Author Topic: S.E. options  (Read 2139 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline 78trans1

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 155
  • Referrals: 0
S.E. options
« on: March 20, 2007, 04:14:07 PM »
So, i was thinkin' the other day and was wondering what further options came on S.E.'s as

supposed to a non- S.E.'s. Other than Production #s And Paint. Thanks.
"I actually like looking at other cars, they look real nice in the rear view mirror"

Offline eroc022

  • Lifetime Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7655
  • Referrals: 0
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 08:02:30 PM »
interior, wheels, cb radios, oh and the fact that you own a completely badass car
Eroc
Fixing the car that Restore A Muscle Car jacked up....

Offline Hitman

  • Administrator
  • Lifetime Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8256
  • Referrals: 0
    • http://www.78ta.com
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 08:04:53 PM »
Basically, here is what made up a "Special Edition" car:
(I will generally speak about Y82/Y84's)
The items on the list with a "*" were SE cars only.  Items without no "*" could be ordered separately on any Trans Am.
1. Black exterior paint
2. Gold Decals
3. Gold pin-stripping*
4. Sail Panel Decals* (77/78) (79/81 had 6" sail panel birds for SE cars, all others had 3" sail panel birds)
5. Gold headlight grilles*
6. Red nose emblem (77/78)(Gold Nose 78/81)
7. Gold Wheels/Rims
8. Gold Firebird wheel emblems* (78/81, red for 77/78)
9. Gold Firebird door emblems* (for cars with power windows)
10. Gold shifter emblem* (Automatic cars)
11. Gold horn button emblem*
12. Gold dash bezel*
13. Window molding blackout (trim around front and rear windows was painted black instead of chrome)

So, as you can see from the list above, it was all about looks. The "Special Edition" package was nothing more than a "appearance" package.  It had nothing to do with power options, engine, transmission, suspension, etc., ..... just looks.  This was just off the top of my head, I may come back and revise this if I remember anything else.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2007, 08:06:30 PM by Hitman »
Brett Campbell
"Hitman"
www.78ta.com
www.ohiofirebirds.com
www.tanationals.com
1978 Trans Am

Offline 78trans1

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 155
  • Referrals: 0
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2007, 03:09:04 PM »
Yeah.... interesting in the fact that is was only an apperance package. You would think they

would add some ponies above the regular trans am. Just for s&g, how much more money was

involved if the consumer would have gone to an S.E.? Taking into consideration the both

had equal options, but one extended into S.E. options. One last thing, was the gold steering

wheel spokes exclusive to S.E.? And i thought you could have a cb in a regular trans am. I find

that the history of automobiles is sometimes more fascinating than the car itself.

Thanks Eroc. Thanks Hitman. ;)
"I actually like looking at other cars, they look real nice in the rear view mirror"

Offline Hitman

  • Administrator
  • Lifetime Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8256
  • Referrals: 0
    • http://www.78ta.com
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2007, 08:37:06 PM »
Yes, the gold on the steering wheel spokes was only for an SE ( I forgot that one).  I think the SE option in 1977 was about $438... roughly.  I will look up the exact price a little later.
Brett Campbell
"Hitman"
www.78ta.com
www.ohiofirebirds.com
www.tanationals.com
1978 Trans Am

Offline 79 S E W72

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 103
  • Referrals: 0
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2007, 11:34:15 PM »
   Did pontiac discontinue the gold spoke steering wheel halfway through the 1980 model year?

Offline Hitman

  • Administrator
  • Lifetime Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 8256
  • Referrals: 0
    • http://www.78ta.com
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2007, 11:40:04 PM »
I think it was 1981 when the gold was no longer on the steering wheel.  I don't have an exact date though.
Brett Campbell
"Hitman"
www.78ta.com
www.ohiofirebirds.com
www.tanationals.com
1978 Trans Am

Offline 78trans1

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 155
  • Referrals: 0
Re: S.E. options
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2007, 04:15:57 PM »
I think your rough estimate is good enough and like i said before, Interesting... :)
"I actually like looking at other cars, they look real nice in the rear view mirror"