Macho Macho Man: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The Pontiac Firebird was the result of GM killing John Z DeLorean’s Corvette hunting Banshee, with Pontiac getting a corporate cousin version of the Camaro. From the ashes of the Banshee, the Firebird arose and it has always been special, but today’s version was turned up to 11 by a dealership in Arizona that created something they called the “Macho T/A”. The W72 6.6 liter engine was bumped up to 250 horsepower and Koni shocks were added for improved handling. The price for today’s “Macho” machine might be a bit high, but the cool factor is off the charts. Find this 1978 Pontiac Trans Am offered for $30,000 in Coto de Caza, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1978 pontiac trans am
condition: good
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 90000
paint color: blue
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: coupe


One of only 204 Macho Trans Ams built by brothers Dennis and Kyle Mecham in 1978, the Macho T/A is a legend in Pontiac, Firebird and collector circles. Beginning with the 1977 model year, Pontiac only offered the 400 CI V-8 engine in the Trans Am, with 1976 marking the last year the ferocious 455 CI V-8 would be available, and this was something the Mecham brothers wanted to address. The Macho Trans Am was still the most powerful American performance machine available in 1977, and by rejetting the stock Quadrajet carburetor, changing the distributor’s curve, opening up the sealed shaker hood scoop for increased airflow to the factory airbox, and adding Hooker Headers and a 2.5-inch dual exhaust system with a crossover tube and two catalytic converters, the business end of the Macho T/A was done. The result was a Trans Am with a lot more spirit than the factory edition, a car nestled between the monstrous 455 and current 400.

To further the performance prowess of the Macho T/A, the Mechams installed 60 series tires, replaced the factory shocks with Koni adjustables and dropped the front end by about 1.5 inches, all of which conspired to improve the already capable handling that Pontiac’s Trans Am was well known for. This is Macho T/A No. 101, complete with a matching-numbers W72 400 CI V-8 engine that was rebuilt using a Ram Air IV camshaft. Retaining the original automatic transmission, this WS6 Handling Package-equipped Macho T/A also features a Positraction rear end, T-tops and original sheet metal, and it is believed to have covered only 90,660 miles since new. Documented with the DKM production sheet, this rare piece of Trans Am history presents in beautiful condition with a striking blue and white color combination that commands attention like no other. What would anyone expect from a car whose name is Macho?

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