1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Real W72 car loaded with options


Year 1978
Make Pontiac
Model Firebird Trans Am
Engine and transmission
Engine Type V8
Engine Size 400 cui
Estimated HP aprox 240 hp
Heads original
Carburetor 4 bbl
Intake Original 4 bbl
Ignition Electronic
Transmission Type Automatic
Transmission Spec Turbo hydrom
Exhaust Type Dual with tips
Muffler Type original style
Interior Color Black
Seating Type Buckets
Seat Material Vinyl
Shifter Type Floorshifter with console
Restoration Status Survivor Resto
Awards Summary
Body Style Coupe
Doors 2
Body Color Black
Paint type Single stage
Stripes Factory stripes
Front Suspension Type Stockstyle with shocks
Rear Suspension Type Leafs with shocks
Axle Specification Pontiac T Track axle
Wheels Snowflake Alu
Front Brakes Discs
Rear Brakes
Miscellaneous The car comes with PHS documentation, a factory original build sheet and all correct tags and vin codes. This car, like all PTTM quality cars, has received a complete check-up and engine and drivetrain tests, everything is in great shape and the car is ready to be enjoyed once it is on our showroom floor!
Bodywork & Trim


Original 400 cui ( 6.6 litre) L78, with W72 performance package V8 with all its correct factory components and details. The engine was checked and serviced in our garage and is in very healthy condition !.



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This gorgeous 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans am 6.6 litres V8 with the RARE L72 package ! in the best color combination and LOADED with special factory additional options and of course the famous Hurst T.Top !. 


The car has all its options correct to its build sheet and PHS documents that come with the car. The car is a true WS4 Trans am and is also equipped with the rare Hurst T.Top roof and of course the only engine could want in 1978 the famous L72 400cui Performance V8, with the W72 additional performance package, also called the last real Trans am engine which was a true performance engine and had close to 50HP and loads of torque more than the base L78 and the engine was build better and stronger than its base form.

The W72 performance package V8 was a special engine that had a special treatment and was build by hand picked engine builders in the engine plant and these engines were just stronger, faster and better than the base L78 6.6 litre, let alone the 403 cui Buick engines that was also sold in 1978.  Its a bit comparable with production of the famous, one year only (1973) Super duty 455 V8's that Pontiac produced and sold in the Trans am's and Formula's in that year and which are very valuable and highly sought after in today's markets and are valued and sold for well over the 150-200k marker.

The Super duty was also a special developed engine, and was much stronger and more powerful that the base 455, and in some ways the W72 was build with that same goal in mind and there also a rare find with Only around 4000 W72 performance engined Trans am's were produced in 1978, which is just around 2 % of the total production that year !, thats even less than the production % of the famous Superduty. But this car also is equipped with many other special options as you can see in the option list below.  

The black paint and gold stripes, wheels and hood bird makes it stand out and look just like the Bandit in the famous movie Smoky and the bandit. This combined with all its original extra factory options makes it a car that will get you thumbs up everywhere you will take it and be the star of every car show you want to attend.

All in all this is one hot and very desirable Bird, as its price tag when it was new was higher than most Trans am's we have ever seen. Its original owner knew exactly what he wanted and ordered his car at the dealership of Milt Miller in Ohio to his personal liking and when the order sheet was complete this car was more rare and expensive than the SE cars and Gold Edition trans am's. He ordered his car and even included the Gold Snowflake alu wheels, but with some personal touches and additional options and that just might make this car rarer than any other. The car is also an original gold stripe car according to the build sheet. 

The car is in very original condition and the odometer shows 80k miles which we believe are the cars original miles judging at his original condition and all original interior and the cars overall and technical sound condition. It was repainted in the factory style black color recently and all new original decals were added to make the car look great up until today. The complete drivetrain is also original to the car with all the correct details and what we believe are the original date codes and VIN stamps. We also have reasons to believe this is a genuine two owner car as the first owner lived in the same area as the dealership who sold him the car. 

The body and chassis are rock solid and rust free and the paint and decals are in very good condition and the T.Tops fit perfect and don't leak opposed to many other T/A's we have seen. All in all this car is a beauty and its very rare, it might well be one of a handful ever produced cars with these option combination.

So this car you see here is a very desirable Trans am in the best possible color combination you could want and better yet, it's all proven and correct to the fact that it comes with its factory original build sheet, its original cowl tag and additional PHS documentation to prove its pedigree. This makes the car very desirable and collectible as not many Trans am's come with that. There are more black and gold Bandit style trans am in the market today that are faked and clones than genuine original cars, so be aware of that. 

The second and later generations Pontiac Trans am's are amongst the best driving and handling muscle cars around, and even in today's modern day and age these Trans am's hold their own and just feel fresh and very comfortable. The are just great cars to have and to drive and enjoy especially with the Hurst T.Tops removed and the airco blowing cold as that makes the drive feel extra special. 

The fact that this car was also ordered with the W72 performance engine package makes it an even more special car and its much more powerful than its base T/A brothers and sisters. This was truly one of the last real classic American V8 muscle cars and besides the Bandit aspect that gave such great popularity on these cars, the W 72 cars are real icons on there own and a dying breed after 1978 when the 6.6 liter was replaced with a turbo engine or a baby V8. 


So If you are looking for a great and iconic car, then don't look any further as this Trans am has it all. And besides all its options and great details this car also drives and handles great and still has great power to make this car a genuine Muscle car. And whilst prices of these genuine original 77/78 Trans am's are going through the roof this car is still priced very interesting and leaves room for your investment to grow in years to come as we believe there prices won't go down, but only up and up. just as the have done in the past decade. 

A WALK AROUND VIDEO AND MORE PICTURES AND DETAILS OF THIS CAR WILL FOLLOW SOON !, but if you like to get some information ahead, or make an exclusive reservation, please dont hesitate to contact our sales. 


Some of the cars huge factory option list: 


  • L 78 400cui V8 performance engine.
  • Automatic transmission.
  • Hurst T.tops!
  • D55 Front floor console

  • Tinted glass.
  • Power windows!
  • Custom seats
  • Power steering.
  • Power brakes.
  • Front disc brakes.
  • YJ8 15 inch Snowflake alu wheels!
  • Gold edition wheels
  • C60 Air conditioning!
  • Tilt Steering wheel
  • C49 Rear window defogger
  • Y90 Custom interior trim package
  • WW7 Hood decal
  • Y92 Lamp group
  • G80 Safe T.Track axle
  • DU5 3.23 perf.gear ratio
  • L72 Performance package
  • Gold bird and stripes
  • And more !

    But if you like additional information ahead then please contact our sales! If there are details on the car you want to change or add some personal details, we can assist you with that no problem!

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