Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

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    Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!







    So, my Camaro Club gets hired by Mecum to drive all of the cars when they do their auctions in Chicago. After dropping off a '51 Chevy pickup in the sold lot, next in line for me was a '78 Trans Am. I didn't really get a good look at it, I just hopped in, but it looked like a really nice 2nd gen T/A with nice paint. Anyway, there was some goof up, (my fault ) in the order of the cars, so I ended up driving it back and forth for about an hour. The owner joked that I had driven his car more than he had. It gave me a chance to really appreciate what a nice car it was. It was a Y82, T/A 6.6 4 speed. It had 150,000 miles on it but was restored to an extremely high level. The owner, BTW, is a car restorer. I asked him how much he wanted to get out of it. He said that the reserve was $60K but he wouldn't take a penny under $54K. I thought to myself....umm, good luck with that, bro.

    Anyhoozit, people were all over this car as I was driving up. It went up to $35K in a second. Several seconds later $45K, then $55K. It finally sold for $68,000. Incredible!


    Here's more info on it:

    http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_de...=&startRow=161
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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    The TA was one of the best looking cars of the 70s!

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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    I love that style, very aggressive and cohesive! Also has aged extremely well! I assume that the value/collectibility of this generation is somewhat hurt by the low hp due to the fuel crunch of that era (though this article certainly runs counter to my thinking); though I suspect the style will overcome the low hp for many!!!!

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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    A normal condition one will sell for $6 800 and one with the correct chalk mark on the firewall sells $68 000 ??!!



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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Nothing "normal" about the condition of this one

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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Auction prices and reality prices are un-related. That was too much for this car, they are nice cars, I have one, but I don't think any of them are worth that much yet, its not really that old and they made lots of 77-79 Trans Ams, they probably are the most produced Trans Am's of all time.

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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Way too much, but hey...if the guy who bought it wants to play Smokey and the Bandit, who am I to argue?
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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    While the power, handling, braking (drum brakes!) and so many other things were superceded by way better cars since then, the car's styling has stood the test of time (still popular) in spite of it's over-the-top (some might say gaudy) look. And with the iconic status given this model by the Smokey and the Bandit movies, there is some attending value to it. Add in that this isn't just a "clean" version, it has been restored to look like it is brand new, with zero miles. A fine restoration job.

    Not worth that much to ME, but I can see some people would pay it, and somebody did.
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    One thing I'd want to mention is that this car was well VERY sorted out. Not all of these auction cars are. Earlier in the day I drove a '65 Mustang, 4 speed, 289, coupe. The car looked mint, with fresh paint and redone interior. But mechanically, it wasn't sorted out at all. It was very cold blooded when you started it, until it warmed up it wanted to die and really never ran smoothly and after 10-15 minutes was beginning to run hot. By the time I shifted it a few times and parked it in the sold lot, the shifter bezel came loose. The windows were virtually impossible to roll up. You get the idea. This was your typical auction car. A cherry 5 footer, spruced up for sale with little effort elsewhere. You also have to understand that typically it might take maybe 20 minutes from the time the driver picks up the car until you reach the auction block. As you are working your way up the line, prospective bidders are opening and closing hoods, doors, etc, and asking the driver what they think of the car. Personally, I'm as honest and informative as I can be when asked. Anyway, this very nice looking Mustang went for $18K.

    Same thing was going on with the Trans Am. And when asked, told all the prospective bidders that this was a fantastically sorted car. Did that make a difference in the bidding? Who know. Personally, I wouldn't spend that kind of money on it. But bidders were fighting over it.
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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainDan View Post
    While the power, handling, braking (drum brakes!) and so many other things were superceded by way better cars since then, the car's styling has stood the test of time (still popular) in spite of it's over-the-top (some might say gaudy) look. And with the iconic status given this model by the Smokey and the Bandit movies, there is some attending value to it. Add in that this isn't just a "clean" version, it has been restored to look like it is brand new, with zero miles. A fine restoration job.

    Not worth that much to ME, but I can see some people would pay it, and somebody did.
    Hey, I didn't even notice! It doesn't even have the 4 wheel discs! (or was that in '79?)



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    Hey, I didn't even notice! It doesn't even have the 4 wheel discs! (or was that in '79?)
    4 wheel discs were available as part of the WS6 package for 1978, there was a shortage of rear discs, I think because the Seville went to 4 wheel discs at the same time, I believe, and some cars were made with the WS6 suspension, but no rear discs, this car though doesn't look like it has the thicker rear sway bar that WS6 cars have, so I don't know what the story is on it.

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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Here's some info on the Y82 Special Edition: http://www.78ta.com/special.htm
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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    I had a 79 Trans Am with the WS6 package. I bought it in 1980 with 6000 miles at a Ford dealer who took it in on trade. I went in to look at the Mustangs. I think I paid $8500.

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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Unbelievable price what was the provenance? Did the owner history add to the value? 150,000 mile car for 68K what is "the rest of the story"?

    I see the extra value int eh Pontiac 400 4 speed but that is remarkable price for a well done car, but still sky high price.
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    Re: Guess what this '78 T/A sold for today!

    Hemmings Muscle Machines mag covers the auctions in the back pages and the editors rate the cars (1-4 or is it 5?) and give their thoughts on the sales price. I almost purchased one in 79 (same black with the eagle trim) but made a big mistake and bought the pos Sunbird instead. Being in the family way, I thought we would need a smaller car with a hatch. I still have the sales bill of $6600. In retrospect, it was not a standout vehicle; but then, in 79, what was? It had nice lines though.

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