Big Red Bird: 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455 Hardtop Coupe 4-Speed

  • March 23, 2021
The Rundown
  • Rebuilt, 455ci V8 Engine
  • 4-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Matching Numbers Example
  • Rare, One-Year Only Firethorn Red Paint
  • Family Owned Since 2012
  • Well-Equipped Including AM/FM/8-Track
  • Well-Documented
Why We Like It

What’s not to like? Finished in the über-rare Firethorn Red with color-matching rally wheels wrapped with BF Goodrich white lettering tires, the car is fitted with all the requisite decals, scoops, flairs, wings, and spoilers that make the Trans Am one of the boldest cars ever made. Inside, white vinyl upholstery is met with red carpeting, dashboard, and details, the bucket seats separated by a center console with side-hinged armrest over a compartment, the power window switches, and the 4-speed shifter. An AM/FM stereo is nestled into the dash just above the 8-track player and the black-rimmed gauges are surrounded by the famous engine-turned aluminum bezel.

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Valuation Verdict

Trans Ams have long been strange birds on the collector car market, and even though they were on an upswing the past few years, they leveled out, dipped, leveled out again, and most recently they seem to be back on the rise. In particular, of course, are those equipped with the 455ci V8 because of their rarity and power. With the roster of options, seemingly exceptional overall condition, rare color combination, big block engine, manual transmission, and so on, we consider this one to be well bought at this price, which is smack dab in the middle of Hagerty’s #2 and #3 cars from their price guide.

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