Come with me back to the days when you were in high school and this
1987 Pontiac Trans Am GTA was the nastiest car on the block. An
incredible, unmolested survivor with just 46,808 original miles,
this T/A is still a blast to drive and still gets admiring looks
out on the road. In fact, good luck finding more V8 fun for less
money than this cool Pontiac.
It'll blow your mind to learn that this Trans Am from your glory
days now qualifies as an antique with the Antique Automobile Club
of America, but it's 32 years old now. The good news is that it's
only been driven about 1500 miles a year, so it's still quite fresh
and still plenty fast. The swoopy Firebird bodywork, which, for a
time, made it the most aerodynamic car in America, still looks
great today. That burgundy paint shines up beautifully and doesn't
show any evidence of repaints or accident repairs, although a
professional buff would really pay off without altering its
originality. Personally, I like the lack of graphics on this one,
although showing a bit of restraint was never Pontiac's style. A
slick wrap-around rear spoiler (no cracks!), those cool vents in
the hood, and the trick checkerboard taillights are all in great
condition and add to the distinctive '80s icon's look. Sure, there
are some signs of age, but you really don't find 1980s F-bodies
this clean all that often.
The tan cloth interior is a great place for performance driving.
The buckets are supportive but not confining, and the grippy cloth
is great for holding you in place, because this sucker still has
what it takes in the corners. The carpets and door panels show
almost no wear, and what's there is entirely appropriate to the
car's age. GM finally gave the big Pontiac a speedometer that would
match its performance by reading to 140 instead of 85, and even
today the gauges are still functional and highly legible. Cold A/C,
power windows and locks, and a tilt steering column are great
options in your new muscle car, and even the original
AM/FM/cassette stereo is still in the center of the dash, a genuine
anomaly in today's entertainment-crazed world. The trunk is rather
nicely preserved as well, albeit a little oddly shaped, and you'll
be impressed by the fact that the original gas struts can still
support the big glass hatch.
GM's torquey and rugged Tuned Port Injection L98 350 cubic inch V8
was the top dog in 1987, and while its horsepower figures may not
be all that impressive today, it's still a real blast to stomp the
throttle and feel the torque as it rockets the Trans Am forward.
It's also blissfully stock, which means it hasn't been abused or
raced, and runs as well as the day the original owner took it home.
There are none of the usual modifications under the hood and it
really is spotless, but other than routine maintenance items it's
100% original. That's just how you should buy a car like this
because it means it hasn't been abused or raced. It's backed by a
700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive with quick reflexes, and cruises
relatively efficiently with a set of 3.08 gears out back. It's just
as clean underneath, with some surface scale but no critical issues
and it still feels tight and solid going down the road. Original
cast aluminum wheels show minimal curb rash and wear newer
245/50/16 General performance radials to complete the '80s
Lots of fun, not much cash, that's the Trans Am's strength. The
fact that they're also quickly becoming genuine collectors' items
can only help values in the future. Call today!