AutoHunter Spotlight: 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Pace Car

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, 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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