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Inexpensive American Muscle: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

There is something ever so slightly enticing about this 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. Whether it is the $5,000 asking price, the decent condition of the car and its aged, possibly repainted Sterling Silver paint, it has a tough look. The car has a clean title and is located in Nipomo, California. Unfortunately, no miles or VIN are listed. Thank you, Taylor W, for the tip. You can find more about this Trans Am here on craigslist.

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

The photo of the engine is quite stunning, and slightly perplexing. In the listing they say the WS4 6.6, 400 cubic inch V8, is said to run well. However, the seller follows that up saying that they “suppose” that it may be rebuilt. They also say the 350 automatic transmission has been looked through as well. The photos do suggest that it’s been rebuilt, but who knows?

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

Inside, the car is not too bad. The listing states that the passenger side door is missing its panel. It does have power steering, power windows, and a working speedometer and tachometer. The dashboard and console are all in good condition according to the listing. The only real downside is that the few rust spots on the car include a few inch wide hole in the passenger side floor pan.

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

Some other rust spots include rust on the door corners and a hole behind the passenger side door. Surface rust is visible, but there are underside photos of the car and that is in surprisingly rust free condition. This car could easily be a driving project. The seller says there are no patch panels. Tending to some rust spots, and finding a few missing interior pieces, this car can be a great cruiser.


  1. Robert Sabatini

    A good, restorable example of the last bastion of Poncho 400’s!

    Like 5
    • Slickb

      I’ll take two😁😁😁

      Like 2
    • firemedic2714

      Unless someone has done an engine swap, automatic cars had the 403 Oldsmobile. Manual transmission cars had the Pontiac 400.

      • Rosco

        Pontiac 400 with a 4-speed was available in ’77.

      • Marty Parker

        That was 79 only.

  2. Crazyhawk

    I know you see tons of modern silver cars now, but somehow that color makes the old muscle cars just look that much more sinister. Love the looks of this one.

    Like 8
  3. grant

    What’s the world coming to? 5k for a rusty, clapped out Trans Am and that’s considered “inexpensive?” And I may be mistaken but shouldn’t the transmission be a TH400?

    Like 2
    • Marty Parker

      1974 was the last year for the TH400 in Firebirds.

      Like 1
  4. DVSCapri

    Yeah… the hood is scrap – drivers side leading edge – those rust spots are coming through from underneath(it’s toast!), the rust that you can see on the bottom of the doors – hard to tell, but I’m guessing at the very least they’ll need new skins. Passenger side rust spot on car near bottom rear of door (bottom of 1/4 panel) possibly the death cry of this car… can be very expensive to repair (replace actually) correctly & you may “open up a can of worms”, fenders may be able to be straightened – but check the rust 1st!
    Engine may have been rebuilt, but there’s also a lot missing in that engine bay! As for the trans – I don’t believe they were using the T400 anymore at this point (not sure though) – I know I’ve put them into a couple that I’ve owned, but they came with T350’s.
    Interior looks to be missing a few things, that carpet is junk, no truly “good” pics of the console to say (I’ll bet money the console pad and/or lid are broken for starters).
    In the end this is a parts car at best (unless you have deep pockets & want to recreate one that you owned just like this). $5K??? no, $500 – 1000.00 TOPS!!

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  5. Rosco

    Looks like a lot of expensive rust repair for $5000. Also a big negative being a non A/C car. Coolest parts are the factory radio, 8 track in the console, and the vintage “foilers”.

    Like 1
  6. Steve P

    I bought a brand new Trans Am in 1976, 400/auto, loved that car and wish I still had it, and my ’59 impala coupe, and my ’64 Impala SS, and my ’67 Cougar, and my ’68 VW Beetle, and my ’72 VW square back😢

    Like 5

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