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For Sale: 1978 Pontiac Firebird in Mesa, Arizona

Vehicle Description

This 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is highly original inside and out. But under the hood you have a screaming 428 V8 upgrade that really lets this speedy-looking T/A live up to the car you always wanted it to be.


This generation Firebird really gave off a southwestern hero vibe, and this one really shows it off best. The Mayan Red has the rich color of a desert sunset, and the phoenix-style hood bird with flares coming off its wings only adds to the legend. What's particularly impressive on this example is how original it has remained all these decades later (even the mileage is suspected - but unconfirmed - to be original.) There has been enjoyment over the years, but the way this still shines nicely and the straightness of the panels tells you this coupe has been treated with reverence. And these T/As really did command respect. The wide ground effects in front of the wheel wells, fender vents, integrated rear spoiler, and shaker hood all gives this a real presence on the streets. And those snowflake alloys are legends all on their own.


The black interior looks great against the exterior red. And just like the outside, the inside is suspected to be highly original. The carpeting, door panels, and headliner have a nice dark presentation. And the high-back bucket seats are finished in a plush velour for comfort. Plus, you have great original options like power windows and the AM/FM stereo. This classic is a true driver's machine, and that's why it comes with features like the armrest center console, floor shifter, and grippy sports steering wheel specific to the Trans Ams. And we all love the look of the full gauge package set in the bright machine-turned panel.


Under the hood is where this one varies from stock, and it's also what you're going to love the most. The V8 displaces 428 cubic-inches. That's a legendary size in Pontiac circles and larger than what was available in '78. It came from Leader Automotive that was known for big power swaps. This V8 has the right performance pieces like a four-barrel carburetor, aluminum intakes, and long tube headers feeding a Pypes dual exhaust. All this power is sent through a stout TH400 three-speed automatic transmission on its way to a Positraction rear end. This is an ultra-desirable WS6 car, and so it was known to be one of the best handling American cars of its time. That means power steering, sway bars front & rear, and front disc brakes.


The sale comes complete with the factory buildsheet, build receipts, and Pontiac Historic Services (PHS) documentation. So if you want a highly original car with a serious performance upgrade, don't let this special T/A slip away. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1210493
  • Price:$39,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird
  • Exterior Color:Mayan Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:9768
  • Stock Number:0760-PHX
  • VIN:2W87Z8L158456