• Stock:

    2431-ATL

  • Engine Size:

    400 Ram Air III V8

  • Transmission Type:

    Automatic

  • Miles:

    16,543 (Unknown)

  • Location:

    Atlanta, Georgia

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WELL-PRESERVED T/A, COLLECTOR OWNED, 400 V8, AUTO, FACTORY A/C, WELL-OPTIONED!!

In the 1970s, Pontiac was one of the few domestic automakers who remembered how to make horsepower. This 1978 Trans Am, for example, is powered by a 400 cubic inch V8 and is loaded with tons of desirable options, including T-tops and factory A/C. Sporting a retro-cool gold paint job with the famous firebird hood decal, it's a piece of 1970s performance that's actually pretty impressive on the road.

The color is called Chesterfield Brown, and while there are a few touch-ups here and there, we're pretty sure the 16,543 miles showing on the odometer are authentic. Thanks to long-term care in a private collection, this T/A is in great condition throughout, showing the results of careful ownership and proper maintenance. The brown paint has a hint of gold underneath, and it really looks nice in the sun, and if you've been paying attention, you've undoubtedly noticed that brown is suddenly back in fashion. This one has a few areas that show some age, but you can't argue with a clean car like this and we wouldn't change a thing. These cars were also heavy on the deals, but they remain in excellent condition with very little fading and excellent adhesion. The blacked-out grilles are in excellent condition and the cool Trans Am taillights are still bright and clear.

The only way Trans Ams came in 1978 was loaded, and that included comfortable high-back bucket seats. The tan seats in this car remain in good condition with wear appropriate to a car with this many miles and a fraction as many years on it; they're simply excellent. The dash features a cool engine-turned panel that was gold anodized at the factory and houses a full array of functional gauges as well as the original AM/FM/cassette radio. The dash pad, console, door panels and even the headliner are all in astonishingly good shape, with no cracking or fading. The options list is extensive, and includes power windows, a tilt steering column, factory CB radio and factory A/C, as well as rather rare cruise control. T-tops are another desirable option, and they fit well and don't squeak, which can get annoying on high-mileage T/As. The trunk is very nicely preserved with what appears to be the original mat and space-saver spare with inflator bottles.

The 400 cubic inch V8 is a W72 motor with 6X heads, and makes great muscle car sounds, and moves the car with authority. It was recently inspected and serviced by a GM dealer and aside form some light dirt and other minor signs of age, this is a very authentic-looking engine bay. The block is still covered in factory-applied Pontiac Blue paint, the snorkel feeding the air cleaner (which only looks like a hood scoop, but is non-functional) is intact, and only routine maintenance items have been replaced. The chassis is more of the same, and offers a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission, a 10-bolt rear end, and no hidden surprises for the new owner. A recent true dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers undoubtedly frees up some extra horsepower compared to the choking, single catalytic converter system that came from the factory, and it sounds every bit as cool as Burt's car did on the big screen. The wheels are famous Pontiac 15x8 "snowflake" alloys, painted gold to match the body and wearing fat 225/70/15 Uniroyal radials.

If you're a smart investor, you've undoubtedly already noticed that these cars are red hot right now. Forget what you remember about the '70s and enjoy the reality: the fact is, these are awesome cars that are simply a blast to drive. Call now!

Features

Air Conditioning, AM/FM Radio, Cassette Player, Cloth Interior, Defrost, Front Disc Brakes, Heat, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Seatbelts, T-Tops, Tilt Wheel, Cruise Control

Documentation

Factory Buildsheet, Original Window Sticker

Drivetrain

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
400 Ram Air III V8
Transmission Type
Automatic

Body

Body Or Basic Color
Brown
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2

Basic

Year
1978
Make
Pontiac
Model
Firebird
Miles
16,543 (Unknown)

Interior

Interior Or Basic Color
Tan
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Cloth
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

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