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Turbo Bird: 1980 Pontiac Trans AM Survivor

1980 Trans AM Turbo

A few days back we featured an almost identical Anniversary Pace Car Trans AM to this one, but this example has fewer miles and lacks all the Pace Car stickers. It looks to be in better condition inside and out, the lack of side stickers also makes it sleeker looking if you ask me! Interest in Trans AMs has really gone up in the past few years and I can see why. This example has the top engine offered in ’80, the 4.9 liter turbo with 210 horsepower. It isn’t a 6.6 liter, but it gets the job done. If you’d like to have this clean survivor, you can find it here on eBay in Forney, Texas with a current bid of $1,980.

1980 Trans AM Turbo Interior

With prices climbing on earlier Trans AMs, I have a feeling that these later Turbo cars are going to start going up too. This one is such a nice example that it would be a great addition to any Pontiac collection or a wonderful car for first time classic car ownership! I know I’d love to take this bird for a spin, but how about you?


  1. Dave Wright

    Pretty car.

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  2. sparkster

    I like how the Tachometer is stuck at red line. It always make me laugh when dealers ” charge” a service charge to buy their vehicle from them. $ 175 in this case.

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    • Tman

      Dealer Fees are the extreme rip-off.

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      • Rando

        When I worked for the NC motorcycle training program, I bought 30 bikes per year. THe dealer told me if they charged “doc” fees, they HAD to disclose it and charge it, no matter what. State law? I dunno. You can negotiate other parts if the deal but the doc fees or whatever they call them have to be in place. So you have to work your purchase out around them, because they are going to be tacked on top of the price no matter what.

        That’s NC, others may vary.

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  3. sparkster

    I wonder if the nicer 77-78 front nose will work on this year of Trans Am ? By 1980 the ” bird” on the hood had gotten way over the top. Gaudy ?

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  4. ccrvtt

    I LOVE this car! I actually prefer the shovel nose ’79-’81 T/As but I can see where others may like the ’78-’79 better. But I have to demur here – isn’t the point of a Trans Am to be gaudy? It’s one of the all-time look-at-me cars. It’s as American as Marilyn Monroe, Raquel Welch, and Kate Upton – all curves and bulges in all the right places. I had a friend who said he’d like a Trans Am without all the callouts, sort of a q-ship that would surprise the unsuspecting. I think he totally missed the point of a TA.
    I want this one.

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  5. Gstegall

    I owned a 1981 Y-84 Trans-Am back in the day. (Bandit) One of the last T/As to be built at the Fremont, CA plant. It was fully loaded including the WS6 handling package, T top roof, 4 wheel discs borrowed from the Corvette, 3.08 rear end, and Gold Turbo Rims. (A surplus?) Great car except for it had a Pontiac 301 with 155 HP as well as plastic door bushings that lasted about 3 years, and horrible build quality. The exhaust dropped out at around 35,000 miles and the Black paint was so thin that after 2 years of waxing the metal was visible through the paint. A beautiful car to look at, but a far cry from what the earlier T/As were.

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    • Gnrdude

      GOVT. Trying to Legislate Engineering that’s what happened.

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