Muscle Cars

1979 Trans AM, Muscle Car Inspired by Racing


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : General Motors Pontiac
Model : Firebird Trans AM
Year : 1979

Owner : Yasser Tabbara
Country : Lebanon
Member of : El Mafia

In 1967 General Motors Pontiac division started producing the Firebird; the Firebird was produced from 1967 till 2002 in 4 different generations: Generation 1 from 1967-1969, Generation 2 from 1970-1981, Generation 3 from 1982-1992 and the last Generation 1993-2002. However the Firebird’s Trans Am Edition didn’t appear before 1969.

In 1966, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) created the concept of Trans AM Series, the series was formed at the dawn of the pony car era and was derived from the SCCA’s A & B Sedan amateur Club Racing classes, based upon commercially produced cars which had been modified for racing competition. The series was best known for competition among American V8 coupes such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, Pontiac Firebird, and Dodge Challenger in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Having said that, Pontiac wanted to create for its Firebird an upgraded package that screams performance and being so popular among Muscle Cars’ racing at that time GM wanted to use the name “Trans AM” on its upgraded Firebirds, thus the American manufacturer made an agreement with SCCA to pay them $5 per car sold, in return GM will be allowed to use the name Trans AM on the Firebird’s production. Funny enough the Firebird Trans AM vehicles were not allowed to race in the Trans AM series as its smallest engine exceeded the allowed capacity of the Trans AM series race cars.

The Firebird Trans AM was not just an upgraded Muscle Car, it was a dream to most Muscle Cars lovers from that Era. It also became a Movie star and made several appearances in major Hollywood movies: the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit, the 1978 movie Hooper, the 1979 movie Rocky II, the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II, the 1983 movie Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 and the 1984 movie Alphabet City. And who could forget the modified Trans AM “KITT” in the popular 1980s TV series Knight Rider.

All of this and despite the end of the Muscle Car Era in mid 1970’s, The Trans AM still made it through with great success. In 1979 Pontiac sold 116,535 Trans Ams, the highest sold in a year.

One of which is Yasser’s 1979 Trans AM that came in fully equipped with A/C, Power windows, Automatic Gear, Auto block and everything a 1979 Trans AM can have as comfort and styling options.

Yasser is the second owner and the car is vin matching on all parts, still unrestored and looks good as it did on its first day rolling out from the dealership in Lebanon back in 1979. Yasser’s Tran AM has only 61,000 KM on its mileage, a true rare under 100,000 KM Classic Muscle Car vehicle.


  • Engine: 6555 Cc (400.0 Ci) 16 Valve
  • Formation: V8
  • Transmission: 4 Speed/ Manual
  • Top Speed: 215.6 Km/H
  • 0 To 100 Km/H: 7.1 Secs
  • Power: 220 Bhp (164 Kw) @ 4000 Rpm
  • Torque: 298.2 Nm @ 2800 Rpm
  • Kerbweight: 1623 Kgs

As a current owner of a 1969 Camaro SS and a muscle car fanatic, I couldn’t but go crazy on this baby, when I first saw it I knew I had to get it!

Yasser Tabbara


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