My wife and I are the original owners of a 1979 Firebird
Formula, VIN Number 2U87Y9L129504. It is painted two-tone, Platinum Silver upper
with a Dark Gray lower body and it has dark blue and light blue pin stripes. Its
interior is light blue. It has dark glass T-TOPS. It has the 301 engine and is a
3 speed automatic.
We purchased the car new in December 1978. I drove it daily to my office and
back home until early 1989. It then became our 3
car (mostly sat in the garage) until mid 1990 when it became our oldest sonís
transportation during high school. When he went off to collage, the car was
passed onto our youngest son. He drove it until he went off to collage. It
survived two teen-aged boys, driving it for close to 5 years!
Again, the car sat in the garage for a while. Then in 1996,
because we loved the look of the car, we decided to restore it back to original
We had a friend take out the dings, the few rust areas and
repaint it in its original colors.
He also made original looking decals (the large word FORMULA) which are
located beneath the doors by scanning them into a computer, having them produced
them and then applying them.
Since he could not find a source for the original looking pin
stripes, he laid down multi layers of light and dark blue pin stripes to regain
the original look.
We then obtained NOS interior seat material from the Seattle
area and had the interior redone.
We had the air conditioning system replaced with the new
coolant type so that we can drive it in comfort during the hot St. Louis
It now has it place in the garage next to our 1959 Triumph
TR3 and our 1965 Porsche 356 Cabriolet.