1979 Pontiac Firebird



The 1979 Firebird was the most popular in its history with 211,453 sold, a record that would never be broken by any other Firebird. This was part due to its continuing popularity from “Smokey and the Bandit,” but also because of revamped styling cues for the new year. It had a new aerodynamic front end and a breath-taking full width tail lamp treatment.

Several enthusiasts claim this year to be the true end of the iconic muscle car era because this would be the last year for the big  block V8s being offered in a small car line.

The Oldsmobile 403 was standard in the Trans Am and the last of the Pontiac 400s were installed in only 8,326 cars.

The exclusive 10th Anniversary Edition was offered this year to celebrate the 10th year of the Trans Am.

Production Numbers

Trans Am117,108
Total Production211,454

Performance Specs

Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
V6 231ci 1x2bbl 105 hp 185 lb-ft - -
V8 301ci 1x2bbl 140 hp 235 lb-ft - -
V8 301ci 1x4bbl 150 hp 240 lb-ft - -
V8 305ci 1x2bbl 133 hp 244 lb-ft - -
V8 350ci 1x4bbl 160 hp 260-270 lb-ft - -
V8 403ci 1x4bbl 185 hp 320 lb-ft - -
V8 400ci 1x4bbl 220 hp 320 lb-ft 6.7 sec 15.3 sec @ 96.6. mph


  • 3-Speed Manual
  • H.D. 4-Speed Manual
  • 3-Speed Auto

Paint & Colors


Cameo White
Starlight Black
Nocturne Blue
Sundance Yellow
Heritage Brown
Atlantis Blue
Solar Gold
Sierra Copper
Mayan Red


Camel Tan

OEM Brochures

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