The Trans Am was a modified and upgraded variant of the Pontiac Firebird series produced between 1969 and 2002 by General Motors. The typical treatment given to the base model would include improved handling, suspension and engine power, as well as cosmetic additions such as special wheels, hoods and spoilers.
During its production years, four distinct generations of the two-door Trans Am model were produced. Body style, however, remained unchanged in either its coupe or convertible form. The example presented here is from the second generation produced from 1970 to 1981.
Available in 1978 with either a 400 or 403 cubic inch V8 engine, the 220 hp Trans Am fitted with four-speed manual transmission was capable of 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. Popular among collectors, models from this year benefited from a 10% increase in power provided by an alternative cylinder head.