1989 Trans Am 20th Anniversary Pace Car. Low Miles, One of 1555 Built!
Art & Speed announces the arrival of this pinnacle of Pontiac performance in the 1980s – the 20th Anniversary Pontiac Turbo GTA Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. The 1989 T/A pace car for the 73rd Indy 500 was the first in history to lead the field that didn’t require any mechanical modifications to keep it out front. For anyone growing up pre-’90s, this was probably the most iconic Trans Am behind the “Bandit” of the late-’70s, but it was even rarer.
With only 1,555 units built, the street version of the Indy 500 T/A pace car only came in white with tan interior and sported the same performance options of the actual pace car. At the time, lacking a V8 under the hood, it wasn’t lauded as a muscle car. Instead, it borrowed a modified-iteration of the Buick V6 turbo from the GNX platform that was an avid performer on the street. Lost through the years, the T/A version was actually superior to its Buick brethren probably because GM under-reported the performance numbers. But collectors are finally starting to give it the appreciation it rightly deserves.
This particular T/A is a garage-kept, well-maintained, and cared-for example, showing a mere 25,000 on the odometer. Close inspection does show some signs of its age around the emblem areas, but otherwise, this is a timepiece!
Sitting behind the wheel of this one, you’ll discover it is a turn-key drivable collector car. All of the factory components are in place and working, including the GTA gauge with the Boost gauge. The frame and body are rust free and in good condition. All of the glass is also in good condition with the windows and mirrors operating as they should. The rear louvers are not just for style, they help keep the interior cool as well. Fitted with Newer Fuzion Zr1 tires, the factory wheels are in great shape. The Factory 12-inch rotors up front and 11.7-inch’ rotors in the rear are in good condition, working as expected.
Stepping inside is a step back to the ’80s. The full steering wheel controls give you a cockpit feel while driving. All controls work as they should, though an aftermarket Jensen radio is a significant improvement over the factory sound. The power leather seats are working as they should, with only the driver’s side showing wear, as seen in the photos. The headliner, door panels, and center console are in excellent condition, showing no signs of wear. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, carpet, and shifter show minor wear as expected with a 30-year old car.
If you were like most of us, you wanted one of these Trans Am pace cars the minute you saw it out in front of the field at Indy. This 1989 Pontiac Trans Am pace car is a fantastic low-mileage time capsule ready to take you back to your youth.
Location: Collierville, Tennessee, United States
See listing: 1989 Pontiac Trans Am Indy Pace Car. Low Miles, One of 1555 Built! (from December 5, 2020)