The 1978 Pontiac Firebird, Formula & Trans Am
This 1978 Firebird Formula is owned by John and Sandra Bledsoe of Kenner, LA.
"Build date 9/77. Bought new in Gloucester, VA in 10/77 by a woman who traded a 1969 Ford Torino in on it. She kept this car until 1998, and it saw 2 more owners until I purchased it off of eBay in May of 2004. Since I've had it it now has an all-new white Deluxe interior (seats, door panels, rear seat side and sail panels and new black carpet). This is one of only 24,346 Formulas sold in 1978 (compare that to 93,351 Trans Ams!).
This car is a bit of an odd duck as far as options go, for example: it has the big L78 400 engine, but it has the standard idiot-light Firebird dash (the rally guages, believe it or not, was actually an option on the Formula back in those days). It has power windows but no power locks. It has cruise, delay wipers and A/C... but no tilt wheel. But to me, this oddity actually adds to its desirablilty. This car is all original numbers-matching, with the exception of a Holley 4 barrel carb and straight dual exhausts.
While the Formula may not never be as popular or desirable as the Trans Am, us Formula owners are a very proud and devoted bunch, and I'm proud to have a shining example of what some affectionately refer to as "The Forgotten Firebird".
Matt Krawczynski owns this amazing, low-mileage Martinique Blue TA. Matt
"Here are pictures of my 48K Martinique Blue ’78 Trans Am W72, 4SPD, WS6 car for your gallery."
Matt Krawcyznski Chicago, IL
Doug Budrow owns this red '78 Trans Am. Doug writes:
"I bought this car in August, 2007 from a guy in New Hampshire. I trailered the car home, and did a few things to make it drive-able. It has a Pontiac 400 engine and Turbo 350 automatic transmission. In October of 2007 I gave the car to a local body shop for a frame-on restoration. There was not a lot of rot on the car, but where there was new sheet metal was welded in. A new dash cover, new seat skins, new sound system and engine upgrades were added. The car was then repainted to its original color, Buccaneer Red. I got the car back from the shop in April 2008. Since then I have been taking it to a lot of local shows where it has won several awards. The car is an ongoing project, and I am constantly doing things to make the car even nicer."