beautiful day.


Overall
Condition

 

Overall, this 1979 Trans Am is in excellent condition.  It is a great value and we have it priced to sell.  This car turns heads and gets tons of attention wherever it goes.  The originally and rare option package make this Trans Am especially desirable and difficult to duplicate.  The value of these cars has gone up exponentially in recent years.  They are all solid investments for a collector.  Cars like this are the Barrett Jackson stars of the future.  One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort

 

Thank you for looking and please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle pictures

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worldwide shipping

  The vast majority of cars sold by Seven Hills Motorcars are shipped across the country or even across the world to their new owners.  Therefore, we are very familiar with the shipping process and glad to help our customers with it.  We are more than happy to assist in having your car transported to anywhere in world.  For our domestic customers in the United States we can handle the entire process in-house without the need or added expense for a shipping broker.  Please feel free to contact us for a shipping quote.

 

 



 

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