1989 Pontiac TransAm Turbo (20th Anniversary) – This 20th Anniversary TTA, as well as the other 1,554, were built not only to commemorate the twentieth year of Pontiac’s flagship ponycar but also to pace the 73rd Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 1989. According to Pontiac Historic Services, the widely held belief that the TTA was the first pace car in the illustrious history of the Indy 500 that didn’t need power modifications of any kind is true. The only modifications performed on the pace cars at Indianapolis for the 500 were the installation of strobe lights, two-way radios, and other safety equipment. In addition, the ABC broadcasting crew, including the venerable Bobby Unser, who drove the TTA that day, provided the first ever coverage via the newly created in-car race cams. This innovation provided the television audience with a view of the race at track level. From the outside, the Anniversary car looks much like the ’89 GTA. Of course, the TTA was available only in white (paint code 40) and options were limited to T-tops and leather interior. On the front-right and lower-left rocker panels toward the front of the doors are the “Indianapolis Motor Speedway” emblems. The “Turbo” emblems are located on the front fenders and taillight panel, and the “20th Anniversary” emblems are on the nose and sail panels.
If you are watching the classic car market on any level you have noticed the rapid appreciation of limited edition vehicles. This has been true for a long time with 60’s/70’s era vehicles but is now seeing large gains in 80’s/90’s vehicles. By the early 80’s American manufacturers were pumping out thousands of vehicle per week. so when you find an example that is 1 of only 1,555 you know it’s not some boring minivan. Many of these TTA have been lost over the last 32 years. This beautiful example not only survived but it was obviously babied by all of it’s caretakers! Almost everything about this Pontiac looks as it didn’t when it rolled off the assembly line. The two exceptions are some aging on both of the front seat bottoms and an upgraded stereo. After all, this example was not locked up in a basement like some which now are almost undriveable. This ’89 Trans Am was driven sparingly, enjoyed, but very well taken care of during its 46k miles of use. A complete list of features and options includes; Turbocharged 3.8L V6, Auto, Tan Leather Buckets, A/C, T-Tops (w/ Storage Bags & Shades), Indy Pace Car Badging, Center Console Storage, Cruise Control, Cloth Floormats, Fog Lights, Owners Manual, Power Steering / Brakes, Power Windows / Locks / Mirrors, Rear Cargo Cover, Rear Spoiler, Rear Window Defrost, AM/FM/Cassette, Sony Amp w/ Rockford Fosgate Sub, Steering Stereo Controls, Tilt Wheel, Tinted Glass, 16″ Alloy Wheels, and thick BF Goodrich G-Force Sport ZR-rated Tires!