Editor’s note: This piece is part of the ClassicCars.com Journal’s Muscle Month. We’ll be featuring stories, muscle cars and people during July about everything and anything that goes fast.
A year younger than the one driven by Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, and in the less-familiar color of Mayan Red, the Pick of the Day is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in apparently preserved condition.
The paint scheme on this Trans Am looks more-subdued than the vibrant black-with-gold-trim version made famous by the Bandit as he fled Sheriff Buford T. Justice. To my eye, the color also serves to better highlight the car’s styling, which was changed just slightly for this model year.
Yes, that big flaming eagle is squawking on the hood (less-positive folk refer to it as a screaming chicken), and the Firebird comes equipped with a T-top roof. The T-top was built by Hurst, according to the Lincoln, Nebraska, dealer advertising the Trans Am on ClassicCars.com, which means the car was produced in the early part of the model year, as the roof manufacturer was changed during the 1978 run.
Although the dealer doesn’t say as much, this seems to be an unrestored original car that shows just under 53,800 miles on the odometer. The dealer does say the Trans Am is numbers matching and with Pontiac Historical Services documentation.
The car is powered, then, by its original 400cid V8, which was rated at 220 horsepower, hooked up with an automatic transmission. The car is fully equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power steering and brakes, rear-window defroster, “deluxe red interior” and 15-inch Pontiac Snowflake wheels shod with BF Goodrich tires.
“It drives straight and smooth,” the dealer says in the ad. “The Pontiac engine runs like a Swiss watch. A nice rumble comes from the dual exhaust that lets everyone know you are driving something special.”
This era Trans Am was on the upswing in the classic car market for a few years there, so this one seems reasonably priced at $24,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.