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Author Topic: Price range for a 77 SE Bandit Trans Am  (Read 4329 times)
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« on: March 07, 2013, 03:21:45 AM »

I was flirting with the idea of getting a fully restored 77 SE Trans Am Y82 but i have to admit i'm in sticker shock on the price's i'm seeing what people want for them now. My last trans am was just under 9 years ago there price's have sharply gone up beyond what i thought they would. Pro shops are asking from 40-60k for a fully restored 77 SE Bandits which to be honest floors me.  My question to people who know this hobby well what can one realistically get a turn key 77 Bandit Trans am for these days if one is willing to wait.   
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 05:20:19 AM »

You are looking for one of the most sought after year and model T/A, realistically in todays market, look to spend around $20,000 to $25,000 for a good show/driver car. Add about $5000 for an original low mileage car. Add about another $5000 for a factory 4 speed car. Understand that the pro-shops aren,t too far off, but they are asking Barret Jackson prices for their cars, they have to show a profit. From time to time you have some float through here for sale.
The prices I quoted of course are for this area, and not including overseas prices.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 10:52:20 AM »

77 78 SE Bandit cars are bringing ridicules money now, over seas customers are grabbing a lot of them up. Low milage original cars can sell in $60K+ range. I just heard of a 2000 mile car that sold for over 90K.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 11:09:05 AM »

If the price for a real SE is more than your comfortable with why not buy a clone? The only reason I can see getting a real one is the value of it being a real one...and you have to pay for that added value.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 12:44:02 PM »

Welcome to TAC!  You probably already knew it, but paying to have one restored costs a lot.  I would expect a shop to charge $60K. If you charge somebody $60 an hour for 1000 hours, it comes to that.  You'll probably want to avoid buying that way.
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2013, 05:31:13 PM »

I have been hunting for a year now,a nice quality car starts at 40+k...............to infinity.
We decided against a clone,because for nice low mile 4 spd t-top survivor(under 40k miles) you will spend close to a 40k mile survivor SE 4spd with tops cloning it.....CORRECTLY...forget a 78 WS6 SE 4spd,unless Bill Gates is your dad.........
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 06:26:13 PM »

If the price for a real SE is more than your comfortable with why not buy a clone? The only reason I can see getting a real one is the value of it being a real one...and you have to pay for that added value.

I agree, I just bought an original black on black 78 T/A with 53,000 miles.  The car is absolutely rust free and very nice.  I didn't pay anywhere near the figures you have mentioned.  However I do like to drive my cars and enjoy them.  That would be a little tough to do after dropping $40k to $60k for the real deal.
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 09:53:49 PM »

whats funny here is people state they would feel scared to drive a 40-60k vintage cars and future investment values yet you see 60k+ diesel trucks, SUV's one the road every day that loose 20% the day you drive it off the lot.    just saying... Confused
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2013, 10:13:06 PM »

A couple yrs ago in the deep dark depths of the resession prices were more agreeable.

I agree with others, cheaper to buy/make a clone. Or other lower-priced examples:

http://madison.craigslist.org/ctd/3645533388.html
http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/cto/3655292130.html
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2013, 10:17:39 PM »

 Razz  If only it didn't cost so much to bring them back to life
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2013, 10:19:52 PM »

A couple yrs ago in the deep dark depths of the resession prices were more agreeable.

I agree with others, cheaper to buy/make a clone. Or other lower-priced examples:

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/cto/3655292130.html

That's an old clone. Not a real SE. It's crap like this that makes it dangerous when searching for an SE
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2013, 10:29:15 PM »

Also, if you expand your range to a 1979, there are a lot more available, and for less. Same basic machine, slightly different look (you could change the front end on it to a 77-78 too if you wanted)

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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2013, 03:17:12 AM »

 I remember when people started asking 25k for one i thought that was crazy money for a second generation.  Its hard to believe that car is 36 years old now.  I had my chance's back in the 80's early 90's to get a 77 bandit for 5k but decided to pass at the time. I kept my rims i used to put on my trans am back in the 80's that i have been dragging around for over 20 years now.  Anyone remember these style with the turbo lasers from Canadian tire?

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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2013, 08:48:24 AM »

Relative to other editions/ roundport cars, SE's are not what I call rare. Highly desirable, Yes, Rare , no. there are some with low numbers (81 305 4spd...1 of 5 or so) but for the 77 -79 units, there are quite a few out there.

Being only an appearance package, the SE premium doesnt appeal to myself. Rather take a regular t/a and make it look like one.  OTOH, I am not much of a stock guy and enjoy tastefully modifying my cars to suit my driving taste.
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2013, 09:35:03 AM »

don't think i could spend 20-40K for a stripe kit and gold tinted accents over a fully non SE restored car or low mile original. 

i would assume if you spend that much for a true SE that it is an investment and will need to be treated as such.  lightly driven, pampered, not able to modify, basically a bank account and award getter.

i would buy a black car and spend 500-1000 cloning it and drive it and have a great time with it. 

flordia ta always has nice real SE's.  i have watched the prices going up for years, they are really getting high now.  smokey and the bandit keeps driving the prices up.
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2013, 09:57:00 AM »

All very good questions.  I have seen a few for $50k, but I never thought of that as being "the market".  Maybe the market is going to prove me wrong.  I guess we'll see.  In muscle car circles, you would not normally expect an appearance package to do much.  As much as I hate to say so, I am very sure that 100% of that value is the "Smokey and the Bandit" effect. 
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2013, 10:00:18 AM »

whats funny here is people state they would feel scared to drive a 40-60k vintage cars and future investment values yet you see 60k+ diesel trucks, SUV's one the road every day that loose 20% the day you drive it off the lot.    just saying... Confused

I enjoy observing financial evaluations like this too.  I think it's because when you burn money, there's no risk.  It's a sure thing.   Laughing Laughing 
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2013, 10:29:34 AM »

I have a real SE you guys could buy and restore. It's a 4spd too. PHS documented

Here's the link

http://www.78ta.com/HTAF/index.php?topic=39871.msg412973#msg412973
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2013, 11:55:39 AM »

You can expect to pay upwards of $40k for a decent SE these days.  A nice driver can probably be had for under $20k though.  If you open up to the '76, '78 and '79 SE's you have a much better chance of finding a nice one at a decent price.  

IMO, the SE package was probably the nicest looking Trans Am ever built.  Maybe I'm biased from growing up on S&TB, but a black TA with gold trim, especially with T-tops just looks awesome.  I like them best in this order, '78 WS6 SE, '77 SE, '76 SE, '79 SE, then the '80 and '81 turbo SEs.  Granted they all look really good and I'd be happy to have any of them.  I'm still kicking myself for selling my '77 TA.  It was an original starlight black car with the SE stripe kit added.  

If you want something you can drive and enjoy, then an SE clone is probably the way to go.  You can have the exact same look without the price.  From a performance standpoint the SE didn't add anything you couldn't get on a regular TA.  But if you just have to have the real thing, then you're going to pay a bit more for it.  

I never quite understood the tremendous price gap for what amounted to an appearance package, but then again, that's all the Pace Car and anniversary edition TA's were for the most part too, except the '89 Turbo TA, which offered the Buick 3.8 turbo engine which wasn't available on any other TA.  

Here's a gorgeous '78, but it ain't cheap either.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/3638369674.html
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2013, 02:19:58 PM »

Just to give you guys an idea what price's im seeing here is one in Canada from a very respected and popular place people buy classic cars from. I almost fell off my chair when i seen this price.  Looks like lots of more overtime for me before getting this car.  Sad


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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2013, 02:25:31 PM »



Here's a gorgeous '78, but it ain't cheap either.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/3638369674.html
Just a note...

The ad lists the 1978 Trans am as a w-72.  I'm not seeing anything that says that is a W72 motor.
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No chrome valve covers
wrong call outs on shaker (common)
PHS only lists 400 4bbl and nothing about w-72

Am I wrong??
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Here's a gorgeous '78, but it ain't cheap either.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/3638369674.html
Just a note...

The ad lists the 1978 Trans am as a w-72.  I'm not seeing anything that says that is a W72 motor.


Doesn't have chrome valve covers either. Plus the shaker says 6.6 Litre. So it all points to a NON-W72
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« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2013, 02:32:52 PM »

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The ad lists the 1978 Trans am as a w-72.  I'm not seeing anything that says that is a W72 motor.

I caught that too, and forgot to post it.
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« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2013, 03:12:11 PM »

Unless lack of t-tops is a deal breaker to you, I'd just buy a clone. A lot less expense and less worry about anything happening to it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Pontiac-Trans-Am-DELUXE-1978-TRANS-AM-4-SPEED-47-509-MILES-CLONED-BANDIT-EXC-COND-/121071695896?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item1c306f7818
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« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2013, 03:22:19 PM »



Here's a gorgeous '78, but it ain't cheap either.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/3638369674.html
Just a note...

The ad lists the 1978 Trans am as a w-72.  I'm not seeing anything that says that is a W72 motor.
EG:

No chrome valve covers
wrong call outs on shaker (common)
PHS only lists 400 4bbl and nothing about w-72

Am I wrong??


Based on the window sticker (I assume from PHS), it was not a W72.  In 1978, WS6 and W72 can be lumped togther on the invoice, but it's not a WS6 either.  
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