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Rare Redbird: 1978 Pontiac Firebird

Most car enthusiast are aware of Pontiac’s long history of performance cars. Older enthusiast remember the introduction of the GTO and other enthusiasts are fans of the Trans Am. Many are unaware that Pontiac offered the Firebird in a special appearance package that ran from 1977 through 1981. The cars were named after their color choices – the Skybird, Redbird, and Yellowbird. This example is a 1978 Pontiac Redbird. It is located in San Antonio, Texas and appears to be sitting in a storage unit. The seller recently lowered the price from $6,500 to $5,700. It is listed here on Facebook Marketplace.

Like the exterior, the interior is red also. Pontiac called it Carmine because it was a dark red color. The Red Bird was produced in 1978-1979 and, of course, was all red. The Sky Bird was made in 1977-1978 and was painted in a light baby blue. The Yellow Bird was built in 1980 and 1981 and was painted a pale yellow. This car appears to be well optioned but the seller removed the air conditioning from under the hood. It also looks like a large tach is sitting on the dash.

Engine options for the Redbird included a standard Buick 231 cubic inch V6 engine, offering fuel efficiency. Buyers could opt for the more powerful 301 cubic inch V8 engine, which was in its second  year of production. Half way through the production year, Pontiac was unable to keep up with the production of the 301 cubic inch V8 engine and announced that it would be replaced with the Chevrolet 305 cubic inch V8 engine. The seller states that this Redbird came with a Chevrolet 350 cubic inch V8 engine that has been rebuilt and stroked to a 383.

This above picture shows one of the rear seat panels. It appears to have just melted from the South Texas heat! The 1978 Pontiac Redbird was a limited-production model, with a total of 8,465 units manufactured. Despite its brief production period, the 1978 Pontiac Redbird made an impact to many due to its unique design, and upscale 1970’s looks. Its rarity and distinctive styling continue to attract some automotive enthusiasts, but many consider it just a gussied up Esprit.


  1. 19sixty5 Member

    Rare? Relatively. Desirable? Not so much. But that rear interior melted panel is awesome!

    Like 21
  2. Rw

    The melted panel appears to be someone’s attempt at upholstery,with a satin sheet..

    Like 4
  3. Ed

    Definitely some hot action took place in the back seat of this bordello bird.

    Like 14
  4. Claudio

    The passenger front fender has serious rust issue , if rusted that high, i suspect the lower parts have also been chewed away
    The melted inside is scary !

    Like 2

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