Vehicle Description

Art & Speed announces the arrival of this pinnacle of Pontiac performance in the 1980s - the 20th Anniversary Pontiac Turbo GTA Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. The 1989 T/A pace car for the 73rd Indy 500 was the first in history to lead the field that didn't require any mechanical modifications to keep it out front. For anyone growing up pre-'90s, this was probably the most iconic Trans Am behind the "Bandit" of the late-'70s, but it was even rarer.

With only 1,555 units built, the street version of the Indy 500 T/A pace car only came in white with tan interior and sported the same performance options of the actual pace car. At the time, lacking a V8 under the hood, it wasn't lauded as a muscle car. Instead, it borrowed a modified-iteration of the Buick V6 turbo from the GNX platform that was an avid performer on the street. Lost through the years, the T/A version was actually superior to its Buick brethren probably because GM under-reported the performance numbers. But collectors are finally starting to give it the appreciation it rightly deserves.

This particular T/A is a garage-kept, well-maintained, and cared-for example, showing a mere 25,000 on the odometer. Close inspection does show some signs of its age around the emblem areas (see photos), but otherwise, this is a timepiece!

Sitting behind the wheel of this one, you'll discover it is a turn-key drivable collector car. All of the factory components are in place and working, including the GTA gauge with the Boost gauge. The frame and body are rust free and in good condition. All of the glass is also in good condition with the windows and mirrors operating as they should. The rear louvers are not just for style, they help keep the interior cool as well. Fitted with Newer Fuzion Zr1 tires, the factory wheels are in great shape. The Factory 12-inch rotors up front and 11.7-inch' rotors in the rear are in good condition, working as expected.

Stepping inside is a step back to the '80s. The full steering wheel controls give you a cockpit feel while driving. All controls work as they should, though an aftermarket Jensen radio is a significant improvement over the factory sound. The power leather seats are working as they should, with only the driver's side showing wear, as seen in the photos. The headliner, door panels, and center console are in excellent condition, showing no signs of wear. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, carpet, and shifter show minor wear as expected with a 30-year old car.

If you were like most of us, you wanted one of these Trans Am pace cars the minute you saw it out in front of the field at Indy. This 1989 Pontiac Trans Am pace car is a fantastic low-mileage time capsule ready to take you back to your youth. Contact us at Art & Speed to learn more about this shining example of '80s ingenuity!

MECHANICAL

OEM 231ci Iron-Block Turbocharged and Intercooled V6

OEM Iron Heads

OEM Accessory Drive

OEM 58-mm throttle body

OEM Aluminum Manifold

OEM Turbocharger/Grand National Spec

OEM Exhaust Manifolds

OEM Valve Covers

OEM 200R4 Automatic Transmission

OEM Factory Exhaust

CHASSIS

WS6 Level-III Performance Suspension

GTA Positraction Differential (3.27:1)

Coilspring Front and Rear Suspension

16 x 8-Inch Diamond-Spoke Aluminum Wheels

GTA Staggered Offsets

Fuzion ZRi 245/50/16 Front Tires

Fuzion ZRi 245/50/16 Rear Tires

OEM 12-Inch Front Disk Brakes GTA/ Police Spec

OEM 11.7-Inch Rear Disk Brakes GTA Corvette Spec

Rack-and-Pinion Steering

EXTERIOR

Factory White Paint in Great Condition

Factory Front and Rear Bumpers

Front Grille in Good Condition

Black Louvers in Good Condition

Emblems show minor wear at edges

Taillights in Good Condition

INTERIOR

OEM GTA Pace Car Gauges with Boost Gauge

Tilt Steering Column

Factory Steering Wheel With Leather Wrap

Factory Headliner

Ivory Leather Door Cards

Camel Leather Front Buckets

Jensen Radio With Factory Steering Wheel Controls

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1421149
  • Price:$37,900
  • Location:Collierville, Tennessee
  • Year:1989
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird Trans Am
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Interior Color:Camel
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:25430
  • Stock Number:C200317A
  • VIN:1G5FW2178KL244715