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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Gold Special Edition

15,628 Actual Mile Firebird Trans Am Y88 Gold SE W72 400 V8 4 Speed WS6 PS PB AC
Stock #
135196
Body Style
Coupe
Engine
400 V8
Exterior Color
Solar Gold
Interior Color
Camel
Miles
15632

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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
  • Correct velour interior / Correct Delco Air climate control
  • Was once part of the Milt Robson collection
  • Original Borg Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission
  • Correct power steering / Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Fully documented
  • Correct 10-bolt rear axle
  • Correct 15-inch ‘snowflake’ wheels
  • Cosmetically restored

SUMMARY

  • 15,628 actual mile Gold Special Edition Trans Am that’s been cosmetically restored
  • Original 400 cubic inch W72 V8
  • Original Borg Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission
  • Correct velour interior that’s been restored using NOS components
  • Our sale includes an original build sheet, an original Dealer Invoice, an original window sticker and PHS documentation
  • Was once part of the Milt Robson collection
  • Correct optional Delco Air climate control
  • Correct power steering / Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Correct WS6 suspension
  • Correct 15-inch ‘snowflake’ wheels

Just as we predicted, 1977-‘81 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 fully documented Gold Special Edition, a 15,628-mile head turner that was formerly a part of the Milt Robson collection, combines enduring Pontiac performance with all-American style!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Assembled at GM-Norwood, this halcyon Trans Am was sold through Wallace Motor Company of Salisbury, North Carolina. It’s glossy Solar Gold glow is the product of a recent cosmetic restoration that was anchored to all-original sheetmetal. Correct 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!

ENGINE

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 and correct 481988XX casting number. 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 big 4-barrel carburetor rides under a familiar shaker scoop. Below that carb, GM Corporate Blue 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 GM Satin Black. And all the hard parts around the motor, from the vintage brake booster to the Delco Air climate control, appear to be factory-spec.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

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 original floorpans seat vintage Solar pigment over a straight, Satin Black frame. Behind the motor, an original Borg Warner 4-speed, which hangs a matching partial VIN over a May 24th, 1978 build plate, sends power to a correct 10-bolt rear end. 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 meets the pavement via familiar Pontiac ‘snowflakes’, which spin 225/70R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As around correct gold paint and ‘gold bird’ center caps. And there’s a fresh true-dual exhaust system that employs an H-shaped crossover, throaty Flowmaster mufflers and polished side-splitter tips.

INTERIOR

Open the car’s massive doors and you’ll find an NOS Camel Tan interior that’s centered in virtual miles of Special Edition trim. Original seats are comfortably firm and, carrying correct velour hides, look like they should be in a much more modern, much more expensive offering. In front of those seats, an engine turned instrument panel hangs crystal clear Rally Gauges above factory climate control and an optional Delco-GM stereo. Beneath that dash, a Camel Tan console anchors a large storage bin behind a chrome Hurst shifter. Below that console, tan carpet, which has been carefully protected by Trans Am-branded floor mats, displays no serious fading or unraveling. At the sides of that carpet, Camel Tan door panels feature pristine stainless trim and bright chrome handles. In front of the driver, a gold Formula steering wheel spins around a correct fixed column. And behind the cockpit, a clean trunk centers a Space Saver spare tire under original decklid decals and a functional courtesy lamp.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The sale of this vintage Firebird includes both an original build sheet and an original window sticker. The following breakdown combines the optional equipment listed on that build sheet with prices listed on that window sticker.

  • TGA: Tinted windshield that’s equipped with an antenna
  • A01: Tinted glass ($59)
  • A90: Remote decklid release ($21)
  • BS1: Additional acoustic insulation ($29)
  • B37: Front and rear floor mats ($23)
  • B77: Black windshield molding
  • B82: Body emblem delete
  • B89: Black backlite molding
  • B97: Rear wheel spoilers
  • CC1: Hatch roof
  • C60: Air conditioning ($518)
  • 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 ($75)
  • M21: 4-speed close-ratio transmission that’s complete with a Hurst shifter
  • NK3: Formula steering wheel
  • N65: Space Saver spare tire
  • QGR: 2.25×15 white letter tires
  • UM2: AM/FM stereo that’s complete with an 8-track player ($341)
  • UN9: Radio suppression package
  • U25: Luggage compartment lamp
  • U27: Glove box lamp
  • U29: Courtesy lamp
  • U76: Windshield antenna
  • T93: Blacked-out tail lamps
  • WS4: Trans Am
  • WS6: Trans Am Mark IV ($76)
  • WW7: Screaming Chicken hood decal
  • 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
  • YJ8: Cast aluminum wheels
  • 55P: Gold cast aluminum wheels
  • Y88: Gold Special Edition ($1,261)
  • Y90: Custom trim ($134)
  • Y92: Lamp Group ($18)
  • 62B: Carmel [sic] Tan cloth trim
  • 62X: Camel Tan mix
  • 50L: Solar Gold paint
  • FBD: Trans Am Sport Coupe
  • XXX: Customer order

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

  • The aforementioned build sheet
  • An original Dealer Invoice
  • The aforementioned window sticker
  • An original Owner’s Manual
  • Original warranty and accessory paperwork
  • Pontiac Historic Services paperwork

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 pedigreed 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!

Basic

Year
1978
Make
Pontiac
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Firebird
Secondary Model
Trans Am Gold Special Edition
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Sports Car
Mileage
15632

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
400 V8
Engine Number
481988XX
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Borg Warner T10
Transmission Number
1304065903

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Radio
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Camel
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Velour
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Solar Gold
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
Yes

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
10 Bolt
Front Wheel Specification
15"
Rear Wheel Specification
15"
Front Tire Specification
225/70R15
Rear Tire Specification
225/70R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
Spacesaver 15"
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
FlowMaster

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
* Original build sheet. * Original Dealer Invoice. * Original window sticker. * Original Owner’s Manual. * Original warranty and access. ppw. * Pontiac Historic Services paperwork.

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