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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Ground Up Restored Firebird Trans AM 6.6L V8 4spd Air Conditioning Build Sheet
Stock #
Body Style
6.6 Liter V8
Exterior Color
Starlight Black
Interior Color



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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Black For Sale
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  • The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration
  • Correct Starlight Black paint / Correct Camel cloth interior
  • Sale includes: An original Build Sheet / An original Window Sticker
  • Correct WS4 suspension / Correct 10-bolt rear axle
  • 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8
  • Correct factory air conditioning
  • Correct factory power steering
  • Borg Warner 4-speed manual transmission
  • 18-inch Snowflake Wheels
  • Correct factory power front disc and rear drum brakes


  • The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration
  • 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8
  • Borg Warner 4-speed manual transmission
  • Correct Starlight Black paint / Correct Camel cloth interior
  • Correct factory air conditioning
  • 18-inch Snowflake Wheels
  • Sale includes: An original Build Sheet / An original Window Sticker
  • Correct factory power steering
  • Correct factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct WS4 suspension / Correct 10-bolt rear axle

If you’re a car guy who’s anywhere south of 100, or anywhere north of 30, chances are you know exactly where “east bound and down” came from. And if you know where “east bound and down” came from, it’s a good possibility you’re very familiar with this 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. What’s my point? If you’re one of the growing number of enthusiasts rediscovering just how cool F2 Trans Ams are, but aren’t quite sure you want to regress that far into youth, here’s your chance to throw a little sophistication into the mix. Fully documented and ready to roll, this brassy black and gold ‘bird isn’t just a bold throwback to simpler times and cooler cars, it’s a timeless commentary on smart investment for the future. So, if you’re into classic American muscle and giant Screamin’ Chicken decals, order up some flutes of Coors, throw on the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s Down on the Farm and toast your next classic!


Assembled at GM’s famous Van Nuys manufacturing facility in May of 1978, this striking SE tribute is an authentic factory black car that was originally delivered to Hiday Motors in Bluffton, Indiana. At some point, after it migrated to the dry plains of Arizona, the car was massaged from good condition into great condition. And today, logging only weekend miles since that thorough dust off, this spectacular F2 displays a killer coat of correct Starlight Black 2-stage under Special Edition-exclusive full outlining stripes and an iconic Special Edition-exclusive Screamin’ Chicken hood decal.

Despite their minimalist brightwork, second generation Trans Ams were highly decorated cars that brought new meaning to the word ‘details’. At the front of this ‘bird, straight and glossy urethane hangs Special Edition headlight buckets and a small “PONTIAC” script between a correct “TRANS AM” call-out and traditional red arrowhead. Behind that urethane, a great looking “T/A-6.6” branded hood anchors like-new glass beneath painted stainless trim and tinted T-tops. At the sides of that hood, correct “TRANS AM” call-outs and Special Edition B-pillar birds complement traditional fender vents, polished door handles and correct wheel spoilers. And at the back of the car, a rounded D80 trunk wing aligns a correct “TRANS AM” call-out above factory-fresh taillights, a small “PONTIAC” script and polished side-splitter exhaust.


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 stout, 400 cubic inch V8 combined the largest muscle car engine you could buy with Pontiac’s proven “6X” head design to create one of the fastest pony cars on the market. At the top of the smooth mill, a big Rochester carburetor and modern HEI distributor center a familiar Trans Am shaker on a proven Edelbrock intake. Below those components, GM Corporate Blue paint coats the entire block, while correct, cast iron manifolds funnel spent gases into throaty pipes. All the hard parts around the motor, from the fresh brake booster and rebuilt alternator to the correct Delco Air conditioning and fender plenum air tube, appear to be factory-correct. The car’s authentic engine bay and hood are covered in a nice combination of GM Satin and Pontiac Starlight Black. And, as expected, there’s pliable belts, clean hoses, and a strong battery.


At the bottom of this Trans Am, a clean undercarriage is comprised of straight floorpans that display thick undercoating, and a Satin Black chassis that retains a showroom-fresh appearance. In the middle of that undercarriage, a tough Borg Warner 4-speed sends power to a familiar GM axle. Below that stellar powertrain, a rebuilt WS4 suspension, which includes power steering, thicker sway bars, better shocks and stiffer springs, combines with standard issue power front disc and rear drum brakes to mix quick stops with great handling. At the center of that suspension, a fresh exhaust system barks a deep, vintage roar through an X-shaped crossover and Pypes Race Pro mufflers. And at the corners of those tubes, modern Snowflakes spin Special Edition paint and requisite ‘gold bird’ center caps around two 255/40ZR18 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports and two 275/40ZR18 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports.


Open this Pontiac’s massive doors and you’ll find a correct cloth interior that wraps gold, Special Edition trim in a whole lot of old school comfort! The airy cockpit begins with thick seats that are firm, crisp and look restoration-fresh in every way. Below those seats, like-new carpet centers a molded console on a requisite Hurst shifter. And in front of the driver, a correct, tilting column spins a correct, Formula wheel around an engine-turned instrument panel, sliders for the car’s correct air conditioning and a retro Delco radio.


Now that you’ve waded through our detailed description, here’s a through breakdown of this Poncho’s VIN, Cowl Tag and Build Sheet.

VIN: 2W87Z8L172585

  • 2: Pontiac Motor Division
  • W: Trans Am
  • 87: Sports coupe
  • Z: 400 cubic inch V8
  • 8: 1978 model year
  • L: Assembled in Van Nuys, California
  • 172585: Production sequence number


  • 78 – 1978 model year
  • 2FS87 – 2: Pontiac Motor Division, FS: Firebird, 87: coupe
  • L – Assembled in Van Nuys, California
  • 203867 – The car’s Fisher Body production number
  • 62B – Camel cloth interior
  • A51 – Bucket seats
  • W19L W19U – Starlight Black lower (L) and upper (U) exterior paint
  • 05D – Assembled during the fourth week (D) of May (5), 1978
  • T — Unknown
  • 228132 – Fisher Body time and date code.


  • A01: Tinted glass
  • A51: Bucket Seats
  • BS1: Additional acoustic insulation
  • B93: Door edge guards
  • B97: Rear wheel spoilers
  • CC1: Hatch roof
  • C49: Electric rear window defogger
  • C60: Air conditioning
  • C95: Dome lamps
  • D35: Dual sport mirrors
  • D55: Floor console
  • D80: Rear decklid spoiler
  • D92: Door handle tape stripes
  • F41: Rear stabilizer
  • GU6: 3.42 gears
  • 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 transmission
  • NK3: Formula steering wheel
  • NS3: Tilt steering column
  • N65: Space Saver spare tire
  • N67: Rally Wheels
  • P06: Wheel trim rings
  • QCY: G70x15 lettered tires
  • TS3: Black tail lamps
  • UN9: Radio suppression package
  • U05: Dual horns
  • U25: Luggage compartment lamp
  • U27: Glove box lamp
  • U28: Ashtray Lamp
  • U29: Courtesy lamp
  • U35: Electric clock
  • U76: Windshield antenna
  • V02: Heavy-duty cooling
  • WS4: Trans Am
  • WW8: Rally gauges
  • WX3: Ram Air Shaker Hood
  • W72: Performance Package
  • YR1: Custom front seat
  • YS1: Custom rear seat
  • YT1: Custom door and quarter panels
  • Y90: Custom trim ($134)
  • Y92: Lamp Group ($18)
  • 62I: Buckskin trim
  • 62X: Big 4 tan
  • XXX: Customer order


  • The aforementioned Build Sheet
  • A copy of that Build Sheet
  • Original factory literature
  • An original Window Sticker
  • T-top bags
  • Two sets of keys

Fully restored from its factory T-tops all the way to its slick Snowflakes, this fully documented Trans Am is an impressive muscle car that’s perfect for any Bandit enthusiast! This is the kind of car you park at the show on Saturday, then drive to work on a sunny Monday morning. In the market for a clean, late model F2? NOW is the time to buy an impressive showpiece to enjoy for years to come!


Secondary Make
Model Name
Secondary Model
Trans Am
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Engine Size
6.6 Liter V8
Engine Number
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Borg Warner T10
Transmission Number


Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
LH 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
Starlight Black
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
Exhaust Type
Muffler Type


Restoration Status
Mileage Since Restoration
Awards Summary
Historical Documents Summary
* Original Build Sheet. * A copy of the Build Sheet. * Original factory literature. * Original Window Sticker.

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