If you regularly read HPP, by now you’re intimately familiar with this ’77 Trans Am, which we’ve featured in the past three issues. If you’re a newcomer, you may wonder what makes the particular Firebird so special that it deserves a fourth installment. At first glimpse it looks much like a typical, accurately restored, and very well-detailed Special Edition Trans Am powered by a base 400-inch Pontiac V-8. What separates it from its peers, however, is the mileage on its odometer and the care given to preserve its factory-fresh state since the day its first owner took possession.

In “Time Bandit” (HPP, Aug. ’13), Editor DeMauro outlined the details of how this ’77 S/E T/A has come to travel just 213 miles since the day it rolled off the Norwood, Ohio, assembly plant in April 1977. Purchased with the intent of perfect preservation for maximum collectability down the road, it’s proven a treasure trove of details, and we spent hours poring over it to photo-document the minutest detail. With so few Second-Gen examples left in such a state, it lends rare insight into how we might properly restore our own Firebirds, but also a clear understanding that they weren’t exactly as perfect as we tend to remember them!

It isn’t often we find any Pontiac in such impeccable condition, so it only made sense to give it as many pages as needed to share what makes this particular Firebird so interesting and/or unique. In the September and October issues, we focused on the underhood and chassis areas, pointing out many of the cues most Firebirds lost as the odometer clicked on. In this, the final installment, we explore the car’s exterior and trunk area. You’re sure to appreciate that at one point in its life your Pontiac was just as fresh, and if yours still remains that way, you know what a sight it is to behold decades later!


What separates it from its peers is the mileage on its odometer and the care it was given to preserve its factory-fresh state since the day its first owner took possessi