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1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo Pace Car

17,983 Actual Mile Trans Am Pace Car Turbo 4.9 Liter
Stock #
132740
Body Style
Coupe
Engine
4.9 Liter Turbo
Exterior Color
White
Interior Color
Oyster
Miles
17983

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1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo Pace Car White For Sale
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  • 17,983 original miles
  • Turbocharged 301 V8
  • 1 of 5,700 pace cars
  • TH350 3-speed auto
  • Unrestored survivor
  • Original build sheet

Clean, second generation Pontiac Trans Ams have been on the upward swing for years as collectors and childhood fans alike realize an excellent long term investment opportunity and a chance to re-live their younger years. It seems we’re always fielding calls asking when we’ll have another ‘specialty bird’ and when we do post one to our website, it heads down the highway faster than Burt Reynolds with a case of Coors. And what’s NOT to love about a hotter version of the last true muscle car on the planet; it’s a loud and proud tribute to the ‘golden age’ or cars from a maverick division which no longer exists. As one of only 5,700 cars built to commemorate the first time one car paced both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 in the same year, this all original 1980 Trans Am Turbo Pace Car is one of the most exclusive Trans Ams ever built. If you’re a savvy classic car buyer who is looking for an awesome car that you can spend a little money on now and get a big return on later, here’s your chance!

Before we go any further, I’d like to break down the optional equipment listed on the original build sheet included with the sale:

  • AK1 – Color matched seat belts
  • AU3 – Power door locks
  • A01 – Soft Ray tinted glass
  • A31 – Power windows
  • A90 – Remote control decklid release
  • BS1 – Additional acoustical insulation
  • B18 – Custom trim group (deluxe interior bits)
  • B22 – Door emblems (standard with power windows)
  • B77 – Black front windshield molding
  • B82 – Trunk emblem delete
  • B89 – Black rear windshield molding
  • B93 – Door edge guards
  • B97 – Front and rear wheel spoilers
  • CC1 – Removable roof
  • CD4 – Controlled cycle windshield wipers
  • C49 – Electric rear window defogger
  • C60 – Custom air conditioning
  • D35 – Sport mirrors with left hand remote
  • D53 – Hood bird decal
  • D80 – Rear decklid spoiler
  • D92 – Door handle tape
  • GU4 – 3.08 rear axle
  • G80 – Safe-T-Trac axle
  • JL1 – Pedal trim package
  • J65 – Rear disc brakes
  • K15 – Vapor return line
  • K30 – Cruise control
  • K73 – 70 amp heavy duty alternator
  • LU8 – 301 4-barrel turbo engine
  • M33 – 3-speed automatic transmission
  • NK3 – Formula steering wheel
  • N10 – Dual exhaust
  • N33 – Tilt steering wheel
  • N65 – Stowaway spare tire
  • N89 – Turbo aluminum rims
  • QGR – 2.25 × 15 raised white letter tires
  • TR9 – Lamp group (floor, glove compartment and trunk courtesy lamps)
  • TT5 – Halogen head lamps
  • T47 – Turbo hood
  • T93 – Black tail lamps
  • UM6 – Signal seek cassette player with upgraded speakers
  • UQ3 – Power antenna booster
  • UR4 – Turbo hood gauge
  • UX6 – Dual front speakers
  • UN9 – Radio accommodation package
  • U17 – I/P gauges (tachometer and clock)
  • U25 – Trunk light
  • U27 – Glovebox light
  • U29 – Courtesy light
  • U75 – Power antenna
  • WS4 – Trans Am
  • WS6 – Trans Am special performance package
  • YR1 – Custom front seats
  • YS1 – Custom rear seats
  • YT1 – Door and quarter trim
  • Y85 – Turbo pace car
  • 12C – Oyster cloth interior
  • 16X – Charcoal Gray mix
  • 11L – White exterior paint
  • 11P – White wheels
  • 16M – Gray accents

Produced at GMs Norwood, Ohio assembly plant and delivered to Barnett Pontiac in Dearborn, Michigan, this meticulously maintained 1980 Trans Am Turbo Pace Car is one of the cleanest survivor second generation F-bodies we’ve ever offered. Thanks to three decades of loving owners and a little bit of good luck, its original body panels present extremely well and still carry that highly desirable showroom fresh fit and finish. On top of those 100% original body panels, a smooth and subdued coat of GM code 11 Cameo White combines with an original set of tri-color outlining stripes and a great looking five color ‘turbo bird’ hood decal to create a classic muscle car look which is out of this world!

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. Up front, the cars slick and pliable urethane front bumper houses instantly identifiable Pontiac split grilles below four pristine headlights in new body matched surrounds. Behind that front bumper, a new ‘turbo hood’ that ended a decade long run of top-of-the-line shaker hood equipped Trans Ams features a left facing firebird decal and an optional three light turbo system. At the car’s greenhouse, pristine Soft Ray tinted glass sits below mirror tinted Fisher T-tops that seal well and look great. On the front fenders, four-color “Trans Am” scripts sit under fender-mounted air extractors with body matched metal inserts and on the doors, GM code 84 Ontario Gray sport mirrors sit above chrome GM door handles and correct rear wheel air deflectors. At the back of the car, a correct black trimmed backlight sits over a contoured rear decklid spoiler that features another pristine four color “Trans Am” script; and a showroom fresh blacked-out tail light panel hangs above correct Firebird exclusive side splitter stainless exhaust tips and a second good looking urethane bumper which displays an original Barnett dealership decal.

Thanks to increasing emissions standards and the 1978 oil crisis General Motors had to seriously re-think its performance vehicles, and that led to some innovative and very creative powerplants. Under this Trans Ams “Turbo” stamped hood you’ll find an all original Pontiac code YL turbocharged 301 V8 that made substantially more twist than the mighty 6.6 liter it replaced while being significantly more efficient. Originally conceived as an economy offering, the Pontiac 301 was beefed up with a better block design, thicker gaskets, lower compression pistons, a mild camshaft, a rolled fillet crank, a fully baffled oil pan, a unique single plane intake and an electronic spark controller in preparation for a Garrett TBO-305 turbocharger. Once the turbo was installed, it created a waste limited 9 PSI of boost and helped the reborn 301 achieve 236 horsepower and a serious 345 lb./ft. of torque. Riding below a factory installed heat shield that prevents the paint on the car’s hood from bubbling, that Garrett blower is fed by a high pressure fuel pump, cooled by a high pressure oil pump and breathes through turbo specific exhaust manifolds. Below the turbo, a YL 301 specific Rochester Quadrajet M4ME 800 CFM carburetor sits in front of an original HEI distributor which sends power to the cylinders through blue plug wires. All the hard parts around the motor, from the belt driven accessories to the brake booster and turbo mandated C51 air conditioning are factory original pieces, and all the belts and hoses appear to be in good working order. As far as appearance goes, the car’s clean engine bay and hood are covered in a nice coat of GM satin black which contrasts well to the entirely painted GM corporate blue engine.

Underneath this Trans Am, a clean 31 year old undercarriage tells the story of excellent caretaking with great looking floor pans that are as solid as when they left the factory and a correctly tagged Safe-T-Trac rear end that still maintains its factory 3.08 gears. Behind the motor, the cars original tough and proven Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission sends power to an original 10 bolt rear axle, and a standard WS6 handling package. For 1980, the WS6 package included larger sway bars, better shocks and springs, a tighter steering gear box and newly designed power front and rear disc brakes that, when combined with the cars standard power steering, made for serious handling ability and greatly reduced stopping distances. In the middle of the floor pans, the cars original dual exhaust system carries spent gases past a fresh stainless fuel tank, and all of the cars hardware and bushings appear to be in good working order. Power flows to the pavement through ORIGINAL 225/70 white letter Goodyear Polysteel radials that are mounted to exclusive 15 inch ‘turbo’ style body matched aluminum wheels which feature slick machined edges and pristine plastic center caps.

Inside this Trans Am, a fully equipped Oyster interior features optional doeskin vinyl with hobnail cloth inserts which create a sophisticated appearance that builds on 1980s increasing list of luxury options. The firm and comfortable seats are nicely patterned pieces that feel every bit as comfortable as they look, and the original brown carpet shows very little wear. Between the seats, a clean gray console houses chrome switches for the cars power windows behind an engine turned shift plate, and above the seats, a stain free headliner is stretched tight around the cars mirrored tops. In front of the driver, an excellent looking engine turned dash houses crystal clear gauges above controls for heat and air conditioning and the cars exclusive Delco-GM seek/scan stereo cassette player. At the sides of the seats, excellent Oyster door panels that feature bright ‘turbo bird’ embroidery are detailed in pristine stainless trim and chrome door handles and door lock buttons. Connecting the driver to the road is a correct formula steering wheel that features a gray rim and sits on an optional tilt steering column, and out back, the cars pristine trunk still has its original decals and carries the cars original stowaway spare tire.

Included with this sale is an original build sheet, the cars original owner’s manual and warranty booklets, the cars original 30 day tag and an original Barnett Pontiac inspection sheet from when the car was purchased new.

High quality second generation Trans Ams are red-hot right now, with the value of clean, unique factory correct cars climbing steadily each year. Enthusiasts are turning to these cars to round out their collections, or building entire collections around them because of fond childhood memories. With its clean turbocharged motor, fantastic interior and low original miles, this has to be one of the nicest Trans Am Turbo Pace Cars available anywhere. Opportunity is knocking!

Basic

Year
1980
Make
Pontiac
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Firebird
Secondary Model
Trans Am Turbo Pace Car
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Muscle Car
Mileage
17983

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
4.9 Liter Turbo
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
n/a
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
n/a
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Cassette
Battery Location
RH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
no
Battery Charger
no
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Oyster
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
White
Paint Type
n/a
Stripes
Yes

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Coil Spring
Rear Suspension Type
Transverse leaf spring
Axle Specification
3.08
Front Wheel Specification
15x8"
Rear Wheel Specification
15x8"
Front Tire Specification
225/70R15
Rear Tire Specification
225/70R15
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Spare
Spacesaver 15"
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Original Equipment

History

Restoration Status
n/a
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
Original Broadcast Sheet, Original Dealer Checklist, Original books & manuals, Original 30 day tag.

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