1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
4 Speed T/A
1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
- 6.6L 400ci. V8
- 4 Speed Manual Transmission
- 45k Miles
- White Over Black Interior
- ALL ORIGINAL
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“… 1978 is the best year yet to buy a new Pontiac.” - Pontiac brochure headline
That dealer-brochure boast of “best year” is bound to get a rise out of enthusiasts of all stripes when it's applied to any make and model. However, for Pontiac in general, and for the Trans Am in particular, it's pretty hard to argue that 1978 was anything but a very special year for a very special car. The heat of the muscle-car wars of the late Sixties might have passed, but as late as 1978, Pontiac was still building plenty of excitement into the Trans Am.
Offered here is a collector-quality, extremely well-documented 1978 Trans Am in white over black. What's more, this Trans Am has traveled just 45,000 miles in all, or just over 1,000 miles per-year on average. The original owner not only took meticulous care of his pride and joy, he kept extensive records and (now vintage) literature, all included in the sale.
The condition of the body panels and the white paint is excellent, free of damage, scrapes, and discoloration. There are no sun-fading issues. Body-panel alignment (including fender flares) is similarly proper; both lift-out tinted-glass roof panels fit properly (their storage bag is included). Decals—notably the “screaming chicken” on the hood, but also the “Trans Am” identification on the rear deck and front fenders—retains its factory-new appearance. The twin blacked-out front grilles and center Pontiac emblem are likewise free of damage. Factory five-spoke aluminum wheels with Pontiac-logo center caps are mounted with raised-white-letter GoodYear Wingfoot HP tires.
Inside, seating surfaces are upholstered in anthracite velour fabric, part of an optional upgrade. No unusual wear is present, and absolutely no rips or tears on the front buckets or rear 2-passenger bench. The original Firebird-branded sport steering wheel (in black) frames a black dashboard accented with turned-metal trim that surrounds both the tachometer and speedometer, as well as an array of engine-monitoring gauges. All instrument lenses are clear-faced; all graphic markings on instruments and other control surfaces are crisp and un-worn. Metal-trimmed pedals were part of the upgraded interior option. Appropriate for the model that starred in “Smokey and the Bandit,” a combination CB/AM-FM pushbutton stereo is mounted. The console-mounted 4-speed manual-transmission shifter still sports the Pontiac-logo shift-pattern insert which remains in remarkably good condition; the power window buttons are also located on the console. The glove box still holds the original owner's manual.
Under the hood, the T/A 6.6 liter V8 (the upgraded, optional W72) rests beneath its through-the-hood shaker air intake. Engine-block paint is the original Pontiac shade of turquois. All related components are properly located, and the engine bay is clean and tidy. The original build tag remains in the factory location. Viewed from below, the car's chassis—including the full-length dual exhaust system-—is free of damage. There is no evidence of too-aggressive or abusive driving styles.
Be sure to review the Trans Am's extensive array of documents pictured in the gallery. Build sheet, order sheets, and window sticker are included, as well as a variety of dealer literature and promotional material. Every option on the car is documented here. Only someone who loves a car hangs onto all this historical information.
The more than 180 high-definition photographs available on the Garage Kept Motors site, together with the walk-around-and-startup video faithfully present this collector-quality, highly documented '78 Trans Am from every angle, including from underneath. That said, we always encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom by interested parties, or their representatives. We ask only that appointments for such visits be made with us via phone or email in advance. In the same way, we are happy to answer any questions about this special offering.
There are cars that absolutely capture a time in history. The Trans Am is one. Anyone around when these cars prowled the streets longed to own one; anyone who wasn't around then can still identify with the wildness of the late Seventies. Not only does this white Trans Am deliver all that psychic joy, but its outstanding survivor condition and exceptional and extensive documentation make it a truly rare and special opportunity; a rolling piece of American performance-car history.