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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Pace Car

2,150-mile F-body is welcome at Indy and Daytona


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Pace Car. The limited-edition Firebird was originally sold in Canada and shows 3,460 kilometers (2,150 miles). Built to commemorate both the 1980 Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 races, all were powered by a turbocharged 4.9-liter V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. According to the build sheet, this F-body was originally delivered to Smyl Motors Ltd. in St. Paul, Alberta. Equipment includes T-tops, power windows, Delco AM/FM stereo with cassette, and more. Finished in white with multicolor accents over an off-white vinyl and cloth interior, this Trans Am comes with documentation, owner’s booklets, T-top bags, original pace car decals with instructions, and Canadian registration.

The Cameo White body is accented with silver trim, red and black striping, and black/silver/gray/red “Screaming Chicken” hood graphic. Other features include front and rear fender flares, rear spoiler and exhaust splitters.

The original color-keyed 15-inch aluminum wheels are wrapped in the original 225/70 Goodyear Polysteel Radial white-letter tires.

The cockpit features Oyster vinyl and cloth high-back bucket seats with matching rear buckets. The instrument panel is trimmed with engine-turned aluminum. Amenities include air conditioning, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt steering column, tinted glass, rear defroster, and power decklid with space-saver tire in the trunk.

Instrumentation includes a 140-kmh speedometer, 6,000-rpm tachometer, hood-mounted boost indicators, clock and gauges for the fuel level, coolant temperature, oil pressure and voltage.

The turbocharged 4.9-liter V8 was rated at 210 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque when new. Interestingly, per the built sheet, this Trans Am came factory-equipped with an engine block heater. The three-speed “M33” automatic transmission is backed by a 3.08:1 Positraction rear end.

The chassis features Pontiac’s Radial Tuned Suspension. Steering is power-assisted. Power disc brakes can be found on all four corners.

The auction for this 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Pace Car ends on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 4:40 p.m. (PDT)

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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