Hitman's Pontiac Trans Am Page | 1978 Pontiac Trans Am
(Photos Courtesy of Original Owners Mark and Kathy Wilcox)
I always have quite a few people ask me about the Redbird Edition Firebird Esprit. So, I figured I would devote yet another page about the Redbird Edition Esprit that replaced the Skybird Edition from 1977. Here is a little of what I know about the Redbird. The Redbird Edition Firebird Esprit was released in 1978. It replaced the Skybird Edition Firebird from 1977. Unfortunately, there was any production numbers of how many of these cars were produced. Pontiac had a hard time keeping track of cars in 1978 let alone what color the cars were. Here is what the "Redbird" Edition Firebird had for options:
- ROMAN RED EXTERIOR (COLOR 72)
- ROMAN RED DOOR HANDLE TAPE
- RED BIRD RED LOWER ACCENT
- RED BIRD RED TAILLAMP BEZELS
- ROMAN RED GRILLE LINER WITH RED BIRD GRILLE TEXTURE
- BRIGHT GOLD STRIPING
- BRIGHT GOLD RED BIRD GRAPHICS, FRONT, REAR AND SAIL PANEL
- GOLD FRONT END PANEL V CREST
- ROMAN RED CAST ALUMINUM WHEELS
- AVAILABLE TRIMS ARE CARMINE CLOTH (74B1) OR CARMINE VINYL (74N1)
- RED FORMULA STEERING WHEEL RIM, HORN BUTTON, AND GOLD SPOKES
- GOLD ENGINE TURNED I.P. APPLIQUE
- RED CUSTOM SEAT BELTS
- GOLD INTERIOR EMBLEMS, STEERING WHEEL EMBLEM, SHIFT KNOB EMBLEM
Here is what the Pontiac Dealer Bulletin dated December 2, 1977 had to say about the Redbird Firebird:
THE SKYBIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE (ESPRIT ONLY), UPC W60, WILL BE
CANCELLED AND REPLACED WITH THE RED BIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE
(ESPRIT ONLY), UPC W68, FINAL PREFERENCES FOR THE SKYBIRD WILL BE THE
WEEK OF DECEMBER 19TH, 1977.
STARTING DECEMBER 8TH, WE WILL ACCEPT ORDERS ON THE ORDER BANK FOR THE
RED BIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE, UPC W68, YOU WILL BE ADVISED
SHORTLY WHEN WE WILL ACCEPT PREFERENCES FOR THE RED BIRD.
WHEN ORDERING THE RED BIRD, YOU WILL NOT FIND EXTERIOR COLOR 72 (ROMAN RED) ON THE
ORDER FORM, AS I T HAS ONLY BEEN AVAILABLE ON THE GRAND AM, TO ORDER A
RED BIRD I T WILL BE NECESSARY TO MARK BOX 11 UNDER THE ADDITIONAL OR NEW
OPTIONS SECTION, WHICH IS THE RED BIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE, UPC
W68, AND WRITE COLOR 72 (ROMAN RED) UNDER THE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS SECTION
ON THE ORDER FORM,
THE RED BIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE, UPC W68, INCLUDES:
THE RED BIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE, UPC W68, IS AVAILABLE ONLY WITH
EXTERIOR COLOR 72 (ROMAN RED) AND TRIMS 74B1 (CARMINE CLOTH)
OR 74N1 (CARMINE VINYL)
THE RED BIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE, UPC W68, WILL BE PRICED THE SAME
AS THE SKYBIRD SPECIAL APPEARANCE PACKAGE, UPC W60.
Hopefully this will answer some questions on what exactly a Redbird Edition Firebird was. This is about all the information I have on this car as of yet.
If anyone out there would like to add to this, please send me an E-mail with more info.