Earlier today GM Authority featured an ultra-low mileage 1987 Camaro IROC-Z. Since then, the 1980s called and wanted equal F-body parity, so we found this 1989 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am with even lower mileage on eBay.
The Turbo Trans Am is special because it’s the only year in which the turbo Buick 3.8L V6 was used after Buick discontinued its RWD Regal after 1987. It was rated at 250 horsepower, which was five more than the previous Grand National motor. Additionally, the Turbo Trans Am was named as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500, giving it extra cache. The only other alternative for Pontiac fans was the 350ci Trans Am GTA or the “regular” 305ci Trans Am, which simply didn’t compare considering the buff books felt the Turbo Trans Am was America’s fastest-production car with 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, the quarter-mile jaunt in 13.4 seconds, and a top speed of 162 mph. They suggested that real-world horsepower was much closer to 300 based on the performance figures. All told, 1,550 Turbo Trans Ams (including 5 pre-production cars) were built, all white with beige interiors.
When one bought a Turbo Turbo Trans Am, he/she were sent a special box containing pace car door decals, a Turbo Trans Am keychain, cassette tape, and a leather-bound owner’s manual cover. This car on eBay comes with those items, but what’s most mind-blowing is the 310 original miles and the original tires. In addition to three pace cars, an additional 162 “Festival” Turbo Trans Ams were at Indy for VIP and parade duty; this car was one of the Festival cars used at the track in Indy, making it even more collectible. In total, only 187 cars came with T-tops and cloth interiors, which is one of the rarer combinations, although the rarest are the 40 cars were built without T-tops, 15 with the cloth interior. For $35,950, is it a better value than the IROC we wrote about? When it comes to speed and desirability, it just may be.