The Restoration Show Sale 2014

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1978 Pontiac Trans-Am 'Firebird'

Lot No.: 150

Registration: BEY 422W
Chassis Number: 2W87Z8N141996
Engine Number: N/A
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 6600
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Sold for (£): 5,060

Over a 40 year period the Pontiac Firebird has earned itself a unique place amongst automotive icons. What started out as just another contender in the "Me Too" pony car race ended up becoming so much more, only visionaries at Pontiac such as John DeLorean could have come up with a coupe like the Firebird that kept the performance fires burning once the mighty GTO was gone. As a collector's car, the Firebird has all the right credentials, competition history, a wide variety of power and trim options, various low volume and commemorative models and a healthy helping of nostalgia thrown in for good measure thus making them some of the fastest appreciating American muscle cars available today.

This particular Firebird, we understand, is fitted with the mighty 6.6 litre engine leading us to believe that with its rear-breathing shaker hood scoop, deep front spoiler and front fender vents ~ this example is a desirable Trans-Am model. The Trans Am was the specialty package for the Firebird, typically featuring upgraded handling, suspension and horsepower, in addition to the cosmetic modifications.

This car has been hidden away since 1986. It was tucked under its covers in as new condition, showing 27,132 miles having had just two owners from new, the vendor informs us that the mileage is accurate.

As such the car provides the basis for a very rewarding restoration indeed. Since its discovery the engine has been started and runs we are told and the car also appears to be all present and complete. Unfortunately during the cars long period of storage the documents have been misplaced at some point and are not present with the car. However it is HPI clear and clean title passes to the successful buyer who will need to apply for a new V5C.

A true American muscle car in all senses with raw power and aggressive looks, this Firebird deserves to live up to its name and be reincarnated once again.