Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Gold Edition
1978 marked the only year of production for the Trans Am Gold Edition, and as such it is viewed as highly collectible today. More rare in many ways than any other Trans Am produced, this model combined all the most desirable options from the engine to the interior amenities. Basically the reverse color combination of the black “Bandit” cars, the Gold Special Editions could be easily identified on the cowl data tag by the factory designation code of Y-88. The Solar Gold paint scheme was discontinued that model year and replaced with the Black only option.
Complete with the gold Snowflake wheels and color-matched head lamp liners, the Gold Edition Trans Am was immediately recognizable and an instant collectible. Very few examples were delivered with the four-speed manual transmission, as most cars were equipped with the standard automatic transmission. When considering all of these unique rarities, one can see why Milton Robson would have such an outstanding example of the Solar Gold Special Edition Trans Ams.
The Gold Edition Trans Am from the Robson Collection is an excellent example that shows just 15,000 miles from new. Finished in the Anniversary Solar Gold paint scheme, it is actually rarer than the well-known black “Bandit” Trans Am models that are so desirable today. Making it even rarer is the fact that this particular T-Top example was delivered new with Factory-installed air conditioning, the optional W-72 engine and four-speed manual transmission.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
220 hp, optional W-72 400 cu. in. engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent front suspension with live rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108"
Source: RM Auctions
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