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1977 Pontiac Firebird

Trans AM SE Coupe
Mecum Harrisburg 2022
Wednesday, 27 July - Tuesday, 30 August
$440,000
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
30 July 2022
Sold Date
S132.1
Lot Number
#2+
Detailed to restored
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 2W87Z7N202963. Black and gold over black vinyl. 400/200hp, automatic, Y82 Black and Gold special edition, glass T-tops, factory Uniroyal tires, air conditioning, cruise control, gold alloy wheels.

Evaluation: Represented as the matching numbers engine. Excellent paint and original interior. Shows only slight age and no use. The odometer reads 15 miles and nothing in the car’s on-site description tells us it is an original, unused car but there are a few clues like the factory tires and taped door sills.

Bottom Line: Smokey and the Bandit in the metal, an impressive, even astonishing, example of meticulous presentation. Mecum sold another Y82 Trans Am at Indy two months ago (s/n 2W87Z7N145675) for $187,000, which was hard to understand at the time, but this transaction is something else. The only way to make sense of it is to consider it a 15-mile original unused Trans Am that has been meticulously detailed to pristine showroom condition, and even then it is a curve-setting result.

by Rick Carey
12 August 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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