3856 actual mile numbers matching original Turbo Trans Am Pace Car
301 cubic inch turbocharged Pontiac V8
Automatic transmission / Turbo-Hydramatic 350
Original, born-with drivetrain
Cameo White and Ontario Gray lacquer paint
Oyster vinyl and Hobnail cloth interior
Factory air conditioning
4-wheel power disc brakes
Original Build Sheet
What happens when you take an old school pony car that's experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity, throw in a rare special edition trim package that's complete with a unique powerplant, and top everything off with one-of-a-kind unrestored status? You get this original, 3856-mile Trans Am Turbo Pace Car! This Pace Car is a choice classic one of only 5,700 cars built to commemorate the first time one marque paced both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 in the same year, this storied coupe is one of the most exclusive Pontiac's ever built.
Thanks to almost four decades of exceptional maintenance, the car presents almost as well today as when it drove off the showroom floor. The Cameo White lacquer dresses a 100% original body that's straight, solid and shows only the smallest of imperfections. On top of that ghost-white pigment, tri-color outlining stripes perfectly complement a 5-color Turbo Bird. Factory-applied Indianapolis 500 door stickers add just enough visual pop to complete the car's striking and official look. And since this Trans Am has never been disassembled, it displays wholly accurate, and surprisingly tight, factory panel alignment.
The 1980 Trans Am Turbo ushered in a new approach to traditional Pontiac performance, and the appearances of Pontiac's wildly successful special edition packages were updated accordingly. At the front of the car, pliable urethane centers familiar Pontiac grilles below a bright arrowhead and pristine headlights that are framed in body-matched buckets. Behind that bumper, a requisite Turbo Hood, ending a decade-long run of top-of-the-line Trans Am Shakers, features an optional 3-light turbo system. At the back of that hood, black-trimmed Soft Ray glass supports mirrored Fisher T-tops. Beneath that greenhouse, Ontario Gray sport mirrors reflect tape-striped door handles and bright edge guards while monochromatic trim spears frame 4-color call-outs, factory fender vents and aggressive wheel spoilers. And at the back of the car, a contoured D80 spoiler hangs a third 4-color call-out above blacked-out taillights and polished side-splitter exhaust tips.
By 1980, at the hands of government-mandated emissions standards, performance had almost been legislated out of existence. That led to innovative and creative powerplants like the turbocharged V8 under this Poncho's turbo-specific hood. All-original, “YL” stamped and “301T” branded, that 301 cubic inch mill makes substantially more twist than the mighty 6.6 liter it replaced, and all while being significantly more efficient. Conceived as an economy offering, the Pontiac 301 was beefed up with a better block design, lower compression pistons, a better cam, a better crank and a unique, single-plane intake in preparation for a Garrett TBO-305 blower. Once that fan was installed, it created a waste-limited 9psi of boost on its way to helping the 301 achieve 236 horsepower and a 345 lb./ft. of torque.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a true collectible Trans Am that is the total package as they say it is only original once.