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    1980 Pontiac Trans Am Indy 500 Pace Car Special Edition

    Consignment #: 7030 Sign In to View Price


    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 18th – 20th, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Although the American V-8 performance car was virtually extinct by 1975 with even Chevrolet’s Camaro Z/28 dropped that year, Pontiac’s F-Body Firebird actually enjoyed growing popularity thanks to its powerful engines, outstanding handling, and bold styling. Strong street performance and countless racing victories solidified the growing legend, which reached a fever pitch by 1979 when the Firebird achieved all-time record sales. On the big screen, the Firebird Trans Am stole the show in 1977 with Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds’ classic Smokey and the Bandit, followed by the equally popular 1980 sequel, featuring a brand new 301 Turbo-powered T/A. Little wonder then, that the Trans Am was a natural choice to pace the 1980 edition of the legendary Indianapolis ‘500’ race. Capitalizing on this huge promotional opportunity, Pontiac’s product managers developed the Pace Car Replica Special Edition Trans Am, loaded with factory options.

    This ultra-rare, museum-quality example has accumulated just 96 original miles at the time of writing. Offered “as-delivered” with all original assembly records, delivery documents, a copy of the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin and the window sticker is still attached. A true “time warp” example, this 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition Indianapolis ‘500’ Pace Car replica is quite likely the finest, most original and correct example in the world. All services are current and new tires are fitted, with the originals preserved and still with the vehicle. Factory features and options are staggering and cover every aspect of the car. Including all options and destination charges, this particular Trans Am’s window sticker showed a price of $11,894.52 – only a well-equipped Corvette was more expensive for 1980.

    Incredibly well-documented and worthy of display in the finest collections, this vehicle has most importantly been ultra-carefully cared for, conserved, and preserved in a fully operable state with all services current and the air conditioning blowing ice-cold air, the radio fully functional, and all accessories, lights, gauges and switches as-new and fully functional. It is quite likely impossible to find a more carefully preserved, as new, unused example anywhere in the world at any price, and it would be a perfect vehicle for any museum collection and a true candidate for the show circuit, where it would be a hands-down favorite in the popular preservation class at any Concours event you should choose to enter.



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