Gold
Gold
400 V8
3 Speed Automatic

As everyone knows, 1977-1981 Pontiac Trans Ams are, arguably, the hottest collector cars on the planet (as we predicted a few years back). If you grew up in the mid to late 70's, very few of the cars coming being 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. If your local car show scene is like ours, you've probably noticed more and more of these cars in attendance and we expect this trend to continue for another 20 years. NOW is the time to grab a correct, low mileage, investment level Trans Am to show and enjoy. In ten days, don't say we didn't want you! This extremely rare 1978 Gold Special Edition Trans Am is an all original investment grade car that combines enduring Pontiac performance with some of the best visual sizzle to ever come out of Detroit.

Included with this sale is both the cars original window sticker and build sheet. Below I've laid out exactly what the original window sticker lists, and for comparisons sake, added the factory option codes from the cars build sheet in parentheses.

PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM: $5,889

(50L) PAINT EXTR LWR SOLAR GOLD: $00

(50U) PAINT EXTR UPR SOLAR GOLD: $00

(62N) TRIM VINYL CAMEL TAN: $00

(62N) TRIM APPOINTMENTS CAMEL TAN: $00

(62N) TRIM INTR CAMEL TAN: $00

(L78) 6.6 LITRE (400) 4BBL V-8 ENGINE: $00

(G80) DIFFERENTIAL, SAF-T-TRACK: $00

(C60) AIR CONDITIONING, CUSTOM: $518

(AK1) BELTS, CUSTOM COLOR KEYED: $22

(62N) BELTS, SEAT-CAMEL TAN: $00

(D55) CONSOLE: $00

(K30) CRUISE CONTROL: $95

(WW8) GAGES, RALLY & I/P TACH&CLOCK: $00

(A01) GLASS, ALL WINDOWS SOFT RAY: $59

(Y92) LAMP GROUP: (U25) LAMP - LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT, (U29) LAMP – GLOVE BOX, (U27) LAMP – LAMP, I/PANEL COURTESY: $18

(B37) MATS, FRONT & REAR FLOOR: $23

(D35) MIRROR, LH R/CONT SPORT, RH MAN ADJ: $00

(JL2) POWER DISC BRAKES, FRONT: $00

(U58) DELCO-GM AM&FM STEREO RADIO: $236

(N65) SPARE TIRE, STOWAWAY: $00

(B97) SPOILER, REAR DECK: $00

(NK3) STEERING WHEEL, FORMULA: $00

(N33) STEERING WHEEL, TILT: $72

(WS6) TRANS AM SPECIAL PERFORMANCE PACKAGE: (OGP) 225/70R15WL STEEL BELT RADIAL TRS, SPECIAL HANDLING PACKAGE: $76

(55P) WHEEL COLOR GOLD: $00

(Y90) CUSTOM TRIM GROUP – VINYL: (YR1) CUSTOM VINYL BUCKET SEATS, (YS1) CUSTOM VINYL REAR SEATS, DOOR HANDLE ORNAMENTATION, (JL1) PEDAL TRIM PACKAGE, CUSTOM INTERIOR APPOINTMENTS: $99

(M33) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: $00

(Y88) SPECIAL EDITION TRANS AM: REMOVABLE GLASS ROOF PANELS, (55P) GOLD CAST ALUMINUM WHEELS, SPECIAL INTERIOR APPOINTMENTS, SPECIAL EXTERIOR APPOINTMENTS, SPECIAL STRIPES & EMBLEMS, (WW7) HOOD DECAL: $1,261

TRIM 62N SOLAR GOLD: $98

TOTAL OPTIONS: $2,577

TOTAL VEHICLE PRICE: $8,466

Assembled at GM's Norwood Ohio manufacturing facility in July of 1978, this gold Trans Am was taken right up the road to Brown Motor Sales in Toledo Ohio and promptly sold to Pamela Kudelka who has owned it for almost 34 years. The car has been immaculately maintained and features an original coat of GM code 50 Solar Gold paint on top of 100% original body panels that have never been wrinkled or repaired. Since the car has never been disassembled, it still displays completely factory accurate panel gaps that look surprisingly good and provide great panel alignment. On top of the spectacular Solar Gold paint, a set of full outlining stripes complements an awesome brown, yellow and gold screaming chicken hood decal which amps the cars visual appeal up from 'radical' to 'out of this world'.

Bright work was kept to a minimum on Special Edition Trans Ams, but there were specific trim pieces that identified these cars as something special. Up front, a straight and glossy urethane front bumper houses Special Edition Trans Am specific gold headlight inserts that sit on either side of a gold Pontiac arrow head emblem and provide Pontiacs familiar dual grille look. Behind that front bumper, the cars great looking shaker hood sits in front of a pristine original windshield that is bordered by correct option B77 black molding. Behind that windshield, correct gold tinted T-tops sit above chrome GM door handles with body matched inserts and correct brown, yellow and gold screaming chicken decals at the top of the car's rear quarters. On the front fenders, like-new brown and yellow “Trans Am” decals sit below traditional Pontiac fender vents and stainless trim spears with body matched inserts that run from the front wheel openings to the rear wheel openings. At the back of the car, correct option B89 black backlight molding borders more spotless glass and a correct T93 black tail lamp panel houses showroom fresh tail lights. Above those tail lights, a large brown, yellow and gold “Trans Am” decal occupies the car's rear spoiler, and below those tail lights correct Firebird exclusive stainless exhaust tips hang just inside of the rear tires.

Under the hood you'll find this Trans Ams all original L78 V8 which, at 400 cubic inches was the largest muscle car engine you could buy in 1978. 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. The L78 utilized Pontiacs proven “6X” head design to create a higher compression ratio and provide enough low end grunt to make this car one of the fastest pony cars on the market. At the top of the motor, an original Rochester 4 barrel carburetor sits under the cars awesome shaker scoop. Below that carburetor, original GM corporate blue paint coats the entire block and original exhaust manifolds send exhaust into a high performance factory exhaust system. All the hard parts around the motor, from the belt driven accessories to the brake booster and air conditioning hanging on the fire wall are factory original; and as expected tags, markings and stamps are just where they should be from the date coded core support to the gold painted cowl tag. The car's clean engine bay and hood are covered in a nice coat of factory satin black and there's fresh belts, fresh hoses and even a new battery.

Underneath this Trans Am, a super solid 33 year old undercarriage tells the story of years of excellent maintenance and treatment with rock solid floor pans that still display most of their factory undercoating. Behind the motor, an original 3-speed automatic transmission sends power to an original code GM8 Posi-traction rear axle that's loaded with street friendly 2.56 gears. The cars original suspension, which includes Trans Am spec sway bars, shocks and springs combines with power front disc brakes and rear drums to provide great stopping and handling. Originally equipped with a power boosting true dual exhaust system, this car now wears fresh mandrel bent aluminized pipes that run through replacement mufflers to traditional stainless Firebird tips. All of the cars hardware and bushings appear to be in good shape and out back, a new stainless fuel tank is solid and leak free. Power flows to the pavement through fresh 225/70 Firestone Firehawk radials that are wrapped around the cars original Special Edition exclusive 15 inch cast aluminum wheels.

Inside the car you'll find a stylish blend of original Camel Tan upholstery and Special Edition Trans Am exclusive gold trim. The cars original seats are comfortably firm and, carrying vinyl that is thicker than typical pony car attire, look like they should be in a much more modern, much more expensive car. Below the seats, tan carpet shows minimal wear and tear considering it's been through 33 years of Ohio winters and has likely been carefully protected by the cars rubber floor mats the whole time. Between the seats a simple Camel Tan console houses a storage bin behind the cars automatic shifter, and above the seats, a stain free headliner is stretched tight around the cars mirrored tops. In front of the driver, an excellent looking engine turned dash houses crystal clear gauges above controls for heat and air conditioning and the cars never removed Delco-GM stereo. At the sides of the seats, thick Camel Tan door panels feature bright stainless trim and chrome handles for the doors handles and windows. Connecting the driver to the road is a correct gold steering wheel with a Camel Tan rim and a correct gold screaming chicken horn button. Out back, the cars pristine trunk still has its original decals and carries the cars original spare tire.

Documents included with this sale are: the cars original window sticker, an enhanced copy of that window sticker, the cars original build sheet, an enhanced copy of that build sheet, the cars original title, the cars original owner's manual and warranty booklets, an original factory brochure and some maintenance receipts and reference materials.

One owner, investment grade pony cars from the late 70s are incredibly hard to find! This rare Special Edition 1978 Trans Am is extremely cool because it also features original paint, an original interior and a reliable numbers matching drivetrain. Take it to the Pontiac Nationals or drive it to work when the weather is nice, either way, you can't go wrong! If you're in the market for a performance car that has plenty of old school attitude AND will consistently climb in value, call today!

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