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Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (1978)

Made famous in 1977 by the movie "Smokey and the Bandit," the black and gold version of this muscle car boosted Pontiac's sales enormously in 1978. 93,341 Firebirds were produced.

The Trans Am burns 5.4 gallons of gasoline per hour. Visibility is good. Most models feature a t-top.


Subassemblies: Body +3, 4 wheels +0.

Powertrain: 135-kW wheeled drivetrain with 135-kW standard gasoline engine, 2,000-kWs lead acid battery.

Fuel: 21 gallons gasoline (Fire 11).

Occupancy: 1 NCS, 3 NPS.

Cargo: ? cf.


Armor F RL B T U

All: 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5



Body: Receive-only radio; 4-man environmental control.



Size: 16.4'x6.1'x4.1' Payload: 0.46 tons Lwt.: 1.87 tons

Volume: 272 cf. Maint.: 163 hours Price: $15,058


HT: 12. HPs: 190 Body, 40 each Wheel.


gSpeed: 109 gAccel: 7 gDecel: 10 gMR: 0.75 gSR: 4

Ground Pressure High. 1/6 Off-Road speed.


Design Notes:

Body is 272 cf; wheels are 27 cf. Structure is Light, Standard. Armor is cheap metal. Mechanical controls. Empty weight is 3,607 lbs. List price for a 1978 model was $5,450.


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2008 by Jim Antonicic