Everyone has a different opinion on resto-mods. Some will tell you they aren’t a particularly good investment. On the one hand, with any classic car, you can argue they are rare and only getting rarer, so a properly restored car might be more valuable or a better investment than one that has been modified. I’d prefer to look at a car as primarily something to be enjoyed rather than an investment. Along those lines, I’d say buy whatever makes you happiest and brings you the most joy!
The ad lists
- 600 hp LS3
- six speed auto 6l90 with billet stall converter
- Checkered Racing tubular front frame
- rack and pinion steering
- 14″ six piston Wilwood (disc) brakes in the front
- 13″ Wilwood in the rear
- 3.73 Detroit true trac posi-traction rear
- Slide-A Link traction control
- Vintage air conditioning
- DVD player
- Dakota digital dash and gauges
- 18″x9″ billet Year 1 snowflake wheels
- functional cold air intake through shaker hood
- Fisher t-tops
- ceramic coated paint
- semi-non-politically correct dixie flag up front
This car looks phenomenal in the photos. But still not perfect. You can see some dust on the fenderwells in the underhood shots, and what looks like dust on the console in the interior shots. There’s a small amount of debris and maybe some mud on the driver’s side floormat.
The car definitely has some history and an interesting backstory. I think it’s being sold by Troy Brumbalow, the current mayor of Cumming. Here’s an article about Troy and the car.
In 1978, Pontiac surprisingly sold about 187,000 Firebirds. Of those, only approximately 90,000 were Trans-Ams. The curb weight on these was reported to be around 3,600 lbs. After the resto-mod, with the new engine and tranny, and even new brakes and suspension, plus the addition of the AC stuff, who knows how much this particular car weighs. But with 600 hp, we can assume it won’t have any trouble getting out of its own way!
Asking price… $50,000.