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1977 Trans Am / Firebird Statistics
1977 saw a newly designed front end for the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Not only that but sales skyrocketed through the roof compared to the previous year. With the help of a film dubbed as a "Sunday, rainy afternoon kind of movie" by Burt Reynolds himself, "Smokey and the Bandit" was clearly the propulsion behind 1977 and following years Trans Am successes. Give Pontiac credit though, they did their job on redesigning the nose of this Trans Am. A fresh look that still looks great today.
Here is a breakdown of 1977 Trans Am and Firebird sales figures:
1977 TRANS AM
Looking at these charts we see that combined, Pontiac produced a total of 136,114 Firebirds and Trans Ams for 1977. If you by chance happen to own a 1977 Y81 (Special Edition without T-tops) with a manual transmission, you had better hold on to that rare bird for awhile. Only 384 of these units were built for 1977. Even rarer is the Oldsmobile powered 403 Y81 with an automatic transmission at only 180 units built. In reality, any Y81 Trans Am would be a very rare collectible because in total only 1,861 units were ever produced. That is only 2.7 percent of all Trans Ams built in 1977 and 1.4 percent of all the Firebird and Trans Am line combined! A TRUE rare bird.
1977 Formula Firebirds might also be a nice find as only 21,801 of these were produced, which is 32.3 percent of the Firebird line and only 16 percent of the total Firebird and Trans Am line combined. I would like to have some pics to post here if you own a 1977 or 1978 Formula Firebird in good shape. I always thought these cars looked great. So did James Garner in "The Rockford Files"! You do remember "The Rockford Files" don't you? I believe I may be dating myself here! Of course he did drive a standard Firebird and not a Formula.
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