1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
- Condition: Used
- Make: Pontiac
- Model: Trans Am
- SubModel: Turbo Indy Pace Car
- Trim: Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car
- Year: 1989
- Mileage: 34,199
- VIN: 1g5fw2174kl247627
- Color: White
- Engine size: V6 Turbo
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Tan
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo Indy Pace Car
I'm selling my 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Indy Pace Car. One of only 1555 ever produced.
34K Miles, ox A actual miles title.
This is a super rare collector car that most people don't even know exists. While prices of the Buick Grand National GNX's are through the roof, ittle do they know that these TTA's are more rare, aster, nd have a better version of the same driveline! Collectors have started to take notice and prices have started to take off. Hagerty value's these at over $30,000! My collector insurance company insured it for $25,000 without me even giving them a number. I know this will be a solid investment but unfortunately I have a business opportunity coming up that I need to thin the herd for, o to speak.
If you don't know, ere is some info on these cars and below I pasted an article about the specs, tc.
This was the fastest production car of 1989! Faster than the Corvette even. Most rare Pontiac to this day. Only 1555 were made. Rated at 250HP and 340TQ to not overshadow the Corvette but when dyno'd, ade over 300HP. I believe they ran the quarter in the 12's stock, nd 0-60 times under 5 seconds. That was FAST for '89! It still feels pretty fast to me actually.
Ok, o the details on this car. I've owned it for a year, nd I had it painted last year but it's not the best paint job. It has a 5 year warranty though. Looks great from a couple feet away but if you know paint then you will see some defects. I also had new decals and emblems put on. They pretty much roughed it up and painted it. It was not stripped to metal and de-trimed. Someone with experience could probably do the fine detailing and make it a lot better but I do not have those skills. Good tires(older though), ew front pads, il and filter, C charge, ood and trunk struts, atch pull down motor, park plugs, ew fuel pump, ew headlight motors, ewer battery, &N air filter serviced, tc. Runs and drives good. Also included is the window sticker, urbo shield, ontiac Historical Society packet on the car with build #, ress releases, 0th Anniversary keychain, sets of keys, nd an original dealer brochure on the car.
The car is NOT perfect. It was in a collectors warehouse in Nevada for some years. I have been fixing it up little by little but there are still small items to finish it. Radio/antenna inop, ower lock on driver's side needs greasing,cruise control inop, asher spray lever cracked, ear hatch key cylinder inop, ouple little oil drips, hocks need replacing, teering wheel has some covering over the top where there was sun damage. Also, hen it's really cold outside you need to let it warm up a minute or two before putting it in gear or the idle goes too low. Once you take off it doesn't do it ever again.
Any questions, ust ask! I have a lot more photos or if you need anything specific I can take them. Thanks for looking! Also, t's recommended to do all your inspections before bidding as once auction ends, ou are expected to pay for item. Thank you, bay fees are not cheap.
Might be open to partial trades plus cash(required).***
Shipping is up to the buyer but I will assist the shipper if I can. Obviously, his is a used car and has no warranty with no returns. Ebay did something weird on my ad and its showing you can use Uship to have it shipped. I'm not familiar with what that is, ut its up to the buyer to pay for and arrange their own shipping. I will assist however I can.
Here is an article on these cars below:
Originally conceived by Bill Owen of Pontiac, he 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am project was outsourced to PAS, nc., n engineering firm led by Jeff Beitzel. Beitzel and his team did most of the TTA development work. The V6 turbo engines were built by PAS at their 40,000 square foot City of Industry, A plant. From there, hey went to GM's plant in Van Nuys, A to be installed into GTAs on the F-Body assembly line. The cars were then shipped back to PAS for final assembly, esting, nd quality control. Incidentally, he GTA chassis were selected at random, hus there is no correlation between VIN number and production sequence number. The actual number of cars to be produced had ranged from 500 to 2,500 until GM finally settled on 1,500. In all, total of 1,555 Turbo TAs were manufactured.
The 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am was offered as a complete package. Each was white with saddle (tan) interior, ith T-tops and leather interior the only available options.
Externally, he TTA closely resembles a GTA. The primary visual clues are Indy "Winged Tire" emblems on the ground effects panel just aft of the front wheel wells, nd dual twin stainless-steel exhaust tips. Closer inspection reveals "Turbo" emblems on the front fenders, 20th Anniversary" emblems on the nose and B-pillar, nd a "Turbo" insignia between the taillights. Inside, turbo boost gauge is incorporated into the tachometer face, nd there is a "20th Anniversary" logo on the leather map pocket. Special Indy Pace Car stickers were supplied for the windshield and doors.
What makes the 20th Anniversary Turbo TA so special is that it is a complete mechanical package, nd not just some tape stripes. Starting with the engine, ontiac borrowed Buick's 3.8 liter (231cid) V6 turbo powerplant from the fabled 1986-87 Grand National. Some difference exist between the TTA motor and the GN version. Different heads were necessary in order to squeeze the motor between the strut towers. These heads, dapted from the transverse FWD version of the 3.8 liter motor, ave the added benefit of improved exhaust flow and combustion chamber design. Subsequently, ifferent pistons were required in order to maintain combustion chamber volume. Other changes to the TTA motor are a cross-drilled crank, arger 12 fin/inch GNX-style intercooler in place of the GN's 10 fin/inch design, pecially-designed stainless-steel headers, igher-pressure Bosch 237 fuel pressure regulator, nd a recalibrated engine control module.
Mark Grable, riting in the March 1989 Motor Trend, oted the Turbo Trans Am's "250 horses...seem much stronger than run-of-the-mill horses." The reason is simple. Although Pontiac officially rated the engine at 250 HP, n reality it developed an honest 301 HP on the GM dyno.
The Turbo TA came with the rare 1LE racing brake package, hich upgrades the front discs to 12 inch police rotors, orvette twin piston aluminum calipers and semi-metallic pads. These brakes are virtually fade proof, nd were installed to legalize the 1LE package for Firehawk endurance racing. The rear discs were also increased to 12 inches in 1989 and use Corvette single piston calipers. All of the brakes on the car are of a quick change design, nd pads can actually be changed in 30 seconds.
The only mid-year change made to the Turbo TA during the entire production run was a redesigned turbo inlet tube. The redesigned plastic tube was more durable, nd had a clamping rib on either end to keep the hoses attached more securely. Other production changes in 1989 affected the Turbo TA and F-bodies in general. As an example, n March 1989 GM switched from glass to Lexan T-tops in order to save weight. However, he Lexan tops had severe problems with scratching and cracking, nd GM had to replace most of them under warranty. During the 1990 production run GM switched back to glass T-tops after having so many problems with the Lexan ones.
Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
The 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am had the honor of being selected as the Official Pace Car of the 73rd Indianapolis 500, eld on May 28, 989. The three cars which did pace car duty were the first in the history of the Indianapolis 500 to do so with no performance modifications whatsoever. The only changes to the car were the usual safety equipment required by Indianapolis Motor Speedway (including a five-point seat belt harness), ace car lighting, nd television-related equipment.
Strobe lights were installed into the front fog lights, ront turn signals, nd side marker lights. An additional set of strobes was inserted into the space between the spoiler and decklid. The rear windows were changed to ones with no defogger grid, o the rear-facing ABC television camera would have a clear view of the track behind.
In addition to three pace cars, n additional 162 "Festival" TTAs were at Indy for VIP and parade duty. All of the cars at Indy, ncluding the three pace cars, ad T-tops and cloth interiors.
Approximately one hundred festival cars were sold to GM employees It was not a raffle, n interested employee simply had to fill out a form indicating they wanted the car at that price. Price was non-negotiable, nd there was no choice of car. These buyers received cars with anywhere from a few hundred to 7,000 miles on them.
As for the three pace cars, ne now resides in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, nother is in the Pontiac collection, nd one was presented to race winner Emerson Fittipaldi. Emerson loves his Turbo TA, hen asked about it he grinned "It's a FAST car!"