Concours Candidate: 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – SOLD!

by | Jan 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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January 22, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

January 14, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. While the pictures and description remain similar, the seller reduced their asking price from $59,750 to $58,500, which is now roughly five large less than their original request of $64,750.

December 24, 2022 Update – The private seller deleted their latest listing one week after posting it and replaced it with an identical Craigslist ad containing the already-lowered $59,750 asking price.

December 17, 2022 Update – The private seller deleted their original listing and replaced it with an identical Craigslist ad.  In their lasting listing, however, they dropped the price from the original ask of $64,750 to a revised $59,750. That move puts this Trans Am’s pricing more in line with current market conditions.

Some Craigslist listings turn out to be a joy to find.  Excellent pictures of a finely detailed car make our day.  That’s how we felt when we came across this highly detailed, number-matching 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am originally listed in November 2022 on Craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona. While it features the desirable optional 455 cubic inch V8 providing 25 additional horsepower, we are quick to point out this is not one of the very rare SD455 versions produced that model year.

Last offered for $58,500 (the original ask was $64,750), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly above the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for second-generation Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams produced between 1970 and 1981.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the Trans Am featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $62,800.

Pontiac launched its second generation Firebird in the spring of 1970 as a 70 1/2 model.  The first year of the second generation Firebird began offering a wider array of model subtypes and marked the appearance of the Firebird Esprit and the Firebird Formula. The Firebird Esprit was offered as a luxury model that came with appearance options, the deluxe interior package, and a Pontiac 350 as standard equipment. Pontiac advertised the Formula as an alternative to the Trans Am and could be ordered with all the options available to the Trans Am with the exception of the fender flares, shaker scoop, and fender heat extractors.

For the 1974 model year, weights rose dramatically because of the implementation of five mph telescoping bumpers and various other crash- and safety-related structural enhancements.  The 1974 models featured a redesigned “shovel-nose” front end and new wide “slotted” taillights. The 400, 455, and SD-455 engines were offered in the Trans Am and Formula models during 1974.  A June 1974 test of a newly delivered, privately owned SD-455 Trans Am. This appeared in Super Stock and Drag Illustrated.

The Osborn Tramain YouTube Channel features this 1974 Pontiac Grand Prix, Grand Am, and Trans Am wide track brand commercial:

When only the finest example will do, this 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am for sale is easily the cleanest and most nicely detailed example we’ve ever featured on this website.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1974 Trans Am “Y” code 455 !! Nicest Nut and Bolt Restoration we have ever seen… ” ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS ” ……. ZERO rust Ever, Numbers Matching, Buccaneer Red with Black Interior, Everything New or Rebuilt to factory orig……, Like Motor, Trans. Rear End, Brake Lines, Fuel Lines, Seats from inside out… Everything with Detail as nice as you can imagine with NO Expense Spared … Resto started with 69K orig. mi…. P/S, P/B, P/W, A/C, Tilt Wheel, Turbo 400 Trans. with posi. 3:08 gears, Window Defogger, AM/FM with 8 Track Stereo, Orig. Owners Manual and Operating Instructions …. Less than 1500 mi. since Resto …. Guaranteed NONE Finer …. SEE to Believe …. interesting trade considered …. CALL / TEXT

Show or go: What would you do with this immaculate 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

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