1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am coupe, a 1979 commemorative Pontiac Firebird
1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am coupe

The 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am was another commemorative Firebird, this one marking the first decade of Pontiac's still-successful Pony car. The 10th Anniversary Trans Am was officially priced at around $10,600, but the announced low production and the model's perceived historical significance created a rash of speculation (classified ads appeared shortly after introduction listing $30,000 asking prices).

Equipped with power everything, it also featured a distinctive silver and charcoal paint treatment, T-bar roof with silver-tint glass hatches, silver interior with leather upholstery, the heavy-duty WS-6 handling package, and "Turbo Alloy" wheels designed by John Schinella and made by Appliance.

The Tenth Anniversary Trans Am (TATA) came with the Oldsmobile built 403 V-8 that was standard in the normal versions, but Pontiac had saved some of its own 400-cid V-8s with higher horsepower just for this special birthday model, even though the engine had been dropped for 1979.

Very few 400s were teamed with a four-speed manual gearbox, making this the most desirable drivetrain of the lot. The TATA is too new to be in wide circulation on the collector market, but it’s a car that's sure to go up in value as the years pass and the brilliant second-generation Firebird becomes a more distant memory.

Pluses of the 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am:

  • Fine performance
  • Looks still turn heads
  • Low production appeal
  • Super handling

Minuses of the 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am:

  • Collector prices not firmly established at present
  • Difficult and expensive to insure
  • Sure-fire thief and cop bait
  • Very thirsty

Production of the 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am:
7,500

Specifications of the 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am:
Wheelbase, inches: 108.2
Length, inches: 196.8

Weight, pounds: approximately 3,600

Price, new
: $10,619 base (U.S.)

Engines for the 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
400 cid
220*
1979
ohv V-8
403 cid
185*
1979

* SAE net

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