The Pontiac Trans Am was GM’s answer to the Mercury Cougar, an upscale muscle car with power and luxury to match. The T/A sold well enough to make it to its 10th anniversary, where sales of both the Trans Am and its cousin the Camaro exploded during the late 1970’s. Some day it was just a better designed car; others credit Burt Reynolds’ role in Smokey and the Bandit as breathing new life into GM’s muscle cars. Either way, this was the sales highlight of the Trans Am’s career.
So we may never know how one 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Edition managed to go unsold for over 30 years, racking up just 6.7 miles over those lost three decades. But this one-of-a-kind car recently went to auction, drawing a final bid of $85,000, reports Bangshift.
In all likelihood, this is the lowest-mileage ’79 Trans Am on the planet, and it is decked out with every option imaginable, including the 400 cubic inch V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. It is every collector’s dream car…and it sat unsold for over 30 years on the lot of the now-defunct Kitterman Motors, in Corydon, Indiana. It still has the original window sticker (MSRP: $9,211) and plastic covering the interior of the car, as original a vehicle as you will ever find.
This low-mileage Trans Am was recently sent to auction, where many people wondered how much it would fetch. After all, this was the most popular era sales-wise for the Camaro/Firebird/Trans Ams. But as far as being desirable collector cars, well, they’re just not that popular or valuable. This one was though, drawing a final bid of $85,000, making it one of the most valuable 2nd-generation F-bodies ever built. At least until someone uncovers a Camaro with only five miles on it.