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Burt Reynolds may have been the star, but it was the black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that stole the show. There's nothing like seeing that Starlight Black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am emerge from the back of the Bandit's truck.
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
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1974 Pontiac Trans Am James Garner stars as the offbeat Jim Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private-investigator who would rather fish than fight but whose instinct on closed cases is more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye takes you on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles. For consignment a shovel nosed dual grilled, single headlight on either side, flared fender, hood scooped, tail spoiler, and slotted taillights Pontiac Firebird right out of 1974. Screaming chicken attached, and it screams loudly with its 400ci V8 with a 4BBL Holley Carb. A Buccaneer Red base coat and clear coat, this car is a screamer in more ways than just one. Exterior Buccaneer Red blazes on with a shiny clear coat all resprayed and fine from 2017. 5mph bumpers are looking fine with clear rubber bands around them. The open hood has a scoop protruding from it to feed the engine plenty of air. The Firebird Phoenix rises from the hood in sticker form and compliments the red paint. All gaps and straight steel panels are looking just fine, as well as any badging adorning this car which shows in a deep yellow contrast. 15-inch polished torque thrust wheels are all over this car and are wrapped by 255/60R15s all around. Interior Menacing black vinyl covers the surfaces of the interior of this car. Door panels are in excellent original condition with a simple shiny crank with a black knob, inset door opener, and side view mirror toggle. Sleek front high back buckets are nice and shiny and in black vinyl with some tuck and roll panels as inserts. A black 2 plus 2 rear bench is installed and is as shiny as the front buckets. Racing forward to the dash is a central console with a glovebox and the shifter, all very clean. Upfront a shiny black dash with no cracks or faults has a machined circle aluminum panel insert that runs across the drivers side and houses the instruments. A rally steering wheel, which was original to this car, is fronting the clean dash. Black carpet for the floors and a black headliner is above nice and tight. Drivetrain A 400ci V8 graces the engine bay which is not original to this car and runs like a dream. On top is an Edelbrock intake manifold and atop this, is a 4-barrel Holley carburetor to feed air and fossils to the 400 cubes. Inside a high-performance camshaft has been added. Very nicely preserved under this hood with a light blue block and valve covers, and plenty of shiny black bolt ons, supple hoses and belts. Certainly no corrosion anywhere. Also seen badged in name only SD-455 red scoop on top. The rear axle designates at GY code which translates to a 3.08 Posi-Traction setup. Undercarriage Slight areas of surface rust on the usual suspects (cast parts) but otherwise very clean and rust free, also structurally sound. Bottom end of the engine is totally oil free and a FlowMaster exhaust is fairly new in appearance. Independent coil springs for the front and power disc brakes are on. For the back, leaf spring suspension, and power drum brakes. Drive-Ability A quick starter, and after a warm-up it was off to the test track. Here it had nice acceleration, straight panic braking, and tight steering. A/C was inoperable, as was the blower motor on high speed. Also, I noticed the LF low beam and turn signal were dark. A 400 4-barrel version with the badged SD-455 shaker hood. Nicely done with great paint from 2017, and all the right badging, flaring and some chrome trimmings nice and shiny. Rising from the ashes of 1974 and smoking the tires it can become your next hobby. VIN DECODE 2V87T4N162294 2-Pontiac V-Trans Am 87-Hardtop Coupe T-400ci V8 4bbl 4-1974 N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant 162294-Sequential Unit Number TRIM TAG ST 74 2FS87-Firebird 2 Door Coupe BDY N246057-Norwood Body # TRIM 576 A51-Black Buckets PNT 75-Buccaneer Red 06C-3rd Week June Build WS4-Trans Am BLK-Secondary Interior Color
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