Not a Trans Am: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Espirit – NOW $7,500

December 29th Update – a third new listing for this Firebird we first featured at the end of October.  The seller also lowered his asking price by another $1,000 to $7,500, which prices this Espirit below Hagerty’s #3 “Good” estimate.  We’ve update the link and first paragraph details.  Good luck with the purchase!

November 22nd Update – we noticed a fresh listing for this Firebird we first featured at the end of October.  The seller also lowered his asking price by $1,000 to $8,500, which prices this Espirit below Hagerty’s #3 “Good” estimate. 

The current care taker of a rust-free 1977 Pontiac Firebird Espirit survivor posted his car here on Craigslist in Somerville, New Jersey where he’s currently now asking $7,500 for it.  Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the private seller currently now has his Esprit priced $1,600 lower than the #3 “Good” estimate of $9,100.  While clearly a rust-free car originally from Southern California, the torn driver’s seat and door panel will likely hold this car back from getting that much, so we recommend trying to factor those needs into the price when you negotiate.  If you are serious about purchasing this Firebird, you can start the conversation by e-mailing the seller here.

By the late 1970s, the popularity of Pontiac’s Trans Am was at its peak, especially as Pontiac was making it well known that 1979 would be the last year for its performance WS6 400 cubic inch engine.  As a result, the popularity of the Trans Am continues to overshadow other Firebird offerings such as this well-optioned, T-Top Espirit.

The Espirit was a mid-level trim package for buyers who liked the styling of the Firebird but didn’t want the performance of a Formula or Trans Am.  As such, Espirits came standard with the 250 cubic inch straight and while Pontiac’s 301 cubic inch V8 was optional outside of California, the example featured here  came equipped with an Oldsmobile 350 cubic inch mill instead.  was Pontiac’s 301 cubic inch V8 such as the one found in this example.  The notion of wanting a Trans Am affected this owner, as he’s selling after less than one year because its not what he expected.  Its an interesting example of how buying a collector car online can disappoint you if you have your heart set on a specific version of the model.  We’ve posted the owner’s description as its an interesting story.  If you know you’d prefer a more luxurious version of a second generation Firebird over a Formula or Trans Am, then this may be the car you.  Good luck with the purchase!

“Deciding to put my 1977 Firebird up for sale. Was originally a southern California car (I have all documentation, bill of sale, original manuals, etc.). Bought it in early spring of this year and had it shipped from SoCal – took a gamble on it since the price was too good to pass up but always wanted a TransAm. Car was fun for the summer but simply not exactly what I’m looking for. Has pretty much every option available for this model year – power windows, power locks, remote trunk release, t-tops, cassette player which are all working. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves as far as condition goes. I’ve taken it on several ~130 mile round-trips this summer and it continues to run flawlessly. Paint is slightly faded with a few spiderwebs on the hood but only noticeable within about 5 feet. All lights and gauges (besides clock) work perfectly, please see pictures for condition as they are more accurate than written description. As far as I can tell, everything appears to be stock. Has an Olds 350/2bbl which have not given me any problems and appear original based on trim/VIN#. Driver’s seat is lightly torn (see pics) and driver’s interior door latch plate has fallen off (still have it). More than happy to show the car in person. I will hold the car no charge for 30 days after it sells and am happy to help your shipping company load it. Will only accept cash in person and reserve the right to delete this listing if the car sells locally. No trades considered other than a 77/78 T/A. Thanks for your interest!”

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