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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1989 Pontiac Firebird Pace Car Edition

Car is one of 1,555 produced for the 20th anniversary year


Up for auction on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is a 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo “Indy Pace Car Edition”

“This 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo Indy Pace Car Edition has accrued 71,624 miles since new and is one of 1,555 of the  20th Anniversary Pace Car editions produced for the year,” AutoHunter notes in the listing. “That number is further narrowed to one of 1,324 outfitted from the factory with removable glass T-tops and a leather interior.”

Firebird, AutoHunter Spotlight: 1989 Pontiac Firebird Pace Car Edition, ClassicCars.com Journal

Under the hood is the original turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine that was rebuilt by the prior owner at 57,000 miles and was upgraded with JE pistons and Crane roller cam among the numerous performance improvements.

The engine is paired with a rebuilt four-speed automatic transmission with a shift kit and the power goes to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential. 

The car was repainted in its original white and the livery was replaced. This Firebird features glass T-Tops, front fog lamps and a fiberglass rear spoiler.

The Camel leather interior features front bucket seats that are complemented by the black dashboard. and matching center console. 

This Pontiac’s auction ends on December 10 at 11:00 a.m. MST and the sale includes storage bags for the T-Tops. 


  1. Fastest American Production car of the 1980s when stock. Has better flowing Pontiac heads with larger valves, higher rocker arm ratio and higher boost than the Grand Nationals. TTAs came with the GNX intercooler too.. When stock, these engines made more torque than some (not all) of the big blocks of the 1960s. But this engine isn’t stock – its much better! Has a larger turbocharger, K&N air cleaner, LS1 or LT1 MAF, aftermarket fuel pressure regulator and probably a lot more to go with that. Note the black strap used to keep engine torque from pulling apart the driver’s side engine mount.


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