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1978 Pontiac Trans Am

Technical specifications of Pontiac Trans Am 1978

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Item location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Make: Pontiac
Model: Trans Am
Type: Coupe
Year: 1978
Mileage: 80000
VIN: 2W87Z8N117098
Color: Silver
Engine size: 6.6 Liter 400 cu in.
Number of cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clean
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Car description

The Background

For Sale is a restored 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. This vehicle was purchased from Page Pontiac in Hempstead, NY on 10/31/1977. The vehicle was driven and garaged by my late grandfather in Island Park, NY until I purchased it in September of the year 2000. This car has been my pride for the last 19 years and, as an aircraft mechanic and engineer, I have had a lot of fun marveling at this great piece of American engineering. It is a unique vehicle; I have not seen another Trans Am that is optioned this way and without the Firebird decal on the hood the aerodynamic architecture of the body can be appreciated without distraction. I have enjoyed this car but I feel it is time to move on as I would like to use the money to fund other projects in my life and, so, I have decided to pass it to someone who may enjoy it as I did.

The Business

Please see the spreadsheet in the images, it list the maintenance performed on the vehicle. The body has undergone restoration and the engine has been rebuilt. The vehicle is numbers matching and rust-free. In the spreadsheet, I have listed the parts that have been replaced by me or a professional shop, and I have receipts for the buyer as well. I'm happy to provide additional photographs of restoration work upon request. The upgrades performed to the car have been chosen modestly so as not to upset reliability, yet they are a significant improvement towards driver experience. The original engine has been rebuilt with slightly over-sized cylinders, a high flow exhaust, and mild camshaft for additional low end torque. I will also include several pieces of Pontiac literature; perhaps most importantly an original paperback version of the Pontiac Factory Service Manual which will tell you everything you'd ever need to know about this machine. Mechanically, the vehicle is sound; It runs well, and it looks great. You can expect to receive looks and compliments when you drive.


Vehicle 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM (L78)
Mileage 80,000 Chassis, 10,000 Engine
VIN 2W87Z8N117098
VIN Decode 2 = Pontiac
W = Firebird Trans Am
87 = 2 Door Coupe
Z = Engine Code (6.6L Pontiac)
8 = Last Digit Model Year
N = Norwood, OH Assembly Plant
117098 = Conseutive Sequence Number
Options Air Conditioning
Elec Rear Window Defrost
Soft Ray Glass- All Windows
Lamp Group
Power Steering
Power Door Locks
Power Windows
Radio Accomodation Package
Tilt Steering Wheel
Font Disc Brakes, Rear Drum Brakes
Cast Aluminum Wheels
Custom Vinyl Trim Group
GR70X15 WL Stl. Tires
2 Product Under Coating
Anchor Lock
Motor Vin Code Z (Pontiac 6.6L 400 Cu In)
Engine ID: YA (6.6 L 180 HP 325 lb ft)
Drivetrain GM TH350 3 Speed Automatic
2.41 Rear End
Safe-T Trac (posi-traction)
Transmission ID 028n117098
Engine ID 28n117098


The vehicle has been driven and so has some minor imperfections here and there. There is a scrape on the rear bumper, and some interior details to be taken care of. The driver seat has some stitching that is torn, and the vehicle needs a new rear defrost switch installed. The Air Conditioning has been removed so that the engine bay could be more neatly maintained. The original air conditioning parts are available.

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