Y88 Special Edition TRANS AM Info
(The "Gold BANDIT")


After two years of success (1977 & 1978) with the black & gold Special Editions, the Y82, Pontiac decided to try another success story, they reversed the colors!

Instead of the hero car colors, the Y82's black color with gold stencils, they went with the Gold color along with not the black but rather dark brown stencils, they decided that this color will look better than the actual black stencils.

Being produced only for one year, these beautiful pieces of precious gold Trans Am SEs are today considered a prime 70s era collector Trans Am.

They are also considered as a must have classic in any "fbody" enthusiast garage; they have always been special and eye catching cars in any parade or show.

One of the rarest versions of the second-generation Trans Am, the Gold Edition combined all the most popular features offered in 1978.

The WS6 Performance Package, which added a larger sway bar, quick-ratio steering box and special aluminum wheels with larger GR70-15 radial tires.

The Gold Edition’s one-year-only exclusivity was also a feature of its unique appearance that incorporated Anniversary Solar Gold paint complemented with matching painted headlight opening trim, painted “Snowflake” wheels and contrasting pinstriping.


You could only order this Special Trans Am for a short period of time, actually you could only order it for about a three month period back in late 1977.

They were produced throughout the entire year, from about January 2nd to the end of the production year of 1978.

The Y88 Gold Special Edition Trans Am was in 1978 only. So, if you have any other year besides a 1978, then you automatically know you do not have a Y88 Special Edition Trans Am.

The first thing to look at is the Cowl Data on your Trans Am to see if it is stamped with a Special Edition code Y-88 or not. This is the first place to look.


Now, not all Special Editions had this code marked on it. Some people try to tell you also that the paint code of 50 (also can be seen to the right) was for Special Edition Trans Am's. While they are correct to a certain point, that is not entirely true.

While Gold Special Edition Trans Ams did have a paint code of 50 and other Gold Trans Am's had a paint code of 55, once the Gold Special Edition Trans Am was cancelled, the paint code of 50 stayed for all gold Trans am's after that.


So, just because you have a paint code of 50 doesn't mean you have Gold Edition.

As we mentioned earlier, the Gold Special Edition car was a reversal of the Black Special Edition cars.

Instead of black paint with gold striping, the Gold Edition had gold paint with black striping. Well, it was actually dark gold/brown striping. Basically, the package consisted of:

Solar Gold exterior with dark gold pin striping.

Gold grille liners, I.P. engine turn, and misc. interior and exterior gold emblems.

Black tail lamp housing, and black windshield and backlite moldings.

Gold glass in Fisher hatches (CC1) with black molding.

Interior trim restricted to base or custom camel tan vinyl or cloth

Formula steering wheel in camel tan with gold spokes

Gold 15x7 cast aluminum wheels (15x8 if the WS6 was ordered with it).

Just like the Black Special Edition cars that preceded them, the Gold Edition Trans Am also had all of the gold appointments on the car. They had the gold bird emblem and gold spokes on the steering wheel.

Gold Dash Bezel and gold shifter button emblem. Also, another thing that stands out on the interior is the steering column.

On regular gold 1978 Trans Ams, the steering column was black, but in the Y88 Gold Special Edition, the steering column was camel tan.

The Y88 Gold Special Edition was also the first introduction of the newly designed 5 color hood bird that became the standard in 1979.

On the Y88 Gold Special Edition cars, the tail lamps were paint black. This was a change made in the 1978 production model year.

Prior to this change, the tail lamps were painted the same color of the body, but this changed to black in 1978.


With the addition of the WS6 package in 1978, they introduced the 15x8 snowflake rim. In the beginning, the 15x8 inch snowflake rim in gold was painted in its entirety except for the outer lip of the rim.

This was true of all gold snowflake rims in early 1978.

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