Calendar Girl: 1984 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo

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It’s not that unusual for a person to buy a classic car and decide to sell it at some point down the track. What is more unusual is to find a person who decides to repeat the process with the same car. The owner of this 1984 Trans Am owned it for a while, sold it, bought it back, and has now decided to sell it again. With the opening bid set at $3,500 and a BIN price of $6,500, you will find the Trans Am listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Mesa, Arizona, the car is being offered for sale with a clear title.

The external presentation of the Trans Am is quite good but is not perfect. The owner does admit that there are a few little tasks to be attended to on the car, which probably isn’t surprising for a car of this age with 88,000 miles on the clock. We’re not talking about major work though, just detail items like missing center caps for one of the wheels (and missing Trans Am badges off the caps that are present), and what looks like some discoloring of the rocker moldings. This Trans Am does actually have a claim to fame, and that is that it has been featured in the 2018 Hagerty calendar.

Under the hood are the 5.0-liter V8 engine and automatic transmission. This engine has been given a slight boost with the dealer-fitting of a turbocharger. The owner doesn’t indicate how much of a difference this has made to performance compared to a standard Trans Am. What he does say in the ad is that the car has a few issues which can be discussed, but he doesn’t indicate whether these issues relate to the mechanical aspects of the car, or something else. The engine bay could definitely benefit from a good clean, but once again, this is a minor detail item.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the interior trim on the Trans Am seems to look tired and is suffering from the sort of deterioration that is so common for plastic trim from the 1980s. It’s just items like the dash pad being cracked in several places, rub marks on some of the plastic trim, and some plastic that looks to have become warped over time. None of these issues are particularly rare, and if the car has spent the majority of its life in Arizona, then this has probably contributed to this aging process. Still, all of these pieces are still available if you were considering purchasing the Trans Am with a view to returning it to its new car glory.

With a BIN price of $6,500, there is certainly some potential in this Trans Am, but how much potential will really depend on what the issues are that the owner hasn’t specified in his listing. If these issues are of a mechanical nature, this could be a problem, especially with the turbo installation to factor into the equation. You can secure a nice ’84 Trans Am for around $8,500, and a pristine example can run as high as $19,000 or more. This one needs a bit of work, but if it all turns out be minor tasks, then this could be a pretty reasonable buy. All of that will come down to asking the owner the right questions.

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  1. Bakyrdhero

    This one could have been presented a lot better. I’d say thumbs up to an honest and unpolished engine pic, but it appears that’s just the sellers style. Could be a fun toy for awhile..

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  2. Superdessucke

    I’m curious as to what kind of turbo that is, what kind of boost it’s putting out, and how it’s integrated with the engine computer. Perhaps it’s off a 1980-81 301 Turbo? Turbos can be bad news if you don’t have a proper fuel and air mixture and end up with detonation.

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  3. txchief

    I’m not sure how there is a turbo that blows through that round air cleaner with an air intake drawing air from around the front of the hood…

    Like 5
    • BuickNut

      Here we go again, this is a draw thru turbo with no intercooler. It looks to have a special intake manifold similar to the 301.

      Like 3
  4. Skorzeny

    Of course it’s an automatic… No thanks.

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  5. Darren

    So not the engine to throw boost at . This car must have had an easy life or surely would have need headgaskets or some internal work by now.

    Like 3
  6. DN

    No T-tops? PASS

    Like 1

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