Best first car? '78 Trans Am

  • Published: 28 December 2017
  • Coop takes some time to reflect on some of his favorite memories in his first car - a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. Who wouldn't want to feel like Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit?

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Comments • 254

  • Denise B389
    Denise B389  2 months back

    My older brother, David, got a 1979 Dark Blue Trans Am brand new with the Oldsmobile 403. I was driving a 1970 340 Dart Swinger then, and even with a V-8 in that little car I could still see the ground all around it. I opened his hood and I couldn't really see anything but that "Shaker" on top of the engine and hoses everywhere. They had to put a 6" extension on the oil fill because you couldn't get to the valve cover! Anyway, he made the mistake of letting me drive it and I was amazed at how great it cornered. We had this long sweeping curve about 3/8 of a mile long with a decreasing radius that had taken out a lot of cars. It curves so gradually that people got surprised by the quick turn in at the end. It was called "Dead Man's Curve" by the locals. I had taken my Dart around it many times so I was comfortable with it. David didn't know that. He was grabbing the dash and telling me to slow down as we started into it, we were past it in less than 30 seconds. I knew he drove like a grandmother. I just wanted to show him what this car could do. It never even squealed a tire around the curve, maybe I couldn't hear it because of the screams. Just kidding, he was fine, just nervous. Looking back, I guess I was just being a know it all teenager.

    • L Fraser
      L Fraser  3 months back

      Hey my first car is a Pontiac to, it a 06 torrent, but still

      • Gmoritz71 Last
        Gmoritz71 Last  3 months back

        I too accidentally slipped my Firebird into 'R' at highway speeds ( I-17 going downhill past Sedona ). It was 1983 or 1984 ... The TH350 was unphased ans I started it back up while still rolling forward and all was fine. ( Yes, I was an idiot and I still am. )

        • Simply Michael
          Simply Michael  3 months back

          Wow. Rad fan in a rad ... would had loved to see that!!!!

          • master builder 772
            master builder 772  4 months back

            I’ve looked at the 77 78 trans am as my first car a lot

            • Kevin Tucker
              Kevin Tucker  5 months back

              I used to drive a 81 trans am with a turbocharged 301 V8. I don’t think it ever made more that 2 or 3 lbs of boost.
              There weren’t to many on the road with that engine setup.

              • Kevin Tucker
                Kevin Tucker  5 months back

                I did that in a 87 Mazda RX7 getting onto I35 in Texas. Entered the highway backwards between two cars in the slow lane and continued spinning around at about 80 into the middle lane where it recovered with its nose pointing the right direction and still going 60 miles an hour.

                • Brett Voigt
                  Brett Voigt  6 months back

                  My first car was a 90' 944 S2... loved that thing

                  • Peter Chronis
                    Peter Chronis  8 months back

                    Obviously he didn't have a W72 400 to say these cars were anemic. The W72 400 4spd, 3.42 rear ratio TA was far from anemic.

                    • Leohard18
                      Leohard18  8 months back

                      I've got a 1980 TA that came with a Pontiac 400 out of a GTO that fouled a lifter and swapped it with a $200 350 out of an another Firebird that was in a field for god knows how long. Runs strong the compression is within spec and have put a 1000 miles on it in a couple months so I'd Pontiac motors are reliable are your going to get out of a motor from the 70s

                      • Nick Milledge
                        Nick Milledge  8 months back

                        thinking this was rabbit's story damn

                        • Henry
                          Henry  9 months back

                          I really like it if car guys still own theyre first car

                          • Kip Diggs
                            Kip Diggs  9 months back

                            A man my dad knew had a used car lot. He had a gold '79 Trans-Am (no t-top) he thought I would be interested in. This was the mid to late eighties and I was in college. My dad took one look at the car and said, "There's no way -- NO WAY -- your mother is going to let this happen."

                            No Trans-Am for me.

                            • Wanda Styles
                              Wanda Styles  10 months back

                              77-78 trans ams greatest year ever for the ta!!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

                              • Andrew DUBUICK racing
                                Andrew DUBUICK racing  10 months back

                                No ls

                                • 1234 56789
                                  1234 56789  1 years back

                                  I often worry about my 400 in my 78, but even with over 100K miles, it still runs solid.  It's not the fastest car in the world, but it takes me back in time faster than any DeLorean could ever take me......Wait a minute.  It was DeLorean who began the Pontiac muscle car trend back in the 60s with the Tempest GTO, so I take that back.  Man, I love all of the period-correct smells and old-style feel.

                                  • brianm195
                                    brianm195  1 years back

                                    Was my first car to lol still have it to .

                                    • Nate Glasgow
                                      Nate Glasgow  1 years back

                                      80 Malibu for me just got it at the turkey run for my first car

                                      • Tracy Lee
                                        Tracy Lee  1 years back

                                        What the heck is with the engine at the end of the video? Gas can? Oil bucket? Interesting.

                                        • Squirmin Herman the one eyed German

                                          Pontiac built excitement ✌☮

                                          • daniel boxall
                                            daniel boxall  1 years back

                                            IF I had one it would plane just the strips on the sides that's just what I think

                                            • Hobodeluxe960
                                              Hobodeluxe960  1 years back

                                              My first car was in 1976. It was a legit 65 Mustang pony GT. 289 hi-po and 4 spd. 2nd car. 1968 GTO.

                                              • --
                                                --  1 years back

                                                was 16 when i did the same two full 360s, stayed on the road, didn't hit a thing and didn't have a single witness. so you kinda just keep driving off not sure if you just hallucinated or what the hell happened

                                                • AKC19
                                                  AKC19  1 years back

                                                  Have the same shirt, wearing rn

                                                  • Airborne Garage
                                                    Airborne Garage  1 years back

                                                    TAs are 💯

                                                    • Karl Hollywood
                                                      Karl Hollywood  1 years back

                                                      Wondered what happened to Darren Kirkpatrick

                                                      • JR G
                                                        JR G  2 years back

                                                        Nothing sounds as cool as a big American V8 engine.

                                                        • Starpower44 '
                                                          Starpower44 '  2 years back

                                                          Fuckin Republicans

                                                          • Adam Roberts
                                                            Adam Roberts  2 years back

                                                            My first car was a 74 Camaro Type LT Z28, bought it from a drug addict for $200.

                                                            • Cameron Beyer
                                                              Cameron Beyer  2 years back

                                                              My dad's first car was a 78 firebird trans with t tops and the works. He regrets selling it to this day

                                                              • Chris
                                                                Chris  2 years back

                                                                My first car is an 81 Camaro, I'm 17

                                                                • Zack Troyer
                                                                  Zack Troyer  2 years back

                                                                  My first car ...a 1964 Ford falcon 3 on the tree 170 inline 6 no speed no power miss that car

                                                                  • DTM 1864
                                                                    DTM 1864  2 years back

                                                                    It was my first car also. I loved it. I miss it. Yes; Burt Reynolds was the reason I brought it.

                                                                    • 98snakeeater
                                                                      98snakeeater  2 years back

                                                                      Had the fan on my 70 T/A cut loose and tear up my radiator while I was going to college.
                                                                      I remember it like it was yesterday.
                                                                      I had just heard John Denver died over the radio, then all of a sudden heard a big racket under the hood.
                                                                      I was still warm being mid October in NY, but I was still able to drive from the Bronx back to my uncle's shop in Queens without going into the red.

                                                                      • Revengeful Lobster
                                                                        Revengeful Lobster  2 years back

                                                                        My dad had a 78 T/A. Red with red interior, 4 speed, T-Tops and even a CB radio. I really wish I would have gotten the chance to drive that. Good vid!

                                                                        • Joshua Law
                                                                          Joshua Law  2 years back

                                                                          The '78 Trans Am is THE MOST badass car ever made!

                                                                          • scott smith
                                                                            scott smith  2 years back

                                                                            First car 72 mav grabber 302 ps air

                                                                            • clifford davis
                                                                              clifford davis  2 years back

                                                                              I had a 79. Was the best car I ever had.

                                                                              • Sherry Setliff
                                                                                Sherry Setliff  2 years back

                                                                                Had a 78 solar gold. Very neat car.

                                                                                • Mossy Shotgun590
                                                                                  Mossy Shotgun590  2 years back

                                                                                  I had a 77' T/A Iuved that car !

                                                                                  • first class junkie
                                                                                    first class junkie  2 years back

                                                                                    3 piece crank eh thats a new one on me

                                                                                    • Scott White
                                                                                      Scott White  2 years back

                                                                                      NIce Car , Boring Story.

                                                                                      • Master Chief 00117
                                                                                        Master Chief 00117  2 years back

                                                                                        I found White is the best. As my 1975 Camaro was Pearl White. I never got a ticket in it. Always got pulled over for son how old are you?.. As I looked 14 year sold when I was 21! But I drove the wheels off that car. As it was a tank. I once backed into a light pole. In the parking lot leaving the doughnut shop to got to work. It was half way bent over from the concrete base. I asked the shop owner where is the manager. I hit one of their poles. He seen it leaning over. Then said. Son I would get in that car and get the hell out of here!

                                                                                        He didn't have to say it twice...

                                                                                        • Ronald Archibald
                                                                                          Ronald Archibald  2 years back

                                                                                          Great car. I had a rusty red 1977 trans am as my first car. Bird delete vehicle. Ended up destroying the suspension jumping it over a hill in the road. It was too rusty to consider repairing. Parted it out for almost what I paid for it.

                                                                                          • cade cruseturner
                                                                                            cade cruseturner  2 years back

                                                                                            I got a 65 mustang for my first car.

                                                                                            • William Hollowell
                                                                                              William Hollowell  2 years back

                                                                                              Yo I live in Vicksburg

                                                                                              • theotherchicken2
                                                                                                theotherchicken2  2 years back

                                                                                                75 is better

                                                                                                • Greg James
                                                                                                  Greg James  2 years back

                                                                                                  Had a 78 black trans am t-top 4 sp cragar sst wheels t/a white letter tires crane cam and plush velour interior in 83 senior in HS. The sound of the Quadrajet was awesome and you could almost see the gas needle going down when you hit the gas. Had many 7 mpg nights when playing around. Learned never floor it unless pointed straight after many tries.