1978 Pontiac Trans Am MACHO T/A
of 203 Produced
1 of 1
Ultra - Rare
Only Two Documented Owners
AWESOME CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT
This is a very rare opportunity to own a piece
of automotive history. MACHO T/A's are
extremely rare, they are all unique in their
paint schemes, color combinations and various
performance modifications. No two are alike
making this MACHO T/A a true ONE of ONE car.
Being that there were only 203 MACHO T/A's
produced in 1978, you have to ask yourself a few
questions. How many actually come up for sale?
How many only have had TWO documented owners in
40 years? How many still have their original
drivetrain? How many have been very well "used"
and wasted away? How many have rotted away?
How many have been wrecked? How many look like
this? These are the questions you have to ask
yourself when making an investment in a numbered
TWO MACHO T/A's ARE EQUIPPED THE SAME!
Yes, they made 203 MACHO T/As in 1978 and
EVERYONE of them is uniquely equipped. They
came with a wide variety of paint schemes, color
combinations, engine modifications, suspension
modifications, and some interior modifications.
In 1978, General Motors produced 93,341 Trans
Ams. Only 203 were converted into MACHO T/As.
In perspective, the
MACHO T/A only represents less than half of 1%
of all the Trans Ams produced. Thats RARE!
This particular MACHO T/A lived in Arizona
with its original owner until 2003 when it was
shipped to New York to its second owner. It was
fully restored to its former glory in 2006.
Attention was paid to how the car was
originally delivered to the original owner.
This MACHO T/A is mechanically sound. It
starts, idles, drives, stops like it looks!
This is hard to convey how nice a car functions
from just pictures and a short video. The paint
scheme including the "screaming chicken" is how
it was presented to the original owner. The
paint is stunning. The undercarriage was
treated with sound deadener. This is NOT
undercoated. The sheet metal on this car has
ZERO rust issues, pitting or soft spots.
The W72 TA 6.6 engine roars to life and runs
strong. It features Hooker Headers and dual
catalytic converters just like the original
MACHO T/A systems had. The converters served as
mufflers as they removed for the MACHO T/A
The second generation Trans Am's are screaming
up the collectibility charts in value and
demand. Documented Ultra-Rare Numbered cars
such as the MACHO T/A's lead the pack.
They rarely ever come up for sale, here is your
chance to own a piece of history.
A little history on how the MACHO T/A's came
to life. Back in 1977, Dennis and Kyle Mecham
built 26 performance-tweaked Trans Ams that they
dubbed MACHO T/As and initially sold through
their family's Pontiac dealership, Mecham
Motors, near Phoenix, Arizona. The modified
Trans Ams were a hit and the fledgling company,
DKM Design, Performance sold all they could
build, so they ramped up production in 1978 and
marketed the cars through other Pontiac dealers.
Sales of the warmed-up Firebirds soared to 204
units. But, uh, what of that oh-so-Seventies
"At that time, macho was the 'in' word in the
Southwest," said Dennis Mecham, now president of
Mecham Design, Performance. "Everything was
macho. In desperation, I said, 'Why not call it
MACHO T/A?' It was almost tongue-in-cheek. It
may not be the best name, but how can you forget
Buyers certainly approved. Mecham recalls a
leasing company that wanted to purchase several
of the cars sans the Macho lettering. But at
DKM's urging, they purchased three without the
decals and three with. Customers greedily
snapped up the lettered cars first.
The recipe for the MACHO T/A was
straightforward: DKM would purchase new Trans
Ams, perform its modifications, and resell them
as used cars to Pontiac dealers. Under the hood,
DKM would richen the jetting of the stock
Quadrajet and change the distributor's curve to
bring in 36 degrees of advance at 2,500 rpm. DKM
also opened up the sealed shaker hood scoop,
increasing airflow to the stock airbox, and
installed screen over the opening. A set of
off-the-shelf Hooker Headers were bolted up and
plumbed up with a 2.5-inch dual exhaust with a
crossover tube and two catalytic converters
eliminating the restrictive stock system.
"No mufflers or resonators are found, though
the exhaust remains reasonably mellow," Hot Rod
magazine wrote in its July 1978 review of a
MACHO T/A. "In fact, a decibel meter may
disagree, but to the human ear, a MACHO T/A
sounds no louder than a stocker, which runs one
converter and a pair of mufflers."
DKM also dropped the front end by 1.5 inches,
installed Koni adjustable shocks at all four
corners, and put 60 series tires on the factory
rims. Color combinations were left up to the
customer's discretion and, while there were two
dozen interior/exterior color combinations
listed in the DKM brochure, an additional $150
allowed that customer to choose a special color.
Add another $150 and the graphics would be
applied using DuPont's Imron paint.
"If it sounded reasonable and the guy wanted
it, we'd do whatever they wanted," Mecham said.
The young Mecham stumbled on the idea of
building a post-factory Pontiac super car (at
least by late-'70s standards) quite by accident.
He was running a weekly newspaper that his
family owned and driving a late-model Pontiac
Catalina when the urge to act his age became too
strong to ignore.
"I thought, if I don't stop driving Catalinas,
pretty soon I'll be old enough that I'll
actually want one," Mecham said.
Mecham and his friend Mike Garrett began
tinkering with a 1975 Formula 400 HO. They
managed to wake the car up by fattening the lean
factory jetting, opening up the airbox and
working some advance into the distributor.
Mecham did more of the same mods to his new
455-powered 1976 Trans Am--a car that his
father, the late Evan Mecham, took a liking to
and saw some sales potential in.
"My father came down and I had the 455 T/A in
my garage," Mecham said. "He took it for a ride
and said, 'I wish I could sell a car like that
to our customers.' "
So as an experiment, the brothers Mecham
added headers and aftermarket wheels to their
list of Trans Am mods and put a fresh example on
the showroom floor. It sold in three days.
Working part-time in 1977, they built and sold
26 cars, making a tidy profit on each.
Thus, one of the few Disco-Era performance
legends was born. In fact, it would've lived on
for many more years had Pontiac not installed
the 301 in the Trans Am, an engine that simply
didn't have the latent potential that the 400
and 455s had.
"We stopped making them in 1980 because the
car was no longer viable," Mecham said. "If you
got any real horsepower (out of the 301), you
were rebuilding a hand grenade."
Throughout the 1990s, the cars of the 1970s
were regarded disdainfully by collectors, but
something funny happened one day on the way to
the car show--'70s machinery, particularly Trans
Ams sporting black paint and gold eagles, became
not just collectible, but hot.
Riding the tail feathers of this trend are
T/As. Mecham's warmed up 'birds have attracted a
cult following among collectors who fondly
remember the days when clothing and furniture
manufacturers were vying with the Bee Gees to
see who could sell the most vinyl.
Call NOW to put this MACHO T/A in YOUR driveway!