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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

eBay Listing: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am

Certain American made cars become iconic, usually due to their design features, styling, or power. And the iconic classic America cars put out by G.M. include 1957 Chevrolets, 1959 Cadillac’s, 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split windows, and 1969 Camaro’s. There are many other cars not mentioned here no doubt, but those designs that stand the test of time have the unique expression of what can be achieved by putting pencil to paper. All of these iconic G.M. cars scream “America!”

Another car that does so is the subject of today’s article, which is the second generation Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am built from 1970-1981. It was “THE” car to have in the 1970’s, especially after it was featured in the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit.” In the television show “That 70’s Show,” the scripts occasionally included lines like “I love the Trans-Am!” and “Everybody does…” Why does “everybody” love the Trans-Am? It might be the low-slung road hugging body style, or its racing pedigree. Or, it might be that so many were featured in television and films.

1978 pontiac firebird trans am

But in this case, it is all of the above and one a single ballsy or bold design feature, the Phoenix graphic on the hood of the car. It is just such a cool idea to put a graphic of a mythological creature above the power plant surrounding a functional hood scoop. American automobiles of the past have often been defined by power, styling, and design features. The Trans-Am at certain points in its existence usually had two of the three or more, which says a lot for that now extinct brand name.

Today’s feature car is a 1978 Trans Am that is circa Smokey and the Bandit cars, which were 1977 Trans Am’s. It also has wheels from an automotive parts company Year One and a four-speed manual transmission. The listing details that the car has plenty of new parts and according to the seller, “Motor and transmission which were freshly redone due to the car sitting for about 15 years.” What caught our eye about this car was the clean lines of the deep black paint which appears new as the ad describes, and the well documented pictures which show the overall condition of the car.

1978 pontiac firebird trans am

Barely used at 47,000 miles

The Collector Car Price Tracker shows a 1977 through 1979 Trans Am in “excellent” condition can sell for more than $19,000. 302 Trans Ams were sold on eBay since April with an average selling price of $8,138.

The Haggerty price guides list the 1978 Pontiac Firebird- Trans Am depending on the specification of the vehicle, and condition of the car from a low of $3,850 to a high of $52,000.

Click the link to bid on this beautiful 1978 Pontiac Trans Am

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  1. George Arland July 16, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    1967 was the first year for pontiac’s firebird

    • Neil Helfgot July 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply

      While I do realize 1967 was the first year for the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, In this article I chose to focus on the later models of the Trans-Am because while the early models paved the way, the later models of the Firebird or Trans Am deserve to be recognized as well.

  2. Thomas Hawn July 16, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply


  3. 1967 July 16, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

    nice car.

  4. Efrain Alicea Rivera July 16, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply

    PontiacFire bird Trans Am 1978

  5. John July 17, 2013 at 7:04 am Reply

    67 was the first year for the firebird but the Trans Am was introduced in 1969.

  6. Brian Campbell July 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm Reply
    This is my 1978 Special edition for sale, I believe one of the most beautiful cars built in the 70’s!

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