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1979 Pontiac Trans AM Special Edition

November 20, 2016

 

Owner: Joseph Koenig 

Shop: Knight's Body Shop / Southern Classic Trans Ams

"Bandit" was manufactured by the General Motors Assembly Division and Fisher Body Company at Norwood, Ohio, during May 1979.  She was originally sold by Jack Blank Pontiac in Washington, DC, for $10,000 and went on to live the typical, brutal life of a Trans Am through 12+ owners.  She was rescued during 2012 in Danville, Virginia, and has been restored almost entirely with original GM parts.  "Bandit"'s engine and drive train remain original, though her first transmission has been lost to time.  "Bandit" received a first prize at the Antique Automobile Club of America's 2016 Grand National Meet in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and is documented by Pontiac Historical Society.

 

Modifications: An NOS illuminated vanity mirror (GM RPO D64), a rare option in second generation Trans Ams, was added during restoration. An NOS Delco 23-channel citizen's band radio (GM RPO UN8) and NOS tri-band power AM/FM/CB antenna (GM RPO U83) were also added.  "Bandit"'s heavy-duty, maintenance-free, Delco Freedom II Battery (GM RPO UA1) was cloned using an original Freedom II "Delco Eye," battery caps and decals.  The original steering wheel was leather-wrapped for preservation, using the grain and stitching pattern of the 1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am steering wheel wrap.  (The gold-anodized, brushed aluminum formula spokes remain unrestored.)

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