my best friend in HS was always bragging about what car his father was getting him....We were both crazy about the Pantera because our dentist had one- So he bragged about his father buying him one of them...but when he was going to pick it up, sadly, it had been smashed by a forklift....SO I knew not to ever believe anything he said.
At the end of summer 1977, I was mowing the yard and down the street comes a Black w/gold pinstripes Trans Am...the first one I had ever seen in person.....Stopped at my driveway and the window went down ("Oh wow- maybe they are going to ask for directions...This is Soooooo cool!") I see an older lady, and as I lean down to make eye-contact with the driver I hear my buddy's voice, "Hey, Eric- what do you think of my new car?" (I continued on down to my knees where I started beating my fists against the cement; "No-No-No!!!"
(He totaled that TA six months later)
Also, back around 1984-5, I met Herb Adams (the engineer that convinced Pontiac to make the TA actually handle good) at an Autocross event at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.
Here is a forum dedicated to 2nd-gen F-birds; https://www.firebirdnation....rebird-1970-1981.76/