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Offline bobg

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1978 trans am se w72 value
« on: November 16, 2007, 07:32:42 AM »
Hi everyone,

I am looking at a 1978 trans am SE Y88 W72 factory 4 speed.The car is gold with black interior. The car has 60,000 miles, the body is solid, except for a few spots of surface rust here and there and 2 small holes near the front of the rear wheels.The frame and floors are solid and the paint is fair. The previous owner did put a sun roof in it, but he does have the piece he cut out. He wants $3200 for the car. Does anyone know what the average worth of this car is.Sorry I don't have pics.
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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 08:00:11 AM »
If its a documented SE car, you had better go buy the car before the guy comes off his high!

SE W72s are skyrocketing right now, and for a well preserved or restored version of the same car, you could pay nearly 10 times that much!
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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 08:16:22 AM »
If its a true Y88 then the price is really good.

I would question the pedigree though as the Y88's weren't built w/o T-Tops which doesn't leave much room for a sunroof. Perhaps the roof has been transplanted from a donor car???

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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 11:23:55 AM »
BUY THAT CAR NOW!   :o

What I would suggest, (and I'm sure others here will agree), make it a solid roof for the value...   Or, look for a donor car with a fisher t-top roof (the larger t-tops) and as long as the roof and the glass are in good condition, do a roof swap.  Then you'll have a Y-88 t-top car.  :)

You could always contact Hitman and send him detailed photos and talk to him about a restoration, he restores TA's for a living and his work is absolutely beautiful.  http://www.taspecialties.com/resto/restore.htm

That's my 80' TA on the top left which is currently being brought back from the dead..

I will say this, you found a diamond in the ruff, hurry up and buy that car before the seller gets wind of the actual value of the car.  Making it a hard top and restoring it would bring that car up into the $30k area.  Doing a roof swap with a t-top car and a restoration could bring it up into the upper $30's and low to mid $40's..

The important thing to consider is that it's a genuine SE car, no matter what.

Scott


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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007, 11:59:59 AM »
You should get the PHS report on the car to verify it's a true Y88, but regardless... $3200. is a good price.
If it is, someone also changed the interior as a Y88 would have a camel tan interior.

A restored Y88 would have good value though the above estimates seem a bit too high.
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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007, 12:29:05 PM »
I thought all Y88's were t-top cars?

At least I don't recall ever seeing a hardtop Y88.

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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007, 12:33:04 PM »
Yep, tripped on my tounge there.  I misread the Y88 as being Y84, and still managed to miss out on the sunroof. ::)

I've seen very nice Y88s trade hands anywhere from the high 20k to low 30k range depending on drivetrain options.
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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007, 01:06:25 PM »
I also do not recall Y88 having black interrior, I that they were all gold/tan gold spoke wheel and gold dash bezel. Make sure it is a true Y88.
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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 01:24:11 PM »
Conrad,

Supposedly you could order Y88's with interiors other than the camel tan. Reported examples have included black and (egad) red interiors. I think Joe Bays' website outlines this as yet another mythbusted on Y88's.

But as the others have said PHS that puppy to find out its true pedigree!

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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007, 05:38:04 PM »
I would have to have documentation if I was buying it for the Y88 factor, cause it doesn't sound like a Y88.  However,it sounds like a solid 78 with a W72 and would be well worth the money without the "Y" factor.  I've never seen a Y88 come close in value to a Y84 car though.

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Re: 1978 trans am se w72 value
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2007, 05:27:19 PM »
I agree with above.... that car does not sound like a Y88 car so get the documents to prove it first.  But again like was mentioned above, any running/driving Trans Am for $3200 is a good deal Special Edition or not.
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