1978 Firebird Formula 400, W72 4 speed, Numbers Match

Price: - Item location: Milford, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Pontiac
  • Model: Firebird
  • SubModel: 400 Formula W72
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Formula
  • Year: 1978
  • Mileage: 82,518
  • VIN: 2U87Z8N154499
  • Color: Steel Blue/Purple
  • Engine size: 400
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1978 Pontiac Firebird 400 Formula W72

Call Dan at 513-256-5543 with any questions regarding this vehicle

Cincy Classic Cars is proud to offer this “PHS” Documented 1978 Formula 400 which is in beautiful condition inside and out. This car is super rare being 1 of only 810 1978 Formula 400 4 speeds W72’s ever made. This Formula features a terrific repaint which shows very well, an original light blue deluxe cloth interior, and the original numbers matching 400 W72 high performance engine and the original 4 speed transmission, see photos below of vin stamps on engine and transmission. This Formula is very solid with great lines and gaps and has no visible rust on body or frame. This Formula is finished in a beautiful shade of blue/purple over Light Blue (code 24B) cloth interior. The factory exterior color was glacier blue code 22. PHS documents package is included with the sale.


The exterior is in fabulous condition. This Formula 400 was treated to a professional repaint approximately 3 years ago with all new Formula decals and custom painted hood stripes. The paint is in great condition with no signs of visible rust and both bumpers are in great shape shape with no flaking or faded paint, although there is some very light spider webbing on the passenger side front bumper. There may be some minor imperfections that are not noticeable in the photos, but noting was intentionally excluded from the photos. Tires are like new and have excellent tread left and are sized 235/60/15 and the Rally II wheels are OEM originals and are in great shape with no curb rash. Trunk is very solid and clean with the original space saver spare tire, inflator bottle, and jack. Also included is a nice set of original Fisher t top bags. All the glass is “LOF” factory original.


The Light Blue deluxe cloth interior of this Formula is in great original condition. The original seat covers are in great condition with only slight wear on the drivers seat. The carpet is nice condition with no major stains, rips, or holes. The original dash is in excellent condition with no cracks or fading and the dash bezel is in great condition as well. The stereo has been upgraded to a digital am/fm cassette which powers on but is not working, and thankfully the dash has not been cut for a modern cd player. The door panels are original and in excellent condition and both door pulls are solid and in tact. The package tray is in excellent condition as well. All interior/exterior lights and gauges work as they should outside of the clock. The horn, power windows and wipers also work, but the wiper switch is finicky. The power windows work well and this Formula also has tilt wheel. This car has not been smoked in; there is no aroma what so ever.


This Formula is in great mechanical condition and very importantly the original numbers matching engine and transmission are still in the car, see vin stamps in the photos. Also the block is stamped “WC” which is the correct block for a 1978 4 speed W72 engine, see block code photo. In the video one can observe this car running and driving with no excessive rattles or noises, and the car handles and performs well. The odometer currently reads 82,518 which is completely believable as actual miles, but due to an earlier recording error on a title its currently marked as non actual. See photo below of current title and the previous title stating the miles are “more (84,500)” than what is currently on the car. The previous title was stated as “Actual,” but the wrong mileage number was recorded. This Formula is an exceptional driver that feels great on the road and at highway speeds. There is no smoke when starting or driving the car. It starts right away every time, idles well, and runs excellent. The brakes do not pull and stop as they should. The exhaust has been upgraded to dual Flowmaster mufflers with headers. This car is a blast to drive with the 4 speed transmission and the t tops removed. Also, the engine is clean and nicely detailed as one can see from the photos. This formula has been treated to a few bolt on performance upgrades such as, MSD ignition, Holley double pumper carb., and Edelbrock intake. This is a factory non AC car which really unclutters the engine bay. Currently the emergency brake is not operable.


Terms & Conditions

ALL SALES ARE FINAL WITH CAR BEING SOLD WHERE/IS, AS/IS. ! TO BID YOU MUST BE OVER 18 and pay with a money order, cashiers check or wire transfer. Please do not bid without the intent to finalize this transaction. Sorry, NO bid retractions allowed, ask questions BEFORE you bid. Your bid is a binding contract. EBay is an advertising tool and many of our vehicles sell before the auction ends. We reserve the right to cancel the auction early as the car is also for sale locally. Call us today at 513-256-5543 to make this vehicle yours! We require a reasonable $950.00 deposit.

The Vehicle is being sold by a Licensed State of Ohio Dealer (Cincy Classic Cars, LLC). You will need to check with your local government for any special rules regarding these older vehicles passing any inspections. We will not be held liable for any vehicle not passing inspection.The vehicle is offered with a right to a personal inspection by any bidder or agent. If you are the buyer and unable to inspect said vehicle immediately, you or an agent will have seven (7) days to inspect said vehicle after the close of auction. We welcome a physical inspection to avoid any misunderstandings or representations. All disputes arising out of or resulting from this sale shall be finally determined by binding arbitration in Cincinnati/Milford, Ohio in accordance with the commercial rules of arbitration of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration shall be carried out by one or more arbitrators in accordance with said rules. Any award shall be enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction in the same manner as judgments. This agreement to arbitrate shall survive the sale of the automobile described herein. Buyer and Seller hereby agree that Ohio law shall control for all purposes under this Bill of Sale. Buyer and Seller hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of Ohio to specifically enforce the agreement to arbitrate and to enter judgment of and enforce the award of the arbitrator. All above terms and conditions are applied to vehicle sales, whether through EBay or otherwise.

Payment Terms:

Payment must be made by Cashiers Check, Money Orders or Wire Transfers payable in US Dollars. A deposit in the amount of $950.00 must be received within Twenty-Four (24) hours of the auction close typically by PayPal ( PayPal for deposit only NOT for full payment). Purchaser cannot make any claims of ownership to said vehicle without payment in full. The buyer has seven (7) days from close of auction to inspect the vehicle. If an inspection or decision takes longer than seven days and you find the vehicle not to your liking, your deposit will be forfeited and the car will be relisted. Final payment must be received within seven (7) days of the auctions close. Documentation Fee: There will be a $150.00 domestic and $250.00 international fee added to each car sold. This includes title transfer, inventory tax, holding costs, vehicle preparation, storage and priority documentation delivery.

We will not be responsible for buyers remorse or problems found to said vehicle once they have left our property. We are just being realistic; most of the cars we deal in are vintage and by their very nature will need TLC and some degree of attention sooner or later. These are not new cars and your expectation should not be of a perfect, new car. Once full payment has been received, Seller will mail a copy of clear title, Bill of Sale, Buyers Guide and additional BMV forms to the Buyer to sign and return via mail. The fully-executed forms must be returned to the Seller prior to the shipment of said vehicle.


For a quote on shipping anywhere in the world, please feel free to email us at dan@cincyclassiccars.com. We will give you an estimated cost for open and enclosed transport or overseas. We are happy to accommodate our international buyers! Overseas shipments will be placed into a steel container for safe sea passage or optional roll-on/roll-off (RoRo). We take care of all the details and paperwork. All you have to do is collect the car at your nearest port and enjoy! Please note that we are not a transport company and only offer this service as a convenience to our customers. You are more than welcome to arrange your own shipping. Transportation will commence only after final payment and signed documentation are received.


ALL SALES ARE FINAL WITH CAR BEING SOLD WHERE IS, AS IS! The vehicle is offered with a right to a personal inspection by any bidder or agent of any bidder. All used vehicles should be assumed to have some degree of wear. No vehicle is perfect to everyone. Each vehicle has its strengths, styles, tendencies and shortcomings. Therefore, despite our best efforts to verify a vehicles mechanical condition, we are not able to warranty a manufacturers workmanship or previous owners diligence in care. It is for this reason that all vehicles are sold WHERE/IS, AS/IS . We have described the above mentioned vehicle to the best of our ability. However, with all classic vehicles, the condition is subjective. Please be advised that no oral or written statements concerning any vehicle constitutes a representation or warranty of the condition of the said vehicle.