21k Genuine Miles: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

For those of you with a soft spot for the Screaming Chicken, this 1977 Trans Am seems like a great car. Its condition looks quite impressive, and if the low mileage claim can be verified, then it’s a car that is barely broken in. I really have to thank Barn Finder DAN O for spotting this beauty for us. Located in Red Bluff, California, you will find the Trans Am listed for sale here on Craigslist. The asking price for this classic has been set at $23,900.

There can be no more iconic paint scheme to grace an American car from the 1970s than the black and gold that you see on this Trans Am. It is not only instantly recognizable in its home country, but in a multitude of countries right across the globe. The paint on this Trans Am looks to be in really good condition, with no signs of any major chips, scratches, or dings. The gold pinstriping looks really good, while the distinctive alloy wheels seem to be free of pitting and stains. The owner provides a good selection of photos of the Trans Am, and it appears that the car is free of any rust issues. This is probably a testament to both the fact that the car has spent its life in California, and that it has always been kept in a garage.

The interior presentation of the Trans Am is quite good, and the only fault that I can spot is some discoloring of the glove compartment door. Of course, this could also be a trick of the light, but even if it is a fault, it would be easy to address. The rest of the interior is spotless, with the upholstery, carpet, dash, and pad all looking pretty well as it did when it left the factory. There have been no aftermarket additions to the interior, but the car is nicely equipped. It features air conditioning, power windows, a tilt wheel, and a radio/8-track player.

Being a Californian car, under the hood of the Trans Am is the 403ci V8, backed by a 3-speed Hydramatic transmission. Power steering and power brakes were standard features at this point in time. Of course, emission laws had impacted the Trans Am by 1977, and the 403 produced 185hp. This meant that while performance figures were reasonable, they were nowhere near what they had been only a few short years before. The owner claims that the Trans Am has only logged a genuine 21,000 miles since new. He doesn’t indicate whether he holds any evidence to verify this, but as I said earlier, if this is accurate, then this is a car that is barely broken in. The presentation of the engine bay is dusty, but it shows every sign that it would clean-up okay. The owner says that the car runs and drives well, and if the mileage claim is accurate, then this would hardly be surprising.

I have to keep coming back to the mileage claim for this ’77 Trans Am because that has some impact on the car’s potential value. The owner is asking $23,900 for the car, and if the mileage is accurate, then that makes this a car that is very competitively priced. Even if the mileage isn’t accurate, the general condition would potentially justify the price anyway. I think that whoever buys this Trans Am is going to wind up with a pretty nice classic that should be around for many years to come.


  1. slickb

    You just can’t go wrong with these! I love mine very much! they are great cars!!

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  2. Jack M.

    Looks like all that it needs is the proper GM upper radiator hose to hit the shows.

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  3. Chevy King

    no gold headlight surrounds,no gold dash,no 8 track in the console,no gold pinstriping around front fender side vents

  4. Jimmy

    Man! I have loved these ever since the movie came out but at 55 and these prices, I guess I’ll never own one. Sucks for me but kudos to all of you that have or had one. I had an opportunity to buy a black and gold ’79 way back years ago from a friend but always wanted my first (and probably only) one to be a ’77 black and gold with t-tops preferably but not mandatory. Beautiful car…

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  5. mainlymuscle

    I could be mistaken,but I thought the “T/A 6.6 ” was the true 400 cid Pontiac motor,whereas the 403 was the lower performing Oldsmobile mill.If so the scoop on this on has the wrong decals.Not an insignificant detail,for an original low mile car.

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  6. Chevy King

    ive still got mine from new not an SE but black Hurst T- Top, tilt,cruise,power windows , T A 6.6 Pontiac 400, 350 Automatic custom interior window sticker 8,250.00 out the door at the time there wasn’t that much money in the world.Talk about a Chick Magnet.

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  7. Ron

    Where the gold trim on instrument panel , steering wheel trim and other outside fold trim ? Not a bandit car !

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