LS1 SWAP RESTOMOD, 4L60E TRANS, TTOP PWR FRNT DISCS/STEER, EXC PAINT, BANDIT CAR
Now is your chance to be the baddest Bandit on the road. This 1977 Pontiac Firebird might look like a pristinely restored Trans Am Special Edition car, but underneath the surface is a restomod with modern LS1 V8 power.
The truth is these cars never look better than when they're dressed in formal black SE trim like this clean T-Top coupe. The black seems to highlight not only the aggressive shape, but the many gold-colored details practically leap off the glossy bodywork. And for a car that's coming up on its 40th birthday soon, this one sure looks good. It has super straight flanks that don't even show so much as a parking lot ding, and a extremely high gloss finish makes the black shine like chrome. The decals are in great shape too, with no checking or peeling. It's even clean on the chin spoiler, where most of these cars show their true wear. In fact, from the outside, this one looks pristine and stock right down to the iconic snowflake-style wheels. Of course, true Pontiac fans might recognize they are larger than stock, and by only offering little hints at higher performance, it allows this turn-key restomod to travel as an incognito classic.
One look inside and everyone will know this car is more than just pristinely stock. Even those who didn't notice the "Trans Am LS1" custom stitching on the doors will instantly realize that the black suede-like, and tan leatherette materials, as something way too comfortable for the original '77 car. This pattern is matched on all four seats, including the late-model front buckets, and fits nice! The driver gets the iconic Trans Am three-spoke steering wheel, but beyond that is a custom panel with a full set of readouts. And just in case the "Bandit" badging on this wasn't enough to remind you that this is one wild ride, the B&M ratchet-style shifter will certainly do the trick. You'll love taking off the T-tops, so everyone can see you do your best Burt Reynolds impression, and just to make the Bandit feeling is complete, you can also turn up the Jerry Reed songs on your Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo.
There might be the 6.6-litre callout on this T/A's shaker hood, but that's just to keep the original look from the outside as intended from the factory. Once you look under the hood, you see that shaker has been planted on top of a modern 5.7-liter LS1 motor. You might think that a smaller displacement means less power, but this fuel-injected modern V8 makes 40% more power than those emission-choked '77 engines ever could, and with Electronic Fuel Injection...just turn the key. All of this looks great packed into an engine bay that still had enough room left over for some interesting touches, such as the mean cold air intake air tubes coming out of the side diamond plate trim. Not only does this package produce plenty of power, but it also has a nice roar at higher RPM, thanks to the large diameter dual exhaust system. But this Trans Am is more than just about a high-performance bite. For example, the 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission is not only stout enough to performance shift, but also it's an overdrive unit that is good for cruising. The same can be said for the front disc brakes and power steering. So what you have is a package custom built to show off, and also has the right features to put a smile on your face even when no one is looking.
The LS1 motor has some interesting Pontiac lineage, where it made its way into the last, and best all-around performing Trans Am. Wrapping that up in the most iconic T/A body is just an interesting, and fitting tribute to the Pontiac name. You can tell them all of this at the car shows, but that still might be tough. After all, that would mean you'd have to stop driving this exceptionally fun restomod long enough to park it for a few hours. Call today!!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Steering
- Transmission Spec
- Rear End
- 10 Bolt
- Front Suspension
- Double A-arm
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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