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Pick of the Day: 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Neo-classic American muscle with tasteful upgrades


Right out of the box, the Firebird was already known to be a competent performance car. But some enthusiasts have taken things to another level with engine, chassis, and tire upgrades for a heightened driving experience.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Elburn, Illinois. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Are you ready to own a piece of American muscle car history?” the listing begins. “This 1988 Pontiac Trans Am is a true gem, boasting only 57,950 miles on the odometer and a list of carefully-selected performance modifications that will make your heart race.”

Produced alongside its badge-engineered sibling, the Camaro, the Firebird has become a favorite for collectors and enthusiasts. It evolved through four distinct generations, beginning in 1967 and culminating in the 1993 through 2002 iteration as shown here. New additions to the model for its final span of production included anti-lock brakes, standard dual air bags, rack-and-pinion power steering, and modernized aesthetics. Within the Firebird model lineup was the Trans Am version – essentially a package that combined engine and chassis upgrades for a sportier appearance and higher performance.

This black 25-year-old Firebird still looks relatively fresh today, thanks to excellent stewardship. “This Trans Am has been meticulously maintained and cared for throughout its life. Garage-kept and ran twice a year to ensure that it runs smoothly and reliably,” the seller says.

A stock 1998 Trans Am was rated at 305 horsepower from the 5.7-liter small-block V8 motor, and transmissions were available in manual or automatic forms. This car comes configured as a four-speed automatic, and the seller has listed some of the performance upgrades that were installed to achieve a dyno rating of 328 horsepower. The key ingredients are a set of SLP long tube headers, an SLP three-inch Y-pipe with high-flow catalytic converters, and an MTI induction lid for enhanced air flow and breathing. Putting the power to the pavement is a new set of grippy Nitto NTI555RIII tires.

“Don’t miss your chance to own this outstanding 1998 Pontiac Trans Am. It’s a true enthusiast’s dream, combining low mileage, performance upgrades, and classic American muscle,” the listing concludes.

The asking price is $24,900 for this next-level F-body muscle car.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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