Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
This 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo 20th Anniversary Pace Car is one of the few ultra-desirable speedy T/As only available to a select few. And while the interior and exterior have been kept in show-ready condition, the ultra-clean engine bay hides some upgraded power. So you get a car that lives up to its legendary looks and surpasses its legendary performance.
The icon status of the Turbo T/A was cemented on day one. This was the 20th anniversary edition, and it was the only time they had a turbocharged 3rd gen car. And to top It all off, these were the only ones selected to be the Indy 500 Pace Car replicas. They only produced 1,550 examples, making rarity part of the recipe right from the start. So the folks at Pontiac really know how to pile on the significance of the Trans Am's special celebration. They say the 20th anniversary gift is China/porcelain, and so all the special edition cars were done in white. And since this car has averaged under 2,600 miles annually, it certainly has not spent the decades going on the daily grind. So the white paint retains a nice luster, and it helps to show off the crisp lines of the body panels. And speaking of the body, you may also recognize the lines of the extra sleek GTA full body kit package. This was the true range-topping Trans Am of its day, and so it got all the best features, right down to the gold crosslace wheels.
The interior is just as original and nicely preserved as the exterior. It starts with the GTA-exclusive Ultima bucket seats. There are finished in a supple leather, and they also have power adjustable bolstering for the best in comfort. The sports steering wheel is different than most other cars you see, because this was the year Pontiac started to embrace their technical side with the premium cars. So you have full stereo controls right in the middle. Beyond that is a full set of clear analogue gauges. Because this was the top-of-the-line car for Pontiac, it comes loaded with features like power windows, power locks, power steering, remote trunk opener, cruise control, an AM/FM/cassette stereo, and a Viper alarm system. The T-tops store in their proper factory bags, and when you take them out, the factory air conditioning will keep you comfortable while being open to the world.
What's under the hood of a TTA is different than what you'll see anywhere else in the Pontiac family. However, if you know the best Buicks of the era, they you're getting close to what makes this so special. The 3.8-liter Turbo V6 package was one of the best around. It took the hardy Detroit iron know-how, and used the robust reputation to add some big turbocharged power for cars like the Grand National and GNX. The one you're looking at here is believed to be the original block, but you can also see there's hints at something more. The powder coated turbo cover, charge pipe, and intake add some sporty sleekness. And further within you'll see an upgraded TA49 turbocharger, adjustable fuel pressure regulator, 36 lbs injectors, and upgraded exhaust with a sweet-sounding Flowmaster muffler. The four-speed automatic transmission is the numbers-matching unit, and now has an upgraded shift kit and converter from Performance Torque Converters. They even invested on the fundamentals, like new motor and trans mounts. The result is an already speedy T/A that know how to handle some extra pep in its step. And speaking of handling, this also has four-wheel power disc brakes, limited-slip rear end, and the desirable WS6 sports suspension.
The sale comes complete with the full owner's manual packet, including the pace car decals. This it is the rare, powerful, and stunning classic T/A of your dreams. So don't let it end up in someone else's garage. Call today!!!
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