8,500-Mile 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Survivor

When you come across a vehicle with very low miles, it’s either an oddly-spec’d example that makes you question why someone preserved it, or it’s an extremely desirable specimen that will fetch a serious premium. While this 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that’s available here on eBay may not be the most sought after example of a third-generation Firebird, it’s an extremely clean and low-mile example with a V8 engine and a manual transmission.

This Trans Am is available in Asheboro, North Carolina with a clean title. The seller supposedly purchased it from a private collection in Arizona intending to add some miles to it, but they only ended up adding about 100 miles to the vehicle and feel it is now time to move on. Additionally, the vehicle remained in climate-controlled storage during their ownership.

The exterior of the vehicle is very clean, and it sports a very period-correct two-tone paint scheme. Everything on the vehicle is original, and it even recently received OEM-spec tires. The seller also claims that the undercarriage is just as clean as the outside, and judging from the pictures and usage the vehicle received, it’s a believable assertion.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find an interior that looks virtually unused, and all electrical components function without issue. The HVAC system blows both hot heat and cold air, while both the power locks and windows work well.

This Firebird uses a 305 cu.-in. V8 engine, which pairs to a 5-speed manual transmission to drive the rear wheels. As observed earlier, the drivetrain only has 8,458 miles on it.

At the time of publication, bidding for this low-mile Firebird is at $6,100 with the reserve not met. Would you add some miles to this well-preserved Pontiac, or would you also treat it like a collection piece?


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  1. poseur Member

    Great color combo.
    Fantastic condition.


    crap. I’m out

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    • Superdessucke

      LOL! It’s the weirdest thing but it seems like all the super low mileage mid-80s Z28 and Trans-Ams are LG4s in brown, gold or copper. I have no idea why that is. It’s a fact though.

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      • poseur Member

        Makes sense. They were no fun to drive after after about 3k rpm

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      • Superdessucke

        And the earth tones are definitely not all that cool either.

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  2. Skorzeny

    There is a kit to install a ZZ4 into this. I would do that and drive it. I don’t care about the LG4, just the overall condition and the manual…

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    • poseur Member

      Would the stock 5-speed hold up to the power of a good crate motor? Memory is GM didn’t put the T5 behind the L98 due to torque exceeding its ability to stay together. Unsure about the rear diff also. We were just so happy at the time to have cars that felt quick again. Maybe there are easy swaps to upgrade the driveline.

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      • Adam

        Your memory is correct sir

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  3. irocrobb

    I had a 1985 like this one,only white as a summer car in the early 1990s. It was a fun car but not very brisk in the performance end.I have a tpi 305 in my Iroc and there is just no comparison in power. This one looks like a great car and I think they are still a relative bargain.

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  4. Fred Alexander

    I never really liked this style back when introduced but now seeing this preserved example would just buy it and cruise to show and shines etc.
    Earth tones were the thing of the day for some auto mfgrs. which I feel show well today as a contrast to all the regular colors out there.
    Yup – – I like this one – – – nope – – got no stable room

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  5. DVSCapri

    Jeez, you guys complaining about the interior “earth tones” are apparently part of the reason every manufacturer is pumping out everything in bland, boring, Grey these days (actually – even when this car was new!). I worked for a rather large Pontiac dealer at the time & most of these came with the Grey… when another color came in (it was usually special ordered) almost everybody would come look at it… the Browns, Blue & Red come to mind. I would love to have this – even though I really don’t (never did) like the 3rd gens.
    Ad a side note, we were just recently looking for as small “gas saver” for me to commute almost 100 miles a day in… my only stipulation to the wife was – NO GREY INTERIOR!! Itold her point blank “you find me something with Grey interior & I’m telling you ahead of time that I’ll remove every panel & recolor it as well as get the seat reupholstered”! Needless to say, we found a nice Tan/Chocolate Brown interior commuter for me. While I’m not thrilled to be driving something without a V8, at least I don’t want to puke sitting in it!

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  6. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Reserve not met at $11,100.

    Like 1

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