Two Owner 83k Mile: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am

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The seller of this 1977 Pontiac Trans Am states that it is a 2 owner original car with only 83,500 miles since new. The Trans Am is located in Neosho, Missouri and is listed here on eBay. The car is currently bid to $18,600 with 1 day remaining in the auction. The Buy It Now Price of the car is $27,500. The 455 cubic inch V8 was gone by 1977, but Pontiac was still building excitement. Over 68,000 Trans Ams were sold in 1977.

The car is painted in Cameo White with a black standard interior. The dash, seats and console look almost brand new and the Trans Am appears well cared for. The seller states that the car was in storage from 1986 until about 2021. While it was started and taken on short drives during storage, it was mainly used for car shows. The only non-original parts on the car appear to be the Crager aftermarket wheels which will be replaced with the factory 15×7 Rally IIs as shown in the first picture above. The car was repainted in 1985 after someone backed into the driver’s door.

In 1977, 49 states featured the L78 400 cubic inch V8 engine as their base engine, which was rated at 180 horsepower. For California, the base engine was the L80 403 cubic inch V8 Oldsmobile engine producing 185 horsepower. For those seeking performance, the W72 400 cubic inch V8 engine was the option, factory rated at 200 horsepower. This engine was equipped with an 800 cfm 4 barrel Rochester carburetor, high capacity 60 psi oil pump, special cam, baffled oil pan, special piston rings and 6X heads with 8:1 compression. Based on the engine pics in the ad, this car appears to be equipped with the base L78 400 cubic inch V8 engine.

The seller says the gauges are all in working condition and the car starts and drives well. Recent work includes brakes, shocks and new tires. The paint and decals appear to be in great shape. Clean well maintained 2nd generation F bodies like this are getting hard to find. I am not sure what the reserve is on this car but based on its condition, I think it is well worth the asking price.

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  1. Greg B Greg BMember

    Nice find.

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  2. MoparDoug

    Beautiful! I’ve always liked the PMD wheels on these much more than the snowflake wheels or the honeycomb wheels.

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  3. Danny B

    Love it..Would be a blast to drive

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  4. Greg B Greg BMember

    If it were mine to keep I would rebuild the motor and get some good horsepower built in, then redo the exhaust.

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  5. Ike Onick

    “Cragar” wheels, not Crager. Small details are important to old guys, right Howard?

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  6. Frank Sumatra

    If I repainted my car everytime somebody backed into it, it would have a 1/2″ of paint on it. I’m impressed. Nice looking car.

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  7. PRA4SNW

    So, is this the first example we’ve seen of a T/A engine with the Olds 6.6 Litre stickers on the scoop?

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    • Robbie R.

      Nope, this was the much more common 180hp L78 Pontiac 400cid engine. The majority of refurbished TAs sport the incorrect “T/A 6.6” scoop decal because the aftermarket decal packs don’t have the “6.6 litre” decal. In 77, the Olds engine wasn’t very common, only sold in California and high-altitude areas such as Rocky Mountains.

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      • PRA4SNW

        I know what you mean. It always seems that you see the Old engine the incorrect T/A decal, but never the opposite/

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      • Robbie R.

        @PRA4SNW Exactly right. For what it’s worth, the Olds engines were more widely used in TAs starting in 78, then of course it was the “standard” engine in 79 paired w/ auto trans. Production figures of engines produced per year are available online many places for those who are interested.

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  8. jeff Krosnicki

    Nice looking TA , It would be fun to drive one again, My wife would end up driving more than me.

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  9. Michael Freeman Michael Thomas FreemanMember

    Really nice car and it will look much better with the Rally wheels. And thank goodness they didn’t cut the roof and put t-tops in it.

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  10. JoeNYWF64

    That shaker sits mighty low – ck to see that the gasket is still there on top of the carb. I wonder if the rounder taller easier to open up ’73-’76 shaker will fit on a ’77-’81.
    Not sure why pontiac switched to dull bloated trim rings in ’73, i think.
    Might be better off w/o them altogether – if they haven’t scratched the wheels.

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    • Robbie R

      @Joe that was actually a feature of the early 77’s called low-profile shaker. Many people (including me) actually prefer that subdued look rather than the giant protruding mass sticking out of the hood of the 78-81’s.

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