1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – Near the end of the 1970s, what the muscle car world possessed was only a legacy from previous years. Shadows of the new regulations regarding the control of exhaust emissions, soaring oil prices, and the cost of stratospheric insurance, forced car makers to hold back the engine capacity of their cars.
But that did not happen to Pontiac. At that time Pontiac Trans Am was climbing the ladder of popularity. Thanks to its contribution in the Smokey and the Bandit films. Instead of reducing its engine power, Pontiac actually increased its Trans Am power output in 1978 from 200hp to 220hp.
For this type, it gets special development with the WS6 package. This package includes a sport suit suspension, 8 inches wide wide new wheels, and a more responsive steering wheel. The result is that the Pontiac Trans Am can be faster and easier to control on the track compared to the Chevy Corvette.
Little facts to know about 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
The Pontiac T-top roof that was the first choice in 1976 is similar to what buyers can get on the Trans Am convertible. This liftable roof was originally made by Hurst and is known as the Hurst Hatch. This roof is very cool, unfortunately they leaked.
This prompted Pontiac to develop a better T-top Roof assisted by GM’s Fisher. This new model was launched in mid 1978. This is why some 1978 production Firebirds have Hurst T-tops and others have a Fisher model roof.
We can see the difference easily, because Fisher’s glass roof panels are wider than the Hurst Hatch.
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