The 1980 Pontiac Firebird, Formula & Trans Am
Another first for the Gallery! The first 1980 Yellow Bird.
This was a special package offered from 1977 to 1980 on the Firebird Esprit. Each year
featured a different color scheme. Ray Strickland owns this all original mint example of
the offering in 1980. Ray writes:
Here's some information on the special "Yellowbird" package installed on Ray's
Sticker price on this car was in the neighborhood of $5,967. Engine options were:
Pontiac 4.9L V8 140hp
Chevy 5.0L V8 150hp
There are no production figures available for these packages; however in 1980 there were 17,277 Esprits built.
Paul Kerr owns this awesome Trans Am. Paul writes:
"Hey Jimmy, Congrats on your fine web site ! I'm sending you some shots of my '80 T/A. The car has never been painted and has it's original interior. It has 70,000 miles . It is a WS6 With a 342 rear-end . I replaced the original 305 engine with a 4bolt 350 that is blue-printed and balanced with an Edelbrock performer cam and manifold along with Heddman headers. I've also put in a K&N air filter with the top flow top. As far as the 350 tranny goes the only thing I've done is install a Hurst ratchet shifter . I've surprised many a late model Mustang and Camaro at the stop light wars! Not too bad for a 54 year old . Thanks for your consideration."
E-mail: Paul Kerr
Paul recently sent me this update on the TA:
"Hey Jimmy, your new site is great ! I'm sending you some more photos of my T/A project. Also I left out that I had installed an Edelbrock 750 cfm carb. I would also like to thank Albert and Ricardo and the guys at Cars Plus garage for making my T/A project come to life. Also I would like to thank Manny, the store mgr. at Auto Zone #1548, for all of his help. Keep up your great work on your site. Thanks again for putting my T/A on your site. Paul Kerr in El Paso, TX"
Mike Webber owns this brilliant red TA. Mike writes:
"I live in Ohio and I've had the car going on 6 years. Its got a host of mods (see below). Things still to do are to lower the rear end to 3.73 and tie the frame. I can't get too crazy with it till I tie the frame!!!! Don't want to twist it in half. Since I have had it it has seen no snow and was out only one time in the rain. I take it to car shows and cruise-ins. I get a lot of looks when I fire it up. Yes it sounds good!!!"
454 Chevy eng.
9.5:1 Dome Pistons
Performer Plus cam
Roller Timing Chain
750 Holley carb.
Accel Super Coil
K&N Air Filter
400 Turbo Tranny
B&M 2800 Stall Converter
3.08 Rear End
Mike recently sent in these new pics of the TA.