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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Gold Special Edition

21,999 Actual Mile Trans Am Y88 Special Edition 400 V8 4 Speed
Stock #
Body Style
400 V8
Exterior Color
Solar Gold
Interior Color

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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Gold Special Edition  Gold For Sale
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  • Original 400 cubic inch W72 V8
  • Correct WS6 suspension
  • Polished 15-inch Gold Special Edition snowflake wheels
  • Fully documented
  • Correct Borg Warner 4-speed manual transmission
  • Correct power steering
  • Correct Diamont Solar Gold paint / Correct Phoenix Graphix decals
  • Correct Safe-T-Track rear axle / 3.42 gears
  • Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct Camel Tan interior / Delco Air conditioning

Just as we predicted, 1977-1981 Pontiac Trans Ams have become some the hottest collector cars on the planet! If you grew up in the mid to late ‘70s, very little of the metal offered by the big three had any appeal, except for the Trans Am. You either had one, your buddy had one, your uncle had one or you wanted one. And now, the generation that loves these cars is starting to move in to the collector car hobby in full force. That means TODAY is the day to grab a correct, low mileage F2 to show and enjoy. And this magazine-featured Gold Special Edition, an award-winning head turner, combines enduring Pontiac performance with all-American style!

The sale of this vintage Firebird includes a copy of an original build sheet that highlights the following optional equipment:

  • AK1: Deluxe color-matched seatbelts
  • A01: Tinted glass
  • A31: Power windows
  • B22: Door panel emblems
  • B37: Front and rear floor mats
  • B77: Black windshield molding
  • B82: Body emblem delete
  • B89: Black backlite molding
  • B97: Rear wheel spoilers
  • CC1: Hatch roof
  • CD4: Pulse wipers
  • C49: Electric rear window defogger
  • C60: Air conditioning
  • D35: Dual sport mirrors
  • D55: Floor console
  • D80: Rear decklid spoiler
  • D92: Door handle tape stripes
  • G80: Posi-traction rear end
  • JL1: Pedal trim
  • JL2: Power disc brakes
  • K15: Fuel return
  • L78: 400 cubic inch V8 that’s complete with a 4-barrel carburetor
  • M21: 4-speed close-ratio transmission that’s complete with a Hurst shifter
  • NK3: Formula steering wheel
  • N33: Tilt steering column
  • N65: Space Saver spare tire
  • QGR: 2.25×15 white letter tires
  • TGA: Tinted windshield that’s complete with an antenna
  • T93: lack tail lamp panel
  • UN9: Radio suppression package
  • U25: Luggage compartment lamp
  • U27: Glove box lamp
  • U29: Courtesy lamp
  • U76: Windshield antenna
  • WS4: Trans Am
  • WS6: Trans Am Mark IV
  • WW7: Screaming Chicken hood decal
  • WW8: Rally gauges
  • WX3: Ram air Shaker Hood
  • W72: Performance Package
  • YJ8/55P: Gold cast aluminum wheels
  • YR1: Custom front seat
  • YS1: Custom rear seat
  • YT1: Custom door and quarter panels
  • Y88: Gold Special Edition
  • Y90: Custom trim
  • Y92: Lamp Group
  • 62B: Carmel [sic] Tan cloth trim
  • 62X: Camel Tan mix
  • 50L: Solar Gold paint
  • FBD: Trans Am Sport Coupe
  • XXX: Customer order

Assembled at GM-Norwood, this halcyon Trans Am is the beneficiary of a professional, high dollar restoration that was conducted by Murphy’s Classic Auto Restorations in Dover, Ohio. Its buffed and color-sanded pigment, achieved with three coats of Diamont DP20 primer, one coat of Diamont DP21 tinted sealer, six coats of Diamont BASF urethane and four coats of Diamont DC92 clear, pays excellent homage to many original and NOS parts. Phoenix Graphix-supplied Gold Special Edition full outlining stripes trace a Gold Special Edition hood decal to complete the car’s transformation from regular ‘bird to full-tilt ‘Screamin’ chicken’. And today, this coupe looks just as good as you’d expect any show worthy F-body to look, featuring classic lines and sizzling aesthetics that are some of the most iconic automotive brandings in history!

Despite minimum brightwork, Special Edition Trans Ams are highly decorated cars which bring new meaning to the word “details”. At the front of this classic, straight and glossy urethane hangs a monochromatic arrowhead between gold headlight inserts that create Pontiac’s familiar split-grille face. Behind that face, a “T/A 6.6” shaker leads the eye to tinted glass that’s complete with an integrated antenna, an electric defogger and Satin Black frames. At the center of the car, Y88-exclusive T-tops ride above striped door handles, traditional Pontiac fender vents and correct wheel spoilers. And at the back of the car, a straight D80 decklid frames clean, black-trimmed tail lights and bright side-splitter exhaust tips.

Under this coupe’s long hood you’ll find an original Pontiac V8 that wears a correct “WC” assembly stamp opposite a matching partial VIN. Thanks to government mandated emissions standards, performance had almost been legislated out of existence; and that left the Trans Am suffering a bit of an identity crisis. This bird’s W72, punching in at an even 400 cubic inches, combined the largest muscle car engine you could buy with Pontiac’s proven 6X heads to produce higher compression and provide enough low end grunt to create one of the fastest pony cars on the market. At the top of the mill, a correct Quadrajet carburetor rides under a familiar shaker scoop. Below that carburetor, GM Corporate Blue paint coats the entire block, excepting cast iron exhaust manifolds and flash-chromed valve covers. The car’s clean engine bay and hood are covered in a nice coat of DuPont Imron Semi-Gloss Black. All the hard parts around the motor, from the gold brake booster to the Delco Air climate control, appear to be factory-spec. And, as expected, markings and stamps are just where they should be.

At the bottom of this solid gold F-body, a clean undercarriage tells a long story of excellent maintenance and carefully chosen road time. The car’s over-restored floorpans hang glossy Solar pigment of over a Satin Black frame that still retains much of its paint shop shine. Behind the motor, a correct Borg Warner 4-speed sends power to a correct Safe-T-Track rear end that’s fitted with standard 3.42 gears. At the ends of the car, a rebuilt WS6 suspension, which includes power steering, thicker sway bars, better shocks and stiffer springs, combines with power front disc and rear drum brakes to provide quick stops and great handling. At the corners of the car, power flows to the pavement through polished Pontiac ‘snowflakes’ which spin 225/70R15 Goodyear Eagle TRs around correct gold paint and ‘gold bird’ center caps. There’s a fresh and equally correct single-into-dual exhaust system that lends the 400 a throaty but subdued soundtrack. And, based on a quick visual inspection, everything from this Pontiac’s ‘blue bolt’ hardware to its polyurethane bushings appears to be in good, road-ready condition.

Open the car’s massive doors and you’ll find a correct Camel Tan interior that’s centered in virtual miles of Special Edition trim. Original seats are comfortably firm and, carrying high class Lombardy velour, look like they should be in a much more modern, much more expensive offering. In front of those seats, an engine turned instrument panel, completely restored by Just Dashes, hangs crystal clear Rally Gauges above factory climate control and a reconditioned Delco stereo. Below that dash, a Camel Tan console anchors a large storage bin behind a Hurst shifter and chrome power window switches. Below that console, tan carpet, which has been carefully protected by color-keyed floor mats, displays no fading or unraveling. Opposite that carpet, a stain-free headliner is stretched tight around mirrored T-tops. In front of the driver, a gold Formula steering wheel spins around a tilting column. At the sides of the passengers, Camel Tan door panels feature pristine stainless trim and bright chrome handles. And behind the cockpit, a fresh trunk centers a Space Saver spare tire under original decklid decals and a functional courtesy lamp.

Like all of our investment grade offerings, the sale of this Trans Am includes extensive documentation. Here’s a chronological list of everything we have on file:

  • A dealer edition product manual
  • Corporate Pontiac paperwork
  • A dealership brochure
  • A copy of the car’s build sheet
  • A specifications form
  • Two volumes of the 1978 Pontiac Service Manual
  • An owner’s manual
  • A warranty booklet
  • Copies of the car’s titles dating back to 1984
  • Photos taken prior to the restoration
  • An album of restoration photos
  • Pontiac Historic Services documentation
  • A reproduction window sticker
  • A copy of the car’s November, 2005 cover feature in Pontiac High Performance Magazine

NOW is the time to buy a correct, low mileage Trans Am to show and enjoy for years to come. And here’s a guarantee: if you don’t, someone else will and you’ll be chasing a value curve that’s heading straight up for the next 20 years. This is the kind of car that you can take to the cruise in on a hot Saturday night and drive to work on a sunny Monday morning. If you’re in the market for a cool Pontiac that’s the quintessential late ‘70s American muscle car, here it is. Grab it fast and thank us in ten years as you watch its value climb!


Secondary Make
Model Name
Secondary Model
Trans Am Gold Special Edition
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Sports Car

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Engine Size
400 V8
Engine Number
Fuel Specification
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Borg Warner Super T10
Transmission Number


Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
RH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
Battery Charger
Power Steering
Air Conditioning


Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console


Body Style
Safe Body Color
Solar Gold
Paint Type


Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
10 Bolt
Front Wheel Specification
Rear Wheel Specification
Front Tire Specification
Rear Tire Specification
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spacesaver 15"
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Factory Replacement


Restoration Status
Mileage Since Restoration
Awards Summary
Historical Documents Summary
* Dealer edition product manual. * Corporate Pontiac paperwork. * Dealership brochure. * Copy of the car’s build sheet. * Specifications form. * 1978 Pontiac Service Manual. * -- 2 volumes. * Owner's manual. * Warranty booklet. * Copies of titles dating to 1984. * Pre-restoration photos. * Restoration photos. * PHS documentation. * Reproduction window sticker. * Copy of the car’s November, 2005 cover feature in Pontiac High Performance Magazine.

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