1989 Pontiac Turbo trans AM 20th Anniversary Indy 500 Edition


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Special PAS Inc. Built Turbocharged & Intercooled 3.8 litre V6 Engine - Original Number's Matching - (20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am Package)

Indianapolis 500 Package - Badging & Decals

Automatic Overdrive Transmission

Gold Honeycomb T/A Wheels

Rear Spoiler

4-Wheel-Disc Brakes (1LE Racing Brake Package)

WS-6 Performance Suspension Package

Air Conditioning / Heat

Power Rack & Pinion Steering

Tilt Steering Column

Camel Tan Cloth Interior

Power Windows & Power Locks

Power Mirrors

Rear Defrost

Glass T-Top Roof Panels & T-Top Bags

AM/FM Delco ETR Cassette Stereo with Graphic Equalizer & Redundant Steering Wheel Controls

Original Factory Brochures / Owner's Box & Contents / Owners Manuals / Indy 500 Promotional Material / Owner's Paperwork / Photographs / Binder Full of Material on 1989 Turbo T/As & the 1989 Indy 500 Race 


Texas Classic Cars of Dallas is proud to showcase this beautiful low mileage original 20th Anniversary 1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo. These special cars had the distinction of being selected as the official pace car of the 73rd Indianapolis 500, held on May 28th, 1989. In addition to being one of 1,555 Turbo T/A's produced, this is one of only 162 "Festival" Turbo T/As actually at the Indy 500 race for VIP and parade duty. Part of what makes the 20th Anniversary Turbo T/A special is that it was a full mechanical package, not just decals. We have extensive documentation from new including original owner's manual, promotional material, Indy 500 video, brochures, and negatives from the 1989 Indianapolis 500 race with Bobby Unser, believed to be driving this very Trans Am in the photographs. This car has logged less than 35,000 original miles according to the documentation and owner. It is in excellent original condition both cosmetically and mechanically.

The Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum is a fitting location for our photo shoot of this low-flier. Be sure and visit the historic Flight Museum if you find yourself in Dallas, Texas. Texas Classic Cars of Dallas' showroom is located only minutes away. This low mileage example of the '89 Turbo 20th Anniversary T/A has been garage-kept and babied from day 1 and it shows. This is just a great car and an appreciating investment. The 20th Anniversary Turbo T/A was initially conceived by Mr. Bill Owen of Pontiac, however the project was outsourced to PAS Inc, an engineering firm led by Jeff Beitzel. Beitzel and his team were responsible for much of the development work that went into this car. The GTA chassis' selected were random and there is no correlation between VIN numbers and production sequence numbers. T-Tops and leather interior would be the only available options.

This is a well-documented 20th Anniversary Turbo T/A that will come with an array of factory documentation. We have stacks of paperwork and receipts pertaining to this Trans Am. The heart of the Turbo T/A is the Grand National derived turbocharged & intercooled 3.8 litre V6 factory rated at 250 horsepower. This rating was a joke, in reality these engines made an honest 301 horsepower on the GM dyno. Interestingly, these were improved versions of the Grand National's V6 with different cylinder heads. These better flowing heads were utilized to fit between the stock strut towers. Different pistons were also required in order to maintain combustion chamber volume. Other changes to the Turbo Trans Am motor include a special cross-drilled crank, larger GNX type 12 fin intercooler, specially designed stainless steel headers, a higher pressure Bosch regulator, and a re-calibrated engine control module. This example displays its number's matching original drivetrain. The engine compartment itself is detailed and in great shape.

These are some of the negatives from the 1989 Indianapolis 500 race. Original Turbo T/A owners were sent a special box containing the door and window stickers, a Turbo TA keychain, cassette tape, letter of congratulations, and a leather owner's manual cover. We have full documentation for this car, including this box and all mentioned contents, original warranty information (expired) and service manuals. All of the 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am cars came in white with camel interior, either vinyl or cloth. These were all well optioned cars. The only additional options you could order were T-Tops and leather interior. This example displays its original camel cloth in excellent condition front to back.

This is a very well appointed car with all of the options you would expect. The dash and instruments are in excellent condition. All of the factory features are functional including the stereo, power windows, locks, defrost, etc. The air conditioning blows cold and the heat blows hot. The back seating has seldom if ever been used. These are the protective T-Top bags & straps for the glass tops. The power windows and mirrors work correctly. Slide the shift lever to drive and press the gas to the floor. These are fast cars, known to approach 150 mph. Emerson Fittapaldi was presented with his own Turbo T/A on winning the 1989 Indy 500. When asked about it in an interview he grinned , " Its a FAST car!"

The AM/FM Delco stereo needs its code entered and will work. It is in "Loc" status. Although other Trans Ams could be ordered with a CD player, The 20th Anniversary Turbo T/A only came with the Delco ETR cassette stereo with redundant steering wheel controls. All of the gauges are functional including the odometer, speedometer, tachometer, boost gauge, fuel gauge, voltage gauge, and temperature gauge. The original option identification (RPO) decal is shown above. This is a well-optioned Turbo T/A! The factory paint is fading a bit on the original rear spoiler. The body paint condition remains very good to excellent throughout. The headlights work correctly. The honeycomb wheels feature the WS6 performance suspension wheel covers. There is little doubt that this car means business with all of its scoops, emblems, and decals.

The glass T-Tops are in excellent condition. An interesting footnote is GM using Lexan T-Tops for a few of these cars. The Lexan tops were so problematic, that GM ended up replacing most of them for warranty work. There are functional cooling ducts for the turbocharger. The Turbo T/A also received a larger GNX type 12-fin intercooler in lieu of the 10-fin unit. The undercarriage is simply in excellent condition, indicative of the low mileage original condition of this Trans Am. The flooring, exhaust, frame, suspension, etc. reflect the low mileage. This is  garage-kept vehicle that is never driven in anything but fair weather and it shows. This is a show quality survivor.