The interior has been kept fresh by the addition of new carpeting and correct color seat covers. Units produced: 26 in 1976, 200 in 1977, 202 plus 2 others changed after purchase in 78 including 8 with Turbo engine, 200 in 1979 including 22 with Turbo engine. How many have been wrecked? Visual appearance was also changed. In 1978, General Motors produced 93,341 Trans Ams. So, with that being said, i dont know what a good price for it would be. Attention was paid to how the car was originally delivered to the original owner. I think he may have even already performed some of the work to implement some of the upgrades and then lost interest in the project.
Any and all differences must be addressed prior to the sale of this vehicle. The owner is the caretaker of a piece of Pontiac history. If oil sloshed away from the dry-sump oil pick-up in the oil pan, a valve opened up and oil surged into the engine to fill any gaps in oil pressure. A friend of mine looked at the car and determined that it was a real '77 but had been wrecked and rebuilt and that it had the wrong wheels. Pleased with their new purchase, the Martinsons put in a little seat time with their new Pontiac. I guess the dealer knew better. Other matching parts include the carb, distributor, etc.
The final touch was to modify the hood scoop to make it functional, allowing the engine to breath in the cold, dense, high-pressure air at the base of the windshield. In addition, the speedometer was calibrated to 160mph and up to 8000rpm tachometer. These were probably a later addition and were not part of the original Macho package. If you want to do a little research you will find road tests and track tests of the Macho Trans Am's in Hot Rod magazine July 1978, Motor Trend magazine June 1978, and Autoweek magazine February 3rd 1978. Sales of the warmed-up Firebirds soared to 204 units. How many look like this? From all of the digging I can find it is 4 of 6 made. Only 3 are known to still exist.
The engine is the numbers matching engine that came with the car and was reportedly rebuilt recently. The owner of this car will need to practice receiving compliments and taking photos. One car trudged on, trying to fly the flag of the glory days of muscular presence on the showroom floor. Koni shocks, retempered front springs to dial in a little forward rake by 1. The engine has been properly broken in and has about 400 miles on the rebuild.
From then until 2007, its ownership and location information is sketchy at best, fortified by rumors passed around the hobby. As part of the mechanical upgrades, the carburetor was dialed in with jet and metering-rod changes and other adjustments; the distributor was blueprinted and recurved for 32-36 degrees total timing all in by 2,500 rpm; the Shaker was opened up; and Hooker headers, twin pipes with a crossover, and dual cats were installed. Pages highlighting differences in decals, rims, interiors and more. Well looks like we might as well stuff that pounched out 455 in her and make a mean ride. In fact, it would've lived on for many more years had Pontiac not installed the 301 in the Trans Am--an engine that simply didn't have the latent potential that the 400 and 455s had. Their dad, Evan, was a Phoenix-area Pontiac dealer, and beginning in 1977, the brothers would take delivery of new Trans Ams, make some modifications, and sell them back as used cars to Mecham Pontiac, where they would then be sold to the public. Production continued in 1979 where both the 400 and 403 versions of the Trans Am received the modifications required for a Macho Trans Am.
The purchaser or prospective purchaser should verify with the Seller the accuracy of all the information listed within this ad. At first I thought they just had goofy graphics, but the more I learned about the history of the cars, the more I liked them. It is in unmolested original condition and is almost flawless. Seller assumes no responsibility for repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle. I have an opportunity to get a 1980 turbo macho trans am from its original owner. No looking for parts, no turning wrenches—just hit the key and you get an instant smile. Runs and Drives like a performance car dream.
Its taken many a pink slip. The shaker was again functional. According to the article, a stock four-speed 48-state Trans Am ran 15. The owners kid broke the key off in the ignition I guess years ago so I changed the ignition switch, changed the oil, checked the fluids and threw a battery in it, poured a little gas in the carb and it fired right up. Once the work was completed on the Macho machine, it was shipped to Reno for delivery. Production number 90 of the 204 made is in fully restored form through.
Some may not be a big fan of the red and white paint scheme, but it certainly sets this car apart from the other Trans Ams of the era. Best of lust to the seller I hope the car finds a good home! No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Maybe they just did it custom for each person who ordered a car and didn't even have or follow a scheme. Production of these cars continued through 1979, when both the Pontiac 400 cars and Oldsmobile 403 motors were similarly modified. Got to drive and ride in quite a few. Each one performed differently depending on what options you ordered.
Well, I guess I was wrong. How many actually come up for sale? I decided this was a suitable alternative. I'll get some pics in a couple of weeks after it comes out of storage. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. I love these cars but not this one! Mecham's warmed up 'birds have attracted a cult following among collectors who fondly remember the days when clothing and furniture manufacturers were vying with the Bee Gees to see who could sell the most vinyl. A true investment collectible vehicle.