Project Pontiac: 1980 Pontiac Trans Am

The owner of this Pontiac started working on the car as a project. He is now relocating out of state, and he can’t take the car with him. He is forced to sell and is looking for someone who is willing to take the car on. You will find this Trans Am listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Long Eddy, New York, it comes with a clear title. The seller has set a BIN price of $2,500 for the Pontiac.

This car appears to be straight and largely free of rust. The rust in the floor that you see here seems to be about it. The seller removed and discarded the carpet, so we can get a decent look at the floors. They look good, and the trunk looks to also be solid. It does appear that the Pontiac has undergone at least a partial repaint at some point, as overspray can be seen in a couple of spots.

With the interior, it’s pretty much a case of what you see is what you get. Along with the carpet, the door trims went into the trash. The dash looks to be in good condition, and there are no obvious cracks in the pad. There is no mention of the state of the rest of the interior trim.

The 1980 model year marked the end of the big engines in the Trans Am due to ever-tightening emission laws. The largest engine was a 305ci small block. Our seller has rectified this, and now a 400ci Pontiac engine is fitted to the car. This is backed by a TH400 automatic transmission. The car runs and at least drives well enough to load onto a trailer. The car is also missing the factory air filter for the shaker, but the owner does have the shaker.

As far as project cars go, this Trans Am is an interesting proposition. The car looks to be largely free of rust, although it would take a personal inspection to confirm this. The body also looks to be quite straight, and with the number of interior trim pieces available in the big, wide world, the lack of an interior shouldn’t be a problem. I think that this 1980 Trans Am shows some promise, but maybe you disagree with me.

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  1. Louie

    Already gone

  2. Greg

    Puttied up rust bucket, by looks of the trunk the rear frame under the bumper is rotten away like most

  3. Allen

    The engine was a 301. Not a 305.

    • DVSCapri

      Actually the largest engine (displacement wise) that you could get in 1980 would have been the 305 Chevy motor!

  4. Comet

    “So we can get a decent look at the floors”….They look good. So, what do rotten floors look like?

  5. Bob

    Doesn’t do much good to post it the day after the sale ends. Thanks, I would have purchased at bin .

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Bob, postings are available to subscribers as soon as they are written—-usually several days earlier.

  6. Junior

    Sorry the asking price is to much for all the work I would have to put in it.

  7. Miguel Member

    I hope the new owner changes those wheels quickly.

  8. Bob Member

    Are rust holes called patina? If so, the floors are
    full of patina.

  9. KawiVulc

    Leaky T-Tops? Wet carpet does no favors. Could be fairly solid overall but, as Adam said, personal inspection.

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