1989 Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am 20th Anniversary Pace Car #1153

Only 12,200 miles!

In 1989, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was selected to pace the Indianapolis 500. This special 20th Anniversary 1989 Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am (TTA) based on the GTA is only available in white with tan interior and comes equipped with a Buick 3.8L V6 with a Turbo-charger developed from the Grand National. These 1989 Firebird replicas are as close to the actual pace car as any replica offered up to this time. The only changes made to the cars that were actually on the track during the race were the additions of strobe lights and saftely equipment. 1,555 were produced, 5 being test cars. Out of 1,550 cars produced by PAS, the actual pace cars were randomly selected and sent to Indy for testing and modification. Every car in the 1989 Pontiac Firebird pace car replica line has an automatic transmission.

Pace Car Production

According to PHS’s own Jim Mattison, in a memo dated June 21, 1999, Carter Chaplin of Boynton Beach, Florida, owns the 484th unit produced. The PHS memo categorized the 20th Anniversary production totals for Carter as well.

Configuration/Trim Production
Hardtops w/cloth 15
Hardtops w/leather 24
T-tops w/cloth 187
T-tops w/leather 1,324
Preproduction hardtop w/leather 1
Preproduction T-top w/cloth 4
Total Production 1,555

Pace Car Performance

The official PMD media release on the ’89 Turbo Trans Am lists the following statistics:

Test Result
0-60 5.5 sec.
1/4-mile 13.5 sec.
Braking 60 to 0 139 ft.
Lateral acceleration 0.86 g
Weight to horsepower ratio 13.4:1
  • 20th Anniversary Package
  • T-Tops
  • Gold Diamond Spoke Aluminum Wheels
  • Special Performance Package
  • High Performance Brake and Fuel System
  • 20th Anniversary Cloisonne Emblems
  • Indy Pace Car Insignia
  • Special Turbo Instrumentation With Boost Gauge
  • Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Outlets
  • High Back Folding Rear Seats
  • High Capacity Transmission Cooling Package
  • 3.8 Liter V6 Turbo
  • Car #1153 of Only 1,555 Ever Built
  • Rare and Highly Collectible
  • Turbo Trans Am Memorabilia
  • Gone Through Extensively Mechanically
  • Gone Through Extensively Cosmetically
  • New BFG Tires
  • New EBC Brakes
  • New Stainless Exhaust
  • Turbo Tweaks Chip
  • New Cold Air Setup
  • Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • Owners Kit
  • Factory Brochure
  • 2 Sets of Keys
  • Tinted Glass
Year: 1989
Make: Pontiac
Model: Firebird
Body Style: Coupe
Engine: 3.8 Turbo Charged V6 with Intercooler
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Exterior Color: White
Interior Color: Camel Leather (Tan)
VIN Number: 1G5FW2176KL245992
Mileage: 12,200

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