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1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am DKM Macho



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1978 Pontiac

Firebird Trans Am DKM Macho



Engine Size
400 V8
4 Speed Manual
76,014 (Unknown)
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The story of Dennis and Kyle Mecham and the Macho T/As that their shop, DKM, turned out in the late 1970s is definitely worth knowing if you're a Pontiac fan. Building on the legacy of guys like Carroll Shelby and Don Yenko, they took factory-fresh Trans Am's like this 1978 example, and added performance and styling that was sorely lacking during the height of the emissions era. Only a handful were built, and this is the only one in this particular color combination. Forget standard "Bandit" Trans Am's, the Macho T/A is where it's at!

Special ordered in Starlight Black with blue and silver stripes, this Trans Am is going to turn a lot of heads every time you take it out. The Macho T/A typically came with gold or red stripes, but a single California buyer opted for this stunning combination and it works as well today as it did back then. Given a frame-on restoration in 2013, it's in extremely nice condition overall, with all the original DKM body pieces intact and the stripes now buried under the clear for an impossible shine. As a treasured piece of history, this car has obviously led a pretty easy life despite its added performance, and extraordinary efforts were used to preserve all the irreplaceable DKM equipment. The result is a car that looks factory-fresh but stands apart from all the other Trans Am's out there, and if you know the story, it makes this car insanely appealing and collectible.

The DKM guys did their magic inside the Trans Am as well, installing a custom center console with serial number plaque (this is car #106), a special steering wheel button, and other touches that reminded new owners that this car is something special. The interior was completely restored, including new seat covers, carpets, and door panels, and the original console and dash were repaired since replacements are impossible to source today. Bright engine-turned panels frame the factory gauges, and yes, that's a Hurst shifter for the 4-speed manual, an unusual feature because this was originally a California car and the Pontiac 400 cubic inch V8 wasn't emissions-legal in CA (DKM worked around it by selling the cars as "used"). It also includes factory A/C and power windows, but it was originally ordered without a radio and that's how it remains today. In back, the trunk is correctly detailed with a space-saver spare and restored jack assembly.

Horsepower was in short supply in 1978, so the DKM guys did their own tune-up on the Pontiac's 400 cubic inch V8, including an upgraded carburetor, custom timing, and a set of Hooker exhaust headers, which, in this California car's case, were delivered in the trunk where they remain today. The engine is detailed correctly with a big blue scoop up top and Pontiac Turquoise engine below, and all the finishes, wiring, and decals are correct. It's backed by a 4-speed manual transmission, making it a blast to drive, and the new exhaust system sounds fantastic. Correct red oxide primer on the floors, reproduction decals, and other small things make the chassis stand out, and obviously this Macho T/A's restoration was a labor of love. Factory "snowflake" wheels are fitted with reproduction 225/70/15 Goodyears to give it that perfect 1978 look.

Heavily documented with known ownership history to Day One, this one-of-a-kind piece of Pontiac history is like finding a previously undiscovered Shelby Mustang. With an awesome story behind it, this Macho T/A deserves a place in the finest Pontiac collection. Call today!

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Defrost
  • Front Disc Brakes
  • Heat
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Locks
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Seatbelts (Front)
  • Seatbelts (Rear)
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Vinyl Interior
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  • Dealer Invoice
  • Factory Buildsheet
  • Original Bill of Sale
  • Owner's Manual
  • Reproduction Window Sticker
  • Title Documentation
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Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
Power Drum
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