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Black Bird: 1976 Pontiac Trans Am

The 1976 Pontiac Trans Am was unique from the other years of the second generation Trans Am in that it had a different front end. It was also the last year for the 455 cubic inch V8 engine. This car is a Code 19 black Trans Am in need of restoration. It has some rust and has had a few embellishments like limited edition (LE) decals and gold painted grill and headlight bezels. The seller is not trying to say that it is an LE but rather a solid car that needs love. It is located in Sylmar, California near Burbank in Southern California. It has a Buy It Now Price of $15,400 and an optional Make Offer. There are 10 days remaining here on eBay in the listing.

The interior is worn and the dash is cracked. The Trans Am currently has a dash cap cover the cracked dash. There are at least two companies that restore Trans Am dashes. With shipping, it costs about $1,000 to $1,500 if you remove and reinstall the dash yourself. This car has the base seats that have the rips covered in black tape. I can’t tell if it is electrical tape or duct tape. The car has some nice options including electric windows, electric locks, air conditioning  and tinted windows per the build sheet.

Pontiac offered the L78 400 cubic inch V8 engine as standard equipment in 1976, while the L75 455 cubic inch V8 engine was offered as an optional upgrade. This Trans Am has the base engine which was rated at 180 horsepower backed by an automatic transmission. The build sheet shows that the car has a 2.41 rear gear ratio which would make this car really sluggish off the line. The L75 455 cubic inch V8 engine was rated at 200 horsepower and offered more torque too.

The seller states up front that this car needs a full restoration. The car is riding on factory 15×7 Rally II rims. There is rust on the trunk lid, floor boards and other places. While the car resides in California, it was originally sold in Florida. It is not listed at a crazy price and I bet it sells soon.


  1. Avatar photo JCA Member

    Gone. Good find

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  2. Avatar photo Tbone

    The buy it now wasn’t crazy considering today’s market. Needs some lovin but would be a fun ride

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  3. Avatar photo C Force

    My 76 was set up with 2.41 gears before i swapped them out for 3.08,if the car was built in van nuys,ca it would be only 180hp,but cars built in Norwood,OH were federal emission and were 185hp.Year One is one of the companies that does the instrument cluster resto and can also upgrade it to the 160mph speedo as well.I have seen a 76′ special edition in person,to celebrate Pontiacs’ 75th year as a car company.It just needs the gold tone dash bezel and the correct gold tone rims and it would be hard to distinguish from a real one.

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  4. Avatar photo rob fournier

    Hi, I visited the pontiac dealership in portland,me! this was automobile row 50’s-70’s..brighton ave into downtown( rt. 302). I was driving 68′ 400! went in to look at the 76’s.. between the TA and the formular 400..I thought the formular 400 was better looking nicer int. lower $!! it was black!! It was 75’…the price was $6000.??…kept my 68′ 400. thanx, Rob F

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