1979 Pontiac Trans Am - Jay Leno's Garage

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1979 Pontiac Trans Am - Jay Leno's Garage
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Matthew FORTIN
Matthew FORTIN Саат мурун
I bought a 79 Trans Am in Feb of 1979! By then, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, 400 4 spd was no longer available! I was able to get the 403 Olds. Auto only! The 301 was available with the 4 speed Trans. I ordered with every option. Total value of the deal....$9,435 delivered!
Tim Mitzlaff
Tim Mitzlaff 21 саат мурун
I had a 78 back in 1980. Next to my 85 Corvette it was the best handling car I ever had. It was an auto. It had an Olds 406? Mine was Myan red, chicken delete, black velour seats. No T-Tops. Personally I liked the 77/78 nose better than the 79.
Dave Lafreniere
Dave Lafreniere Күн мурун
You do find them as nice as that Jay, I just found one with 34 miles on it with the window stickers in the window still. Will be for sale soon.
Roy Eastham
Roy Eastham 2 күн мурун
Phoenix...rises from the ashes... not a chicken... hopefully represents Pontiac...rise from the ashes/volcano... depending on which legend story you like.
Tess Tess
Tess Tess 3 күн мурун
I've had my baby for almost 35 years and it rocks!! 🤘
Mike Bruzzone
Mike Bruzzone 4 күн мурун
TA 6.6 4 speed, not a California spec Olds, Pontiac 400 @ 265 hp so said, yea it was 1979. mb
Mike Bruzzone
Mike Bruzzone 4 күн мурун
You mean they set DeLorean up, old corporate trick as the corporate Nazis and fascists infiltrating the corporation to destroy it for the handlers subliminally condition their competitive targets into depression and other forms of trauma usually associated with getting rid of a capable competitor and in LA that's a well known method of vicarious concert elimination. mb
Mike Bruzzone
Mike Bruzzone 4 күн мурун
At 250K miles no issues except the right hand hijacker did once push through the rear frame mount. mb
Mike Bruzzone
Mike Bruzzone 4 күн мурун
1998 sold it to a kid in mechanic school for the value of the cars 1981 Blaupunkt 340D analog and Clarion 3000 equalizer. He worked at the shop who kept up the car. mb
Mike Bruzzone
Mike Bruzzone 4 күн мурун
Registered at the time and for as long as I could in Nevada and in 1994 it all ended. mb
Mike Bruzzone
Mike Bruzzone 4 күн мурун
Touring cars . . . I had a 76 f body minimally modified. mb
Steven N
Steven N 4 күн мурун
Hey Jay. In Orlando, Fl a new indoor entertainment center opened up called Dezerland. The owner has at least 500 automobiles from all over the world in a museum there. Very interesting place.
Stoner Disco Records
Stoner Disco Records 4 күн мурун
Looks a lot like my 76 camaro underneath...rust city! Love the car though. I agree the chicken would be dropped if it was mine.
Stoner Disco Records
Stoner Disco Records 5 күн мурун
LOL "Bear in the Air." Classic "Convoy" reference from Jay.
Steve Holsten
Steve Holsten 6 күн мурун
Jay, do you have a '73 Trans Am with the real SD 455? You ought to put a new fuel injection system on this '79.
Bill Bull
Bill Bull 6 күн мурун
To hell with keeping it original, put a 442 and big thicc rear tires
Wade Jacoby
Wade Jacoby 6 күн мурун
You gotta love Jay Leno. The Chicken on the hood. lol.
Rhodium 10
Rhodium 10 8 күн мурун
During the end of 70s...Trans-Am and Corvette were the dream of young people..
Reyd _01
Reyd _01 9 күн мурун
"Sorry Your Honor, Jay Leno said 100mph is nothin' since '79." 🤣🤣🤣
Chris Sinclair
Chris Sinclair 10 күн мурун
I ride a motorcycle...I laugh at your airbags :-).
Earl Delsanto
Earl Delsanto 11 күн мурун
My favorite front end.
Earl Delsanto
Earl Delsanto 11 күн мурун
Good finally a factory stock auto. I hate restos.
Rotorhead7
Rotorhead7 11 күн мурун
Loved these. The 78 was better looking imo
Electronic Adventures
Electronic Adventures 11 күн мурун
Hope theres somebody following behind picking up the parts that fall off while you drive it.
HiTechOilCo
HiTechOilCo 11 күн мурун
Well that's an ignorant comment. No such thing ever happened.
Marcus
Marcus 11 күн мурун
My dad's dream car
Robert Smith
Robert Smith 11 күн мурун
Its not a Chicken on the hood its a Phoenix. The 400 4 speed injun is an Actual Non Big Bloc(lol) Pontiac motor.
Peanut Buzzard
Peanut Buzzard 11 күн мурун
What is it? Is it a GT?
Gmoritz71 Last
Gmoritz71 Last 12 күн мурун
220 horsepower? No way that was correct. 0-60 times in the low 6's with an old 4-speed and a 4,000 lb car. Try 330, at least. This was a great review. Thank you Jay!
BeboBevo
BeboBevo 12 күн мурун
The numbers on the speedometer, of my '76 Trans Am, maxed out at 100 also. However the needle did not stop there. It continued to wrap around. Hence true speed was more than 100. I had mine wrapped around a little bit, but only to 130. My guess, 79 edition, probably did same.
Michael Roxbury
Michael Roxbury 14 күн мурун
Pontiac Firebird SD455 was pushing 400 HP. Horsepower claims were lowered due to Insurance reasons.you. Dyno that 79 Transam you might be surprised.
BSG1982
BSG1982 15 күн мурун
J Leno for president 2024
Doug Evans
Doug Evans 16 күн мурун
I was 12 when the '79 T/A was new & instantly fell in love😎 Beautiful car & love the silver & grey bird!
scotty scotty
scotty scotty 16 күн мурун
The looks and curves are what these cars are about. I own a 77 firebird formula, completely stock and I just cruise it until its time to re fill the tank. Most people stop and stare at it, even had some ladies waving and smiling at me, I certainly don't get that in the ford mondeo.
Jordan Ong
Jordan Ong 16 күн мурун
The Firebird is my favorite car. I bet the price must be $100,000.
ricochetey
ricochetey 18 күн мурун
I will never forgot the day my coworker told me he didn't like the 70s bodystyle Firebirds that's also the day I realized I didn't really care for the guy and neither did anyone else. The more I look at these classic Firebirds and T/As the more I fall in love.
Bongo Dave
Bongo Dave 19 күн мурун
ONE HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR!!!!
Mark Crawford
Mark Crawford 19 күн мурун
That chicken decal is not germane to the car review. Jay Leno; "What the GD germans got to do wit it"!
RahduDrahkqul75
RahduDrahkqul75 19 күн мурун
I think the "Firebird" on the hood and the shaker hood is what makes the car so iconic and what separates it from GM and the Camaro. Come on Jay
Scott Who?
Scott Who? 19 күн мурун
The CB radio is from Smokey an the Bandit.
Paddle Shift
Paddle Shift 19 күн мурун
So that WAS you i saw putting on lipstick and makeup on the highway last December.
William Thomas
William Thomas 20 күн мурун
Junk ❗️❗️❗️❗️
Trollge
Trollge 20 күн мурун
There's an awesome Trans Am for sale right next to me with only 40k miles on it.
Chris_P_Bacon
Chris_P_Bacon 20 күн мурун
A friend of mine got one of these for HS graduation. He suddenly became very popular with our female classmates.
Fabian Benavides
Fabian Benavides 20 күн мурун
It's got every option but the black leather seats. My dad had one from the factory with the leather option check marked.
F6130
F6130 20 күн мурун
Growing up in the 90s in Europe, this was the iconic american car. And not a Mustang or something...
Nathan Glass
Nathan Glass 22 күн мурун
At what point did the Camaro and Firebird start to share all the same guts? I know the 90s/00s were identical other than body aesthetics.
ReeseMac
ReeseMac 22 күн мурун
5:42 Chicken?...Chicken!!??...That's a screaming bad azz Fire Bird of death dammit!!!!
Nathan Rykers
Nathan Rykers 23 күн мурун
Looks pretty average underneath for 20,000
Dean Stevenson
Dean Stevenson 23 күн мурун
A lot of Anemic King Cobra with 139 hp and Fox Mustang Cobra with 119 hp discussions are meaningless. In 1979, a manual TransAm 6.6 could dip in under 16.7 seconds, but so could a 79 Mustang 5.0 2bbl 4 speed. A California Vette could do 16.7 with just a 305. But a cam or engine swap wasn't easily picked up on smog inspections...and to this day, a good rebuild Olds 403 or Pontiac 400 with mods are low13 or even high 12 second cars just like the 455's were in 69. GM compliance with the emissions rules wasn't the reason for the power drop. It was the gas crunch that stopped the 8.4 to one compression engines uncorking the extra hp that was missing since the last 1973 to 74 Super Duty 455. 1969 to 1972 was the last year you could get Detriot Bent Eights that did 12.9 off the showroom floor. It took the Grand Natinal GNX in 1987, the ZR1 in 1989 and the SLP WS6 Firebird in 1996 before flat 13s were common again. Detriot had the Feds pulling the Auto maker "gonads" by piano wire from 73 to 87. The change was America comparing itself to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche, de Tomaso and Aston Martin cars avaliable doing sub 14 second quarter miles and more than 160 mph everywhere else. When the West Germans agreed to roll out 1975 style US Catalyst emission laws like Japan did in 1976, the whole world went into sub 13 second super cars. Even the Japanese with its 13.2 second 1989 GTR Sklyline. The 1987 5.0 HO EFI Mustang and GNX were the first mass produced US cars back into the 13s. It was purely a case of perceived authoritarianism over-riding the desires of the common people. Restraint was a glass celing to horsepower because of CAFE average highway mpg. Once the insurance premiums and deaths from crashed Big Blocks with drum brakes were forgotten about, it was back to Rip Snorting US Horsepower again! There have always been a lot of Americans who could handle 10 pound per hp cars, Jay!
Dean Stevenson
Dean Stevenson 23 күн мурун
Down here in Moo Zealand and Australia, the TransAm overshadows the Chevy Camaro. The reason was the strikes at the plant ment the 73s were to be scrapped but instead, the Formulas and SD'S were exported and Kiwis, Aussies and Canucks and Poms picked Trans Ams up as export cars. The SD'S were rare, but right thru 73 to 79, Firebird kept up with high performance options while Chevies languished.
dwood82574
dwood82574 23 күн мурун
“It says ats…radial tuned suspension “ Its RTS jay lol. The R does look funny though
Dan Wohlslagel
Dan Wohlslagel 23 күн мурун
There were about 1.5 million Camaros made between 1967 and 1981. Only 1,000 of them had the copo 427. So really- the 400 pontiac competed with the 396. Fairly close comparison in stock trim.
Mr Happy
Mr Happy 24 күн мурун
lmao i live in Lincoln Nebraska where that car resided for a time that was funny to me yeah the rust belt sucks that car is immaculate compared to a lot of things u find around here the rust belt sucks...
Ken Gardiner
Ken Gardiner 24 күн мурун
When I was a little kid THIS was the car I wanted more than any other. Pontiac meant excitement!
Steve Acho
Steve Acho 24 күн мурун
When I was a kid, seeing that Firebird emblem on the hood of a Trans Am was akin to seeing a Saturn V rocket launch. It was a big deal.
World News Next
World News Next 25 күн мурун
My sister was killed in a 1979 Firebird.
Cpl.Hicks
Cpl.Hicks 26 күн мурун
14:45 who else asked Alexa to play eastbound and down ?
Vasili
Vasili 27 күн мурун
only American car i ever wanted
markpwebb
markpwebb 27 күн мурун
GM in 1978... my dad had a '78 caddy and it just fell apart. Worst car ever! I'm glad to see something from that era that is worth while!
J H
J H 27 күн мурун
Love the profile of this car.
Mark Young
Mark Young 27 күн мурун
I hope someone continues firebird. I love these cars and I've always wanted one
Art Lover
Art Lover 27 күн мурун
He said Overshadowed by Camaro? But is a f*cking Camaro.
D Baker
D Baker 28 күн мурун
A Trans am without a hood decal. So wrong. I had an 80.
pw10a2sal
pw10a2sal 28 күн мурун
40 years, how the time flies. I loved it in the movie. It looks great even today. Happy that you made this video.
Lee Goddard
Lee Goddard 29 күн мурун
A proper American sports car. 🤣. Jay, you soundin' old. 😜
Thomas Blaylock
Thomas Blaylock Ай мурун
I have a red 79 firebird. It had a 301 engine and I put a 400 in it. My wife still has her 77 Camaro as well. It has 350 now. Both need work but we still love them.
S A
S A Ай мурун
Nice video Jay. I grew up around camaro's and transam's I miss the good old days ! i had a few transam's myself. The first thing all kids did back then were add headers and straight exhaust LOL
Chase IV
Chase IV Ай мурун
As a 25 year old, I this is one of those cars that you only like if you are from that generation. I doubt many people Jay's age love it, and I know most people my age don't love it. ,
sven waldmann
sven waldmann Ай мурун
I always thought that this model is way ahead of it's time
Stefan Nowak
Stefan Nowak Ай мурун
Hi geil das ist mein AUTO-(CAR!!!!!!!!!!!)
Richard Richard
Richard Richard Ай мурун
Don't meet your heroes.... I bad a 79 6.6, a lovely thing to look at, in stunning condition thruout but, fast wouldn't be in my description and, with the WS6 suspension I could roll over a penny and tell you if it was heads or tails, it rode awfully. I'd go so far to say the 71 360 AMC Javelin I owned before was a better car all round. 🤔😊 I've owned 2nd gen, 3rd gen and now a 4th Trans Am LT1 and the later the better😎 PS 1979 6.6 only ever had 185 bhp when new.
Smart Process Solutions
Smart Process Solutions Ай мурун
69 & 71 were the best looking Birds built.
jerry de
jerry de Ай мурун
I have been binge-watching Jay's videos during the 2020 - 2021 Pandemic. Anyone else?
luvlethr
luvlethr Ай мурун
What was the name of the site where the car was sold? I never heard of it.
Vann Junkin
Vann Junkin Ай мурун
Overshadowed by who?? nahhh
1towmater1
1towmater1 Ай мурун
225 hp, back than hp ment something. It's was actual hp. Now it's just a number
1towmater1
1towmater1 Ай мурун
4509 rpm red line..... And the sound of a big block twisting 45k sounds like the pistons want to come out! Pistons that large don't like high revs
Graves Meister
Graves Meister Ай мурун
My 2002 avalon puts out 210 hp lol. With a 3.0 litre!
John Malandrino
John Malandrino Ай мурун
I believe those motors where waay underrated. Probably had around 300 HP. But at GM no one was allowed to out muscle the Corvette.
Matthew Palmer
Matthew Palmer Ай мурун
Had a 78 6.6 in gold 4 speed manual, rated at 270bhp over here in the UK 😂😂
Jesuschristpose
Jesuschristpose Ай мурун
SD 455 a lot more then 350hp
The Muscle Car Garage
The Muscle Car Garage Ай мурун
Great looking car !!
Will Mills
Will Mills Ай мурун
Thanks for the great compliments. I too own a Code 19 with a camel interior 400 4 speed, t tops. Not much HP but fun to drive and now restore!! Drive safe out there Jay.
MrMisanthrope1
MrMisanthrope1 Ай мурун
jay dont like the car, too polite to say so
MrMisanthrope1
MrMisanthrope1 Ай мурун
these cars are so under powered, 4500 redline ha
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... Ай мурун
The bird represents power and liberty
Kim Prisbrey
Kim Prisbrey Ай мурун
Jay your awesome! Keep them coming!!!!!
J Parsons
J Parsons Ай мурун
The Bird on the Hood is one of the things that made these cars unique... gives it the TA look!!!
Jimmy Banta
Jimmy Banta Ай мурун
Had a 76 400 chicken delete black over red loved that car speedo went to 140 and we buried it on the garden state parkway in 92 ahh youth best burn outs every!
Washman 1000
Washman 1000 Ай мурун
Jay was saying how the car felt like it had more power than advertised. I have heard from a lot of car owners from those days that the manufacturer often low balled the power numbers so you were rewarded with having the faster car compared with those that bought the Camero.
Owen Longstrider
Owen Longstrider Ай мурун
You just can't fault this man's great tastes.
reid1boys
reid1boys Ай мурун
If you werent alive when the vehicle was made... you just cant imagine how big the Smokey and the Bandit was. The car was co-star with sally and Burt and it made this car explode in popularity. It still impacts the price of this car today. Try to buy one of these Trans-ams today and see what that will cost you.
Paul Andreotti
Paul Andreotti Ай мурун
My (first) car is a 1980 Firebird, I bought it thinking it had a 305 from the factory, but it turned out it was swapped with a 305 vortec. Combine that with the fact that it had a Hotchkiss suspension package and I never got the time capsule I kinda wanted. It was a nice excuse to put an LS engine in, though.
Gregory Chappell
Gregory Chappell Ай мурун
Waaaaayyy better than the 403ci olds v8 pos
Carl Martin
Carl Martin Ай мурун
I bought a new one in 79. Ordered WS6. It was about 5 years old I went to Dual Exaust. Stock a month old ran 15.85 qt. After dual ex 15.21.qt
SolamenteVees
SolamenteVees Ай мурун
I’m a Mopar guy but I don’t think you could option a Pontiac 400/4-speed in California in 1979. They were all Olds 403/auto cars me thinks...
John Valentine
John Valentine Ай мурун
Jay, my knowledge of cars is minute compared to yours. But, just a reminder, when comparing HP figures for cars before 1971 to cars after 1971, they were rated differently. For 1972, the industry went from gross HP ratings (1971 and earlier) to net ratings. So, for example, a 1971 LS5 454 Corvette (I own one) is rated at 365 HP (gross). In 1972, the nearly identical 454 engine was rated at 270 HP (net). It seemed like such a steep drop in power that GM stopped putting decals advertising the HP on the air cleaner lids! But there was no real difference in power from 1971 to 1972. So, if you convert this '79 T/A's 220 net HP to a gross HP rating, it has approx. 300 HP gross, which is only about 30 gross HP fewer than a 1970 Formula 400. When one makes this comparison, unless you mention this rating change beginning in '72, one is actually referring to perception of numbers, not actual power comparisons. However, people make this mistake all the time! Just like when they talk about cheap gas "back in the day", they always fail to adjust for inflation to today's dollars, which, for example, once adjusted for inflation from 1968, 1957 or whenever, suddenly makes gas still seem relatively cheap today. To your credit, you did this when mentioning the purchase price of $8202 for the '79 T/A. Adjusted for inflation to today's dollars, that T/A would be $29,706.
Wilfred Bach
Wilfred Bach Ай мурун
Pre 1972 ratings were gross and post 1972 ratings were net.That 220 hp net was more like 270 hp gross.Important to know when comparing '60's era muscle cars hp. to present.
Joseph Vahabzadeh
Joseph Vahabzadeh Ай мурун
It's been a while, but I think it was a federal mandate to have cars with speedometers that showed a maximum of 100 MPH in 1975. When I was a kid, my mom bought a new 1975 Buick Skylark, which had the 100 MPH speedometer. In the 90s, I picked up a 1974 Dodge Dart Sport that was produced relatively late for the 1974 model year. Strangely, it had a 100 MPH speedometer, as well as a Check Catalyst idiot light, though there was no bulb behind it. I guess they started using the new dashboards/speedometers a bit early. I think it was in 1980 that the mandate switched to 85 MPH, though I've stumbled across sources that say that was done in 1979 (maybe late in the year?)
Javier Sánchez
Javier Sánchez Ай мурун
I found one of these cars for a 1,000$! I was about to buy it, and somebody beat me to it. The body was solid to. It was brown and gold. My uncle had one the same color. That 1 slipped right by me. I'm getting a 1980 Camaro now. That trans am almost pulled me away from the Camaro. I do think the Camaro nose piece looks better. The trans am had motor, and transmission. The Camaro needs a motor and transmission, but has good body.
Steffy Hobmann
Steffy Hobmann Ай мурун
Jay, thank you sooo much!!! ❤
Honda fan 4 life
Honda fan 4 life Ай мурун
Jay love the TA'S I'm a huge fan and love your show always a like always 👍
jakeweill
jakeweill Ай мурун
What a piece of s***
END TIMEs Video Library
END TIMEs Video Library Ай мурун
It's a Phoenix on the Hood!! I don't know how the whole "Chicken on the Hood" thing started, but I think the Graphics is what made the 79 Trans Am even cooler!!
Jan Ivar Sørvaag
Jan Ivar Sørvaag Ай мурун
you cant make an omelett hvhit aut breaking egg tums upp
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