• Documented Turbo Trans Am survivor that's logged only 617 miles / 1 of only 1,555 TTAs produced
  • Original 3.8 liter turbocharged V6
  • Original Turbo-Hydramatic 200 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Original White paint / Optional T-tops / Sale includes original Pace Car decals
  • Original Medium Beechwood interior / Optional leather trim
  • Sale includes original dealer documents and the car's 20th Anniversary Pace Car Kit
  • Correct 16-inch diamond spoke wheels
  • Correct WS6 Special Performance Suspension
  • Correct 1LE 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • Correct power steering

By this point you've probably realized RK Motors Charlotte employs quite a few diehard Pontiac fans. After all, RKM does attract people who bleed 100 octane racing fuel, and Pontiac, at its core, was fully dedicated to selling outrageous metal to serious gearheads. So naturally, we can't help but melt like a hot tire in a staging lane when we find an awesome classic like this documented, 617-mile Turbo Trans Am. Fully optioned and incredibly preserved, this pristine Pace Car is 1 of only 1,555 TTAs produced and, by extension, 1 of only 1,555 Trans Ams fitted with V6 power. And whether you're looking for a unique collector car that has some serious upside, or just a choice ride to cruise to Radwood, it's your chance to become the king of cool!


Capitalizing on two decades of excellent sales, and record promotion of its reinvigorated branding, Pontiac kicked off the Trans Am's 20th model year with a replica of their coveted Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. In addition to functional and, by Pontiac standards, conservative aesthetics, the car featured a bolder version of Buick's buff turbocharged 3800 V6. And, like its GNX predecessor, the Turbo Trans Am punched way above its class, clocking 60 MPH in 4.6 seconds on the way to an artificially limited 162 MPH top speed.

Perfected by Prototype Automotive Services, the same company that birthed GMC's insane Syclones and Typhoons, this clean Pontiac's factory-accurate appearance is simply spectacular. The car's geometric body has, as suggested by CARFAX, been pampered and stored its entire 29 years. And, based on appearance, everything from its original paint to its subdued call-outs looks as good as the day it rolled out of the showroom. Speaking of bolt-ons, the Turbo Trans Am package borrowed much of its pony car chic from the delightfully factious Trans Am Gran Turismo Americano. At the front of this coupe, a straight GTA bumper hangs bright GTA fog lamps beneath an ornate 20th Anniversary header emblem. At the sides of that emblem, “PONTIAC” branded headlights fold neatly under a functional GTA hood. At the sides of that hood, functional GTA skirts found correct Indianapolis Motor Speedway badging under painted mirrors, color-keyed door handles and correct, dealer-installed “TURBO TRANS AM” badging. Above those insignias, optional T-tops cap factory-tint glass and stylish 20th Anniversary B-pillar emblems. At the back of the car, a GTA decklid centers an aerodynamic spoiler over polished exhaust tips and themed GTA taillights. And, in case you're wondering, this Pontiac's original door and windshield decals ARE included with our sale.


The heart of any muscle car is its engine, and this Firebird's bold “TURBO” monikers are not to be taken lightly. Introduced as the Fireball, and eventually renamed the 3800, Buick's stalwart, 231 cubic inch V6 utilized turbos, superchargers and continuous improvements to remain one of General Motors' core powerplants for close to 50 years. In addition to compounding tweaks accrued during the life of the Grand National series, the original 3800 behind this coupe's stock car-like bumper benefits from significant mechanical improvements. For starters, Pontiac bolted the reliable Garret turbo found in Buick's Grand National to the larger, 12-fin intercooler found in Buick's GNX. That induction feeds TTA-specific heads, which, in addition to addressing packaging issues, achieve better flow than traditional Grand National units. Under those heads, a cross drilled crank pushes dished pistons to create turbo-friendly 8 to 1 compression. A Bosch 237 fuel pressure regulator nicely complements stainless headers. And high performance engine calibration ensures everything plays well together. To preserve Team Corvette's bragging rights, the engine is officially rated at 250 horsepower and 340 lb./ft. of torque. However, as confirmed by blistering performance tests peppered through several periodicals, the mill actually produces close to 300 horsepower and 400 lb./ft. of torque. And that's before factoring any easy aftermarket upgrades. Presently, this Poncho's low-mileage powerplant is 100% stock inside and out, featuring lucid ancillaries that are barely broken in. Everything, from its finned valve covers to its correct 25526109 casting number, appears to be in showroom-fresh condition. And one glance at our pictures reinforces the fact that this 'bird certainly hasn't seen anything more than carefully planned miles.


Under this third generation Trans Am, a trusty Turbo-Hydramatic 200 4-speed spins a familiar 10-bolt axle. Under that first-class drivetrain, a PAS-tuned WS6 Suspension makes excellent use of heavy duty sway bars, upgraded shocks and upgraded struts. Unrestrained, TTAs were probably legitimate 180 MPH sports coupes. But the factory knew the limitations of the Trans Am's transmission, and wisely chose to reign in the fun long before peak velocity. Speaking of brakes and the like, Pace Cars came standard with GM's proven 1LE Brake Package, which bundles quick-change pads with 12-inch, Police-spec rotors and power-assisted Corvette calipers. Modern power steering makes cornering easy and turning a cinch. At the corners, attractive GTA alloys spin WS6 center caps inside 245/50ZR16 Goodyear Eagle ZR50s. And, aesthetically, the bottom of this Pontiac is clean and correct, from its baffled fuel tank all the way to its high performance exhaust.


When it comes to interior décor, Pontiac's '80s team was firing on all eight cylinders. While some might consider this coupe's gold embellishments a tad overkill, and its horsepower rating relatively modest, there's no disputing the beauty of its design. Naturally, there's a roster of requisite convenience features, including power windows, power locks, climate control, Cruise Control and a tilt steering column. Optional leather buckets front GTA and TTA-exclusive split rear seats. Opposite those seats, delightfully '80s gauges, complete with a small boost inset, inhabit a blocky dash that's free of warps and cracks. Below that dash, a factory console frames a short T-handle shifter. In front of the driver, a leather-wrapped Sport Steering Wheel cages redundant audio controls. And behind the passengers, a shaded hatch seems big enough to abet weekend travel.


Here's a quick look at this Trans Am's VIN and Jamb Sticker.

VIN: 1G5FW2179KL240446

* 1: USA
* G: General Motors
* 5: Pontiac (digit unique to Turbo Trans Ams)
* F: F-Body
* W: Trans Am
* 2: 2-door coupe (hatchback)
* 1: Manual belts
* 7: 231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 that's complete with sequential fuel injection
* 9: Check digit
* K: 1989 model year
* L: Assembled in Van Nuys, California
* 240446: Production Sequence Number


* AAA: Manually adjustable 4-way driver's seat
* AM9: Split rear seats with folding backs
* AQ9: Reclining driver and front passenger seats
* AU3: Power door locks
* A31: Power windows
* A90: Remote control hatch release
* BC8: Driver's map pocket
* B20: Custom interior trim
* B84: Bodyside moldings
* CC1: Glass removable roof panels
* C49: Electric rear window defogger
* C60: Air conditioning
* DC4: Rearview mirror that's complete with reading lamps
* DE4: Sunshade for removable hatch roof
* DG7: Power outside mirrors that are painted body color
* D42: Rear hatch security shade
* D81: Aero wing deck spoiler
* D9Z: Gear-speedo driven, selection not required
* E5Z: Speedometer adapter delete
* E7Z: Unknown
* E9Z: Speedometer key delete
* FE2: Ride Handling Suspension System
* GW6: 3.27 gears
* G80: Posi-traction limited-slip differential
* IL2: Fisher Body trim code
* J65: 4-wheel power disc brakes
* K09: 120-amp generator
* K34: Cruise Control
* LC2: High output 3.8 liter turbocharged V6
* MW9: Turbo-Hydramatic 200 4-speed automatic transmission
* MX0: Merchandised as an automatic transmission car
* NA5: Federal emissions system
* NK4: Sport leather steering wheel that's complete with radio controls
* N64: Aluminum spare wheel with Space Saver spare tire
* PW7: 16x8 aluminum diamond spoke wheels
* QLC: P245/50ZR16 black letter radial tires
* R6A: Control Sales Item 1
* TR9: Lamp Group
* T93: Special tail and stop lamps
* T96: Fog lamps
* UF6: Console courtesy lamp
* UK3: Accessory control electronics system
* UQ1: Radio provisions for stereo
* UT1: Warning tone generator
* UT4: AM/FM radio with cassette player, touch control and steering wheel controls
* U2D: Instrument cluster with oil pressure, coolant temperature, voltage meter and a trip odometer
* U25: Rear compartment courtesy lamp
* U29: Instrument panel courtesy lamp
* U62: Dual coaxial speaker system
* U75: Power antenna
* VAN: Assembled in Van Nuys, California
* V73: Fixed antenna
* WS4: Trans Am package
* WS6: Special Performance Package
* WW1: White Aero 1 Appearance Package
* W62: Aero package ornamentation
* Y82: Merchandised as a Firebird Formula Package
* Y84: Merchandised as a Trans Am Package
* 1SZ: Preferred equipment savings
* 11Q: White exterior molding
* 40U: White paint
* 52P: Gold Metallic wheel paint
* 6XX: Computer selected left front spring
* 66I: Medium Beechwood trim
* 662: Leather Medium Beechwood trim
* 669: Medium Beechwood seatbelts
* 7XX: Computer selected right front spring
* 8NL: Computer selected left rear spring
* 9NL: Computer selected right rear spring



* Vintage marketing literature
* A Dealer Inspection Checklist
* A dealer mirror tag
* The car's 20th Anniversary Pace Car Kit
* -- An original Owner's Manual
* -- Original factory accessory literature
* -- An introductory cassette tape
* -- A complimentary keychain
* -- The aforementioned door and windshield decals
* A letter of congratulations from Pontiac
* Period-correct magazines that feature 20th Anniversary Pace Car articles
* Miscellaneous literature about the car and its Buick Grand National counterparts
* Miscellaneous service receipts
* The car's T-top storage bag
* A wheel lock kit

If your definition of classic Detroit muscle is a highly accurate, beautifully presented, meticulously crafted Pontiac, it's your lucky day! This Turbo Trans Am is fast, rare, impressive and highly desirable. So, what are you waiting for? Don't miss your chance to take home a fine example of a uniquely cool pony car!



* Documented Turbo Trans Am survivor that's logged only 617 miles / 1 of only 1,555 TTAs produced
* Original 3.8 liter turbocharged V6
* Original Turbo-Hydramatic 200 4-speed automatic transmission
* Original White paint / Optional T-tops / Sale includes original Pace Car decals
* Original Medium Beechwood interior / Optional leather trim
* Sale includes original dealer documents and the car's 20th Anniversary Pace Car Kit
* Correct 16-inch diamond spoke wheels
* Correct WS6 Special Performance Suspension
* Correct 1LE 4-wheel power disc brakes
* Correct power steering

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