This Macho TA recently underwent a nice restoration
and really shows how great these paint schemes can look on one of
these TAs. Kenneth writes:
"Hello, I would like to update your site for 1978
Macho Trans Am #171. I recently purchased this car from Dennis
Rosenthal Dec.6th 2008. As Dennis writes this is a very strong
Macho! For anyone who has not seen the video of this car, you need
to. The car is as seen in the video. I purchased the car from Dennis
and drove it back to its new home in Virginia. Put 700 miles on the
car with no problems. Car cruises fantastic in the 75-80 MPH range
and was a constant head turner on the trip home. Will send new
photos this Spring. Thanks for a great website."
The previous owner wrote:
"This is a well documented matching numbers car with
only 71,000 original miles. Color combo is white with red accents
and interior. Options include PS, PB, AC, PW, PL, PT. WS6, rear
defrost, Tilt, Deluxe velour interior, Fisher t-tops. Documented
with PHS, build sheet, copies of old titles, Mecham Pontiac records
and receipts. Car still has its original DKM installed headers,
shaker, console plate, h-pipe, converters, and most exhaust. This
car is unusual as it is one of only a few (3 known) in '78 to have
the roof painted in its accent color (similar to an RS Camaro)
instead of the typical stripes just around the windows, (other known
cars with painted roofs are #173 and #178); also rare are the fisher
T-Tops as Mecham preferred a hardtop car.. While most cars used
Carmine as an accent color, original accent color on this car was
Firethorn red. This car appears to be the same color combo as the
car featured in the October issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines.
Engine in this car is the numbers matching original engine as
installed by Pontiac and appears to have never been out or apart.
Other matching parts include the carb, distributor, etc... Car runs
great, has good power, trans shifts crisp and firm, car drives well.
This cars runs and drives as Dennis Mecham intended, it spins tires
at will and car runs easily up to speed as a performance car should.
The car has not been registered since 2001 in Arizona and still
wears its AZ tags, and as such has not been driven very much. This
does not seem to be an issue as the car is a blast to drive. Macho
TA's are the only 70's version of the now famous dealer tuner cars
of the 60's, Yenko, Berger, Baldwin Motion, Nicki, Royal Bobcat, Mr
Great movie of #171. (62Mb download)
He also created a website for #171 which can be seen here:
1978 Macho TA #171
Webmasters Note: The last picture in this set is a vintage pic of
#171 sitting on the Mecham dealership in Glendale, Az.
Ken & Kathy Moody also own 1980 Macho Turbo Trans Am #6 see over at
the DKM Lots #8.