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1979 "10th Anniversary" Trans Am


A Brief History:
In 1979, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Trans Am, Pontiac created a very special edition. This Trans Am was painted two-tone silver and charcoal, accented by red/silver/charcoal stripes.
Silver dominated the base of the car; with the charcoal covering the roof, most of the hood, a small portion of the door centerline, and bumper accents.

On the hood, the biggest ever bird to be fitted to a T/A was included. The bird was so large that each wing tip was a separate decal fitted to the fenders. The hood bird, Trans Am lettering, and engine decals followed the general theme of the car being as they were finished in silver/charcoal/red/black.

To distinguish between the Anniversary and standard Trans Ams, new brightly-polished "turbine" aluminum wheels were added specifically to the 10th anniversary edition Trans Am.

Most of these cars had every option, which included: mirrored t-tops, power windows/door locks/remote power trunk opener, and the WS6 Special Performance Package. Either the 403 Olds or the 400 Pontiac engines were available.

The 10th Anniversary's base price was $10,620.00, which was quite a bit for 1979 standards. Although Pontiac produced 7,500 of the tenth anniversary cars, a handful of cars were prepared/optioned as pace cars on the NASCAR circuit.

The 10th Anniversary Trans Ams that sported the Daytona 500 decal package are the most collectable of all 10th Anniversary Trans Ams.


Production Figures:
* Total Production: 7,500
* L-78 (T/A 6.6) 400 cid w/ Manual Transmission: 1,817
* 403 cid w/ Auto Transmission: 5,683

Specifications:
* Body & Frame Construction: Unitized, front subframe
* Curb Weight: 3,700 lb.
* Weight Distribution F/R: 57.6% / 42.4%
* Length: 197.1 in.
* Width: 73.0 in.
* Height: 49.3 in.
* Wheelbase: 108.2 in.

Suspension:
Front:
* Double A-arm, heavy duty coil springs
* Swaybar Size: 1.25 in.
* Struts: Heavy duty hydraulic tube
Rear:
* Semi Elliptic leaves
* Swaybar Size: .750 in.
* Shocks: Heavy duty hydraulic tube

Steering:
* Type: Constant quick ratio, power-assisted
* Ratio: 14:1
* Turns: lock-to-lock 2.41

Performance:
* 0-60 Mph: n/a
* 1/4 Mile Speed: 15.3 @ 96.6 mph
* Top Speed: 124 mph
* Braking 60-0 mph: 179 ft.
* Skid Pad: 0.91 g

Drivetrain:
* Front engine, Rear wheel drive sport coupe
* Engine Type: Cast iron OHV V8
* Displacement: 400 cid.
* Bore/stroke: 4.12 x 3.75 in.
* Induction: 1 4-bbl carburetor
* Cylinder Heads: Cast-iron w/ 2.11/1.66 valves
* Compression Ratio: 8.1:1
* Camshaft: Hydraulic w/ 274*/298* duration 364/.364 in. lift
* Ignition Type: HEI distributor
* Exhaust: Single with catalytic converter, dual rear outlets
* Horsepower: 220 @ 4000 rpm
* Torque: 320 ft. lbs. @ 2800 rpm
* Transmission: Borg warner super T-10 4-speed
* Clutch: 11-in. disc w/ 2600# pressure plate
* Transmission Ratios: 2.43/1.61/1.23/1.00
* Shifter: Hurst, floor mounted
* Rear Differential: 3.23:1, Safe-T-track

Brakes:
Front:
* Single piston power-assisted 11.0" ventilated disc
Rear:
* Single piston power-assisted disc

Wheels/Tires:
* Wheel Size: 15" x 8" 'Turbo' alloy
* Tire Size: 225/70R-15" Goodyear polysteel radial


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