$159,900 “Brand new” 1979 Pontiac Trans Am For Sale With 65 Miles On The Clock
Worth Every Penny
Seeing an old car in a meticulous condition is strangely satisfying. I don’t know why but I feel a strange sensation of happiness. It’s like watching Proper Tasty videos and drooling over your smartphone. Well, only with cars instead of chicken wings.
And boy did I droll over this.
It is a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am that was stored and kept under wraps for decades only to surface now in all its glory. The story about it starts back in 1979 when a distant cousin of Henry Leland (you better know who that guy is), an 18-year-old William Leland Jr. bought a $10,095 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. Interestingly enough, after buying it he decided to store it in its pristine condition and he even gave clear instructions that this car is never to be driven or washed. Very similar to what the Japanese collector did with far more valuable McLaren F1 I wrote about a few days ago.
Unfortunately, William Leland did not live long enough to see his car become far more valuable. He died at the young age of 42 but his dad took care of the machine going forward.
Now, with its third owner, this Trans Am finally reached the selling block. It became available through North Carolina dealer RK Motors for staggering $159,900. A bit steep?
Well, considering it has the signature Starlight black and gold combo, three-speed automatic and a 403Ci V8, I believe its price is fair enough.
This 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Is So Pristine It Does Not Even Have Holes Drilled In Bumpers For Licence Plates
Now, back in the day, William Leland’s idea of preserving the car went so far that he forbid anyone from drilling holes in the bumpers for license plates. He kept the car as pristine as humanly possible. Now, he dialed up about 50 miles with it. However, only while driving the car when moving from one home to another. Nothing else.
Visiting the RK Motors site and looking at this listing is almost surreal. The pictures and the info provided should be tied to a new car and not a 40-year-old muscle car. We can only imagine it looked like this back then if they had the Internet and all.
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