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For Sale: 1989 Pontiac Firebird in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

If you're a Trans Am enthusiast, the 1989 Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am 20th Anniversary pace car (with a moniker that long, you know it's good!) really is the one to own. It's still the fastest-accelerating T/A ever built, and it was the first Indy 500 Pace Car that didn't need any modifications to reach the required pace car speeds needed on race day. This particular beauty, with only 29,004 actual miles, is one of the cleanest, most documented examples available anywhere. Cool, fast, and rare? Where do we sign up?

This might be the most subtle GM pace car ever built, but the off-white Trans Am rocks the horsepower, and that's really all that matters. Heck, they probably tried to downplay that they stuffed the Buick Grand National's turbocharged powerplant into a car that could actually handle and brake properly, so white was the logical choice. The third-generation F-bodies were pretty good looking cars, particularly the Trans Am, and all the unique styling aspects are extremely well-preserved, including the ground effects and rear spoiler, which always had a tendency to crack. The fact that this is a 'slicktop' hardtop car with cloth interior is actually a really big deal, as this is only 1 of 15 cars made in that iteration. The paint is about as good as you could expect on the showroom floor, thanks to a lifetime as a cherished collectors' item, and this is one of the few that actually proudly wears its original pace car decals. Functional vents on the hood and a subtle TURBO badge on the front fenders are your only tipoff that this is a special car, but thanks to the impeccable preservation, you can go out and demonstrate its abilities without worries. Perfect it is not, but there certainly aren't many nicer than this left in the world.

Only 39 total hardtop 20th Anniversary Pace Cars were built in 1989, and only 15 came with the tan cloth you see inside this T/A. The deeply bolstered buckets are still incredibly comfortable even after 32 years and show really no wear and tear to speak of (even the plastic seatbelt clips still look practically new), again attributable to owners who understood that this was always an important car. Like most T/As, this Pace Car comes loaded with options including power windows, locks, and seats, factory A/C, cruise control, tilt wheel, and a powerful Delco AM/FM/cassette stereo that all came standard. In typical Pontiac fashion, there are seemingly thousands of buttons on the dash and steering wheel, but you'll get a feel for them quickly enough and it all works properly; even the A/C is nice and cold. A small boost gauge was integrated into the Trans Am's standard instrument panel, and Indy 500 Champion Johnny Rutherford (winner in 1974, 1976, and 1980) signed the map pockets hanging off the dash. The door panels are in excellent shape, as is the Synthwave-style center console, and the plush carpets have been protected with purposely numerated (this is car #486) mats that have likely been there since new. It's likely that the rear seats have never been used, and the cargo area behind the seats looks practically new as well - at this point, did you expect anything else?

The real reason these cars are special is under the hood: Buick's stunning 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 that was typically reserved for the lightning-quick Grand National. This was the only Trans Am model to be powered by a V6, but don't think this car is some slouch. Pontiac rated it at 250 horsepower to keep from stepping on Corvette's toes, but the GM factory dyno rang up 301 horsepower on a pretty consistent basis. And as insanely easy as the turbo engine is to modify, this numbers matching unit remains completely stock and nicely preserved, right down to the black plug wires. A 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission and 1LE brake and suspension package make this a formidable car even when the roads start to twist, neatly remedying the Buick GN's lone Achilles' heel. You want a fast F-body, they don't come much more wicked than this and that engine offers almost unlimited potential. As a ready-to-show collectable, this one is completely stock and incredibly original, right down to the gold mesh "Honeycomb" alloy wheels (the set that's on the car now are also correct, but the actual alloys and Goodyear Eagle tires that this car was born with also available), which wear 245/50/16 BFGoodrich G-Force tires, probably only the second set it's ever worn.

Fully documented with a reproduction window sticker, special promotional items, all the original owner's manuals, and other miscellaneous important history, this is an investment-grade Turbo Trans Am Pace Car that's also completely amazing to drive. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1989 Pontiac Firebird
  • Listing ID:CC-1479071
  • Price:$58,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1989
  • Make:Pontiac
  • Model:Firebird
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Interior Color:Camel
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:29004
  • Stock Number:4727-DFW
  • VIN:1G5FW2175KL239603
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