Many reports have said it, but we’ll say it here too. Now is the time to pick up 1980’s and 1990’s-era muscle cars, because, as anyone can see from what is happening with 1970’s-era vehicles, they’re going to start appreciating.
That is, if they’re well taken care of and low mileage examples. Fortunately, what we have here could be a real collector piece, but it will most likely be sold at a very low price. This Pontiac Trans Am GTA embodies the best of third-generation F-body Trans Ams, and the GTA designation makes it even more special.
If you aren’t in the know on what the GTA nameplate signifies, here’s a quick history lesson.
Basically, Pontiac Motor Division saw a gap in F-body sales. The Camaro was riding high with the halo Z/28 and finding plenty of buyers with base models too. What was lacking for the Trans Am, though, was the fit and finish of a proper 2+2 sports car. PMD realized this while researching consumer data, noticing many Trans Ams were outfitted with more features than a Z/28. Although customers were opting for more features, feedback showed the car wasn’t as refined as they’d like. The answer was a sleeker, fully loaded trim. That was the Gran Turismo Americano, and it sat at the top of the Firebird/Trans Am lineup.
So, with that in mind, the GTA you see here only has 68,000 miles and was parked for 14 years where it continues to live out its days under sunny California weather. See the value proposition we’re creating now?
The seller notes also state the 5.7-liter V8 engine was completely overhauled in last year, making this a prime piece to pick up. Keep an eye out for this one at Mecum Kansas City in April, because we smell a future classic.