$17,900

general specifications

vehicle photo

Year:

  1979

  

 

 

Make:   Pontiac
Model:   Trans Am
Transmission:   Automatic
Mileage:   91,250 (Actual)
Engine:   400ci W72 V8 (#'s Match)
VIN:   2W87Z9N148840
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 numbers matching 1979 Trans Am in terrific restored condition and priced to sell with low actual mileage of only 91,250. This Trans Am is one of only 2485 Factory 4-speed cars with the L78(W72) high performance engine and hard top built for 1979. This numbers matching Trans Am has a PWH stamping on the engine block, which is correct for an L78 400ci. The last six digits of the VIN, 148840, are also stamped on the block and pictured below indicting this is the original engine that was installed in the car new. This Trans Am was built for performance and also comes from the factory with the WS6 special performance handing package and is a factory 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 on a beautiful day rowing through 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 a beautiful GM Emerald Green exterior color over Camel Tan standard interior. This is the not 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 original exterior color for this car is Starlight Black over Camel Tan standard vinyl interior. The paint conversion was professionally completed years ago and still looks amazing today, its really a striking color combination. The interior is factory correct and brand new including new NOS camel tan hand built seat covers. 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, video, and information below to get a true sense of how clean and nice this Trans Am really is.

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
 


A new styling treatment to the front end was the most striking change for the 1979 Trans Am, laying back the nose at a 22-degree angle from the "Batmobile's" 16-degree angle for better aerodynamics. The Trans Am became a "bottom breather", picking up some fresh air for cooling at the bumper grilles, the remaining amount from underneath the front bumper. The traditional grille between the headlamps was gone, replaced by a pair mounted in the bumper pad extensions. The grilles were in a matte black and contained the turn signal/park lamp lenses in the upper outer corners. The now common four rectangular headlamps were each set in deep recesses, surrounded by low gloss bezels. The Pontiac crest continued to reside in the center of the front fascia.

In addition to the styling change, a bright spot to the front end restyle was a deeper front spoiler, now made of a flexible material rather than the hard plastic of the '77-78's. The change in material made it a bit more friendly to curb stones and parking lot dips. The spoiler actually was responsible for a major portion of the cooling air which was channeled to the radiator. Larger wheel air deflectors (or spats) were fitted, blending with the new spoiler.

The most drastic and best looking change to the rear had to be the tail lamp assemblies. The lamps now stretched corner to corner, with a hinged fuel filler door in the center. While this may seem enough of a change, the big news was that the tail lamps had a "blacked out" look; at least until the lights were activated, then the red was proudly broadcast. For 1979, this was major cool!

WS6 Four Wheel Brakes & performance handling Suspension:

Now that the Firebird reached significant production levels it could now be offered with four wheel discs brakes. The four wheel discs became part of the WS6 Performance Package for 1979 and was very popular. When you order the W72 400 Engine you were required to get the WS6 package so all 400/4 speeds for 1979 were equipped with four wheel disc brakes. The 4 wheel disc brakes for Firebird were unique to the line and were not derived from the Corvette 4 wheel disc brakes.


W72 High Performance Pontiac 400 engine:

The last of the true Pontiac big blocks would be installed in the 1979 Trans Am and Formula. The 400 production plant had actually been converted to 301 and 4 cylinder production in 1978 but the plan was to hold 10,000 400 engines over for the 1979 model. As it turned out demand for the engine in 1978 was higher than expected and only 8,672 were retained for 1979. Of these only 346 were installed into Formulas, 1817 in Tenth Anniversary Trans Ams, 1107 in Black and Gold Special Editions, 2917 in other T-Top equipped Trans Ams, and 2485 in Hardtop Trans Ams. The Pontiac big block received an appropriate send off in the 1979 Firebirds and marked the end of an era. It Will Not Pass This Way Again was the title of the article in Car And Driver for January 1979
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condition

 
 

Exterior

The Emerald Green exterior is in very nice driver condition. The entire exterior was just treated a complete professional detailing including: clay bar treatment, 3 stage buffing process, all brightwork detailed, and wheels and tires detailed as well. As one can see in the photos, the paint has a nice gloss, deep shine, and smooth finish. This Trans Am was treated to a professional re-paint years ago with all new decals applied. Not sure why the color conversion was performed but the process was done professionally and very well as all the door jambs were painted, trunk, inner fenders, etc. The exterior still looks great today and the body has nice lines and is solid. Often many Trans Am's will have particularly chipped up front ends, this car does not, and the nose crest emblem has just been replaced. There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos. There are some small blemishes that were too faint to show up in the photos, but nothing that is very noticeable from about five feet away. Tires are brand new sized 255/60/15 and the snowflake wheels are beautifully refinished originals. The wheel center caps and lug nuts are also new. The window fit, which is a common problem on these f-bodies, it pretty good on this car, but the driver's door take a little extra pressure to close with the window up. This may be a product of the new rubber seals. This TA has new door seals, shaker seal, trunk seal, window sweeps and window seals. The trunk is very solid and freshly painted with a new trunk seal and is nicely detailed with spare tire, jack, lug wrench and accessories, and new trunk mat.

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

 

Interior

The Camel tan standard interior of the Trans Am looks absolutely splendid. The seats covers are brand new and hand made out of original NOS material from 1979. They are perfect in every way and look incredible in the car. These seats have been converted to be able to recline which is an excellent upgrade and tasteful modification. The carpet is also brand new with no stains, rips, or holes. The dash pad is in great condition with no cracks, fading, warping or sun damage. The door panels are brand new and look excellent with no cracks or splits, and both door pulls are solid and in tact. The center console is also brand new including the shifter plate, console bin and console armrest cap. The headliner is also new and in great condition and not sagging at all. The aftermarket Kenwood CD player with USB and mp3 direct hook ups sounds great and was just installed. Brand new Kenwood 6x9 speakers are mounted in the rear deck factory position. All interior plastics are in very nice shape and are not chalky and have nice factory texture and grain pattern. A New shifter knob, door pulls and door handle cups were also just added. This car has not been smoked in; there is no aroma what so ever. Both seats recline properly, but the passenger seat back does not tilt forward. The drivers seat does not adjust forward and back normally, but can be adjusted and locked into the driver's desired position. Older Firebird interiors are not known to wear well, and the excellent quality of this restored 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 good mechanical condition and all of the accessories work. Very importantly the original W72 engine with correct factory vin stamp on the block remains under the hood. PWH is also stamped on the block and pictures of both are included below. 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, runs well, and handles great, especially with the WS6 package. The car shifts well, does not pop out of gear, and the clutch feels good. The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other. Four new brake calipers were recently installed with new brake pads and hoses. As one can imagine this was an expensive repair, but now this incredible TA stops the way it should. A new center link was installed to true up the front suspension. Recently a heavy duty new radiator was installed and this TA runs cool even on the hottest of days. All fluids were just replaced by a seasoned mechanic. Flowmaster true dual exhaust gives this TA an amazing healthy exhaust note at idle and all cursing speeds. The engine is very correct, stock, and unmolested in appearance and the engine bay is clean and nicely detailed as one can see in the photos. The AC system is all complete and most likely just needs to be recharged. 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 lot 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 on a beautiful day.

 

Overall Condition

 

Overall, this 1979 Trans Am is in very nice restored condition. It is a great value and we have it priced to sell. The market is very hot on these cars right now. This car turns heads and gets tons of attention wherever it goes. The overall condition 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 and Mecum 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 video
 
For a nine minute video of the car including running, starting, walk around, function check, and underside please visit: http://youtu.be/nIAu-wzukm4 .

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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