For Sale: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in Chatsworth, California

Vehicle Description

Finished in Martinique Blue, this isn't your average 1978 Trans Am!

A modern 6.0-Liter V8 Mated to a 4L60E 4 Speed Automatic Transmission has been installed along with Vintage Air A/C.

Stopping Power comes from 4 Wheel Power Disc Brakes with Cross Driller Rotors.

The interior has been redone with bucket seats, new carpet, sound deadening insulation, Dakota Digital Gauges, a custom stereo and Power Windows.

A stunning combination that provides iconic muscle car looks with modern drivability!!

Great lease rates and Financing also available on any of our inventory!
Buy Sell Trade Consignments Welcome!
Please email [email protected] or call 1-818-773-8181

About the Trans Am:

The Pontiac Firebird was built and produced from the 1967 to 2002 model years. Designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was introduced on February 23, 1967, five months after GM's Chevrolet division's platform-sharing Camaro. This also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Ford's upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang.

The name "Firebird" was also previously used by GM for the General Motors Firebird in the 1950s and early 1960s concept cars.

The second-generation debut for the 1970 model year was delayed until February 26, 1970, because of tooling and engineering problems; thus, its popular designation as a 1970� model, while leftover 1969s were listed in early Pontiac literature without a model-year identification. This generation of Firebirds were available in coupe form only; after the 1969 model year, convertibles were not available until 1989.

Replacing the "Coke bottle" styling was a more "swoopy" body style, while still retaining some traditional elements. The top of the rear window line went almost straight down to the lip of the trunk lid. The new design was initially characterized by a large B-pillar, until 1975 when the rear window was enlarged. Originally, the "wraparound" style window that occupied more of the b-pillar was initially supposed to be the design, but problems with the glue and sealing the rear window led to the flat style window being used until the re-designed body in 1975. This style became the look that was to epitomize the F-body styling for the longest period during the Firebird's lifetime.


Firebird Esprit
Firebird Formula
Firebird Trans Am
Special/Limited Editions and appearance packages

Formula appearance package (RPO W50, 1976-1981)
50th Anniversary limited edition (2,590 units, RPO Y82, 1976)
Special Edition appearance package, black with gold pinstriping (RPO Y82 1977-1978, RPO Y84 1978-1981)
Sky Bird Esprit appearance package (RPO W60, 1977-1978)
Red Bird Esprit appearance package (RPO W68, 1978-1979)
Yellow Bird Esprit appearance package (RPO W73, 1980)
Special Edition appearance package, gold with brown pinstriping (8,666 units, RPO Y88, 1978)
10th Anniversary Trans Am (TATA) limited edition (7,500 units, RPO Y89, 1979)
Turbo Trans Am Indianapolis pace car limited edition (5,700 units, RPO Y85, 1980)
Turbo Trans Am "Daytona 500" pace car limited edition (2,000 units, RPO Y85, 1981)
Macho Trans Am (offered by the Mecham Pontiac dealership in Glendale, AZ) (~400 units, 1977-1980).
Fire Am (Firebird American) offered by Herb Adams/VSE (~200 units, 1976-1981)

Changes for 1978 were slight, with a switch from a honeycomb to a crosshatch pattern grille being the most notable change to the body style. The decals for the standard Trans Ams changed from the "looping style" lettering to the "block-style" font that would remain on the Firebird until the end of the second generation. T-tops in 1978 transitioned from Hurst units to Fisher (GM) in mid-year. Pontiac also introduced the Red Bird package on the Firebird Esprit model. Painted in Roman red with a matching deluxe red interior, it demonstrated gold accents with a unique Red Bird graphic on the b-pillars. It also included a Formula steering wheel with gold spokes and gold dash bezel, similar to the ones included in the Special Edition package, however, the red and gold steering wheel was exclusive to the Red Bird Esprit.

The W72 engine option also saw a revision to the camshaft duration and the tuning of the Rochester Quadrajet which lead to a 10% increase of horsepower from the following year, bringing the total to 220 hp. Additionally, the earlier stronger and more durable 481988 cast block returned on the W72, denoted with a large "XX" cast protruding off the side of the block near the cast code. The WS6 special performance package developed by Herb Adams was introduced as a handling option for the Trans Am, including a larger diameter rear sway bar, tighter ratio steering box, 15x8-inch snowflake wheels, additional frame bracing, as well as other suspension changes. Delays in manufacturing prevented the rear disc brake (RPO J65) from being available on the 1978 model year.43 #fn43 Approximately 23.1% (28,239) of Formulas and Trans Ams in 1978 had the WS6 option according to Pontiac sales information at the start of 1979. At the end of 1978, the WS6 handling package became available for the Formula models as well.

Whilst Fusion Motor Company make a sincere effort to supply information that is accurate and complete, we are aware that errors and omissions may occur. Therefore, we are not able to guarantee the accuracy of the information and we cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising from misleading information or for any reliance on which you may place on the information contained on this website or our advertisements. We highly recommend that you examine the vehicle to check the accuracy of the information supplied. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or by calling 818-773-8181

Vehicle Details

  • 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  • Listing ID: CC-1593028
  • Price: $89,950
  • Location:Chatsworth, California
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird Trans Am
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:1210
  • Stock Number:5681641
  • VIN:2W87K8L169243

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20837 Nordhoff Street
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