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!!!
With the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966, followed one year later by its mechanical twin cousin, the Pontiac Firebird.
When you think about muscle cars and pony cars of the late 1960s, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird such as the Pick of the Day is not always one of the first cars that comes to mind.
It’s no surprise that John Z. DeLorean, who gave us the Pontiac GTO, wanted to do something different with the new Firebird being offered by his Pontiac Division of General Motors.
Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center
I’ve spent far longer then I care to admit staring at the Pick of the Day car, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, trying to think of something smart and interesting to say about it.
Still steamed that you missed out on that 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car that sold at Barrett-Jackson?
I had a 1988 Pontiac Formula Firebird when was a young man, but we live in a city where there are many hills and rear-wheel drive is not ideal.