1983 Pontiac TransAmSOLD
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Estimate: $20,000-$30,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $22,000

92hp, 151 cu. in., mid-positioned throttle-body fuel-injected in-line four-cylinder “Iron Duke” engine, rear-drive, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension,
four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 93.4"

When the unique 1984 Pontiac Fiero coupe was introduced in September 1983, in many ways it fulfilled the dreams of Pontiac engineers, designers and even general managers stretching back some 20 years. Having established its reputation as a performance division in the early 1960s, Pontiac wanted to market its own version of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car, but GM management demurred.

Then, in the late 1970s, Pontiac’s development team was challenged to come up with a new kind of car to capture American imagination. The proposal advanced called for a two-place coupe with 2.5-liter engine-and-transmission module from the yet-to-be-launched front-wheel-drive “X-cars” but with the powertrain flipped to make it a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive model. Further, it was to have damage and corrosion-resistant plastic panels fastened over a steel framework, unlike any other American model.

Securing the Fiero’s performance image, a souped-up V6 powered Fiero served as pace car for the 1984 running of the Indianapolis 500. Part of the promotion was to build 2,000 SE series Indy Pace Car replicas, powered by the standard “Iron Duke” 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, of which the car shown here for auction is one.

This particular car was ordered by Charlie Harris, a Pontiac dealer in Clearwater, Florida, and immediately placed in storage, as Mr. Harris believed it would one day become a collectable. When Mr. McMullen purchased the dealership in the 1990s, it came with this car in the inventory. Showing only 18 miles on the odometer and being in time warp, showroom-new totally original condition, the Fiero is virtually the same as when it was unloaded from the transporter 23 years ago. Wearing full Indy 500 pace car replica trim, it is finished in white with red striping, the interior is clad in two-tone grey leather, red cloth seat inserts and red carpeting and there are a number of “Indy 500” badges and decals scattered across the vehicle.

Being a special low production edition Indy 500 pace car replica from the first year of Fiero production with less than 20 miles registered on the odometer and being in showroom new preserved condition, there is no doubt that this car will garner appreciation both monetarily and from fans of the marque.

Reference Number 8726

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1983 Pontiac TransAm
VIN 1G2AW87S10N210791 
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