The hard-shell back of the standard seat is smaller than that of a Custom seat. Remember h
Chris treated the Bandit T/A with the same care and respect that his brother did. He took it to some shows over the years, but did not put many miles on it.
Around 2010, he too decided to get out of the hobby and sold his collection to Glen Weeks of Glen Weeks Classic Cars in West Frankfort, Illinois. Glen knew Jason Belvedere, who is partners with Rick Jahn in R.E. Jahn Autosales in Wexford, Pennsylvania. He thought that Jason and Rick would be interested in 3 of the cars from the 21-car purchase—the '77 S/E, a '58 fuel-injected Bonne, and a '60 Cadillac. Rick and his friend Russel Nairn took a ride to Chris' place in Eastern Pennsylvania to check out the vehicles before they were scheduled for transport, and of course, they could not pass them up.
As it turns out, Jason's friend George Myrter of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, has a car collection of his own and purchased the '58 F.I. Bonne. He also acted on a longstanding request from his friend John Angiolillo of West Harrison, New York. "I told George that I was looking for a low-mileage S/E T/A and to keep an eye out for one," John recalls. Knowing that there were other interested buyers, George bought the T/A just to hold it for John, who quickly made the trip west to pay George and pick up his prize.
The result of all this wrangling is that a Pontiac, which had remained in the same family for 33 years, changed owners four times in about two weeks.
John is a major S/E T/A enthusiast. He tells HPP, "I have a '76, a '77, a '78 Gold Edition, and a '79." His goal is to collect at least one example from each year—a '78 black S/E is next on the list.
This ’77 S/E T/A is one of 6,030 built with the L78 400 engine and Hurst Hatches (T-tops).
Where did his appetite for like-new Trans Ams come from? "When I was 13 years old, I went with my brother Glenn to look at Camaros and Firebirds. My father asked my brother to find a car so that he could buy it for our oldest brother, Dan, for graduation. The Pontiac dealer took us to a special garage to show us a new '74 SD-455 T/A. I can still recall that new car smell and hear the exhaust rumble. From then on, I was hooked." Ultimately John's dad decided a '75 Camaro Type-LT would keep his eldest out of trouble better than an SD-455 T/A, but the die was cast with young John.
John, like Bob and Chris, appreciates the pristine condition of this S/E T/A and its low mileage. He too houses it at a climate-controlled storage facility near his home. As you can see, the tradition of preservation of this special Pontiac continues. The three people who owned it the longest are credited with the condition that it's in today, as well as providing the readership of this magazine a glimpse of just how Pontiac built them in Norwood back in the day.
Companion tech stories covering the details of the engine compartment, body, and undercarriage will commence with the next issue. Special thanks to Melvin Benzaquen of Classic Restorations for telling HPP about this S/E T/A and for the use of his shop area for the photo shoot while it was snowing heavily outside.
The cowl trim tag reveals this Trans Am (WS4) as having Starlight Black upper and lower pa
It’s not often that you see standard interior door panels and crank windows in an S/E T/A.
Here is a seemingly appropriate plate for any ’77 S/E, yet this particular Pontiac did not