If there’s a car that’s been especially hot in the resellers market in the past few years, it’s the 1970-81 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Early cars, especially the 1970-73 Trans Ams, are fetching record prices at auctions. Even the once-derided Disco-Era cars are selling for headline-grabbing amounts that will make anyone who owned one of these things back in the day’s eyes bulge out of their head. As an owner of a 1979 Trans Am, I try to keep my finger on the pulse of the market, just for curiosity’s sake. Every once in a while, a car will come up for sale that will make my jaw drop. This is one of them, and I’m not sure my jaw is dropping for all the right reasons, but here we are.
This… err… was a 1973 Trans Am, which is the last year of the classic 1970-73 body style, and was arguably the best looking of the 2nd Gen Firebird line. Someone back in the zany, wacky 1970’s thought it would be a really cool platform to build a space ship from, and, well… let’s let the pictures do the talking!
This space bird is currently up for sale on Ebay in the UK as a straight-up classified ad with a price of £26,500.00, which translates to roughly $33,712.63 at the time of this writing. That’s strong money for a late 70’s custom, but where else are you going to find a space cruiser that would make Spock raise an eyebrow for the price of a loaded Camry? Another thing to consider: 40+ year old custom show cars typically don’t make it this long without falling into extreme disrepair, so seeing one in this condition is like a time capsule to a forgotten era. As strange as it is, it’s still cool to see something like this street freak still existing in today’s world. If you are truly nuts, live in the UK, and have a hole burning in the pocket of your space pants, you can buy the Celestial right now in the link below:
Here’s an excerpt from the ad:
CELESTIAL 1973 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS-AM
455CI MANUAL (ORIGINAL SURVIVOR 70’S HOTROD)
Iconic Original 70’s UK Built Hot Rod.
Updated 1973 Model
455 Cubic inch (7,400cc) 4 speed Manual only 47,000 miles (believed to be genuine)
The car was owned and built in the late 70’s by the talented Ian Etheridge of Stockport. Besides all the customising, it took over 2,500 hours to complete the paintwork alone! It is a complete work of art, it shows the testament of the workmanship as it looks as though it was painted yesterday and not nearly 40 years ago.
The car really has to be seen to be appreciated as no pictures can do this car justice. On a sunny day the metal flake is so sparkly it almost makes your eyes hurt!
In its day the car was so advanced of the time and it won almost every show entered. It has won over 300 best in show trophies. (there are lots of trophies to go with the car)
The car featured on the front cover of Street Machine in 1980, included is a copy to go with the car.
The car was then tracked down by the owner of Holker Hall (Lakeland) Car Museum where it was the star attraction of the museum for almost 20 years.
I bought the car directly from the museum and have owned it for aprox 10 years. My first job was to do an extensive re-commissioning job, most of which was carried out professionally by Drag Racing Guru Dave Billadeau.
The work that has been carried out over my ownership is as follows:
All fluids, oils and filters changed,
New Master Cylinder,
New Plugs and Leads,
New Electronic Ignition Fitted,
New Custom Made Radiator,
New Water Pump,
New Clutch Fitted,
New Holley Street dominator Carb (old carb to go with the car)
New Chrome Rocker Covers and gaskets,
New Chrome and Leather Sports Steering Wheel,
Pioneer C.D. Player and New Speakers Fitted,
Plus other things I am sure that I have not mentioned.
There is a workshop manual and an original engineers report (to go with the car)
The car drives really well and is very fast and also drives equally well around town. The exhaust sounds awesome and has that proper V8 rumble.
The car is fitted with power steering and brakes, electric windows a 4 speed manual gearbox and has more lights and switches than you can shake a stick at.
The interior is equally as impressive as the outside with deep buttoned plush red velour seats, doors and headlining.
It has never had any rust issues with spending most of its life inside and has never seen any rain for around 30 years! As mentioned previously, the bodywork and paintwork are stunning.
The car is Tax and MOT exempt (never had any advisories) and the insurance costs me £180 per year (Classic Car)
Miles per Gallon – Not many to be honest.
Smiles Per Gallon – Hundreds!
The car gets Lots of attention wherever it goes and you can’t go anywhere without people stopping to talk or take photographs.
It would be a good business Promotional Vehicle.
Bad Points (not many)
The Heater does not work (its been disconnected at some point)
The Fuel gauge has just started to be temperamental (I think the float is sticking)
There is a small paint chip on the front wing that has been touched up. It’s where one of the trophies fell over and chipped the paint work in the museum!
(There is a jar of the original metal flake to go with the car)
None of the above have bothered me – just trying to be honest in the description.
This is truly a one of a kind car and unfortunately due to my circumstances I haven’t used it as much as I would have liked. It is a very, very reluctant sale.
If there is any more information needed – please ask.
Genuine sales enquiries only, please do not waste my time with silly offers, deals or swaps.
Cash Sale Only
The car is located in Morecambe, Lancashire. LA4
£500 deposit to be made within 24 hours and contact to be made within 24 hours to discuss the rest of the cash payments.
Sorry no overseas buyers.