A 1987 Pontiac Tojan popped up for sale on Craigslist in Florida this week, representing a rare opportunity for General Motors fans to own this obscure piece of Pontiac’s past.
The Pontiac Tojan might look like a custom aftermarket creation or some kind of kit car, but this was actually an official GM product. The automaker, looking to compete with high-priced exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini, commissioned a company called Knudsen Automotive to design and engineer a modified version of the Pontiac Firebird GTA with svelte European styling, upgraded suspension and a mildly upgraded 305 cubic inch V8 engine. The result was the head-turning Tojan – a maximum of 300 of which are believed to have been built between 1985 and 1991.
This Pontiac Tojan Convertible is being sold with a salvage/rebuilt title for $25,000 OBO. It seems to be in decent condition, showing no body damage or major paint imperfections – although the gloss yellow exterior, along with the Tojan hood badge, are looking a little bit faded from all those years spent baking in the Florida sun. The seller says the LB9 Tuned Port Injection 305 V8 engine runs good, though the 700R4 Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission has a slight hesitation in it. This car will also need a new compressor if the new buyer wants the factory air conditioning to work, although the fact this is a convertible could negate the need for working A/C for some owners.
The owner of this rare Pontiac Tojan convertible is not accepting trades for it, so readers looking to get their hands on it should expect to show up with cash in hand. We think $25,000 is a bit steep for a Tojan, however, seeing as a much nicer example with the optional Gale Banks-built supercharged engine sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction back in 2010 for just $16,500.
Check out the Craigslist ad at this link (while it’s still up) for more information and photos of this seldom-seen Pontiac Firebird variant.