Garage Kept: 1980 Pontiac Trans Am

This 1980 Pontiac Trans Am has been garage kept for the past 34 years. The car is white with a red deluxe velour interior. The seller states that the car is original and matching numbers. It is listed for sale here on craigslist for $23,500. You can pick the car up in Daytona, Florida.

“It will not pass this way again” were the words penned by Car & Driver regarding the 1979 Trans Am in the January ’79 issue. The last of the Pontiac 400’s were stockpiled in 1978 and were installed in about 10,000 of the 117,000 Trans Ams in 1979. The next year the base engine was the 301 cubic inch V8 engine that was designed in 1977 for fuel economy. The 4.9 liter engine with a 4 barrel carburetor could only produce 155 horsepower but Pontiac also offered a turbocharged version that produced 210 horsepower.


The red hobnail interior on this car looks pretty nice with only a little wear showing on the lower driver seat cushion. The car is equipped with tilt steering, power windows, and power locks. The transmission is operated by a console-mounted automatic transmission. If you wanted a 4 speed, your car would have to be equipped with a 305 cubic inch Chevrolet V8.

This car sits on 15×7 snowflake wheels. If the buyer had chosen the vaunted WS6 suspension package, the car would have been equipped with 15×8 snowflake wheels. The brakes and exhaust have been replaced. I am afraid the seller is just expecting too much for this low performing Trans Am. I love Trans Ams but I don’t think this one is worth more than $14,000.

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  1. dcor

    301 TA? This is one of the rare occasions when originality is a deal breaker. This thing is screaming for a swap

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  2. Steve R

    It’s nice, but as you suggest, it’s overpriced. If someone is going to spend in excess of $20,000 on a late 2nd gen Trans Am, is their first choice going to be powered by a 301 without A/C? Probably not.

    Steve R

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  3. X11Fan

    That’s some insane open space where the A/C box and turbo would be. I tuned up one turbo Trans-Am in my day and it had A/C. I had to remove the up tube to the turbo to change the plugs. I would love to see a picture of a Turbo 4.9 without A/C.

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    • JoeNYWF64

      Even with 455 & especially with points & condenser distributor, these 2nd gen cars are a joy to work on, when you take the hood scoop off & there’s no a/c or cruise control. Even better yet on a formula if it does not have optional power brake booster or power steering pump.

      • JoeNYWF64

        & no air pump on non california cars.

  4. JBD

    301 and 305 Chevy were such a smog disaster. Ruined the collectibility of an otherwise nice car. I believe there was a lawsuit about putting Chevy motors in Olds/Buick/Pontiac/ Caddy cars.

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  5. Daved

    It’s been for sale for nearly 2 years now…. like stated above, anyone spending $20k plus deserves AC and more power

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  6. mylo

    this is the best looking trans am i seen im really loving the interior

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