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1981 Pontiac Trans Am, 10,824 Actual Miles, 4.9L Turbo V8 - Auto, Fisher T-Tops

Stock Number: 1768 - This PHS Documented 1981 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am sold New at Hansord Pontiac located in the Downtown area of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was the premier Pontiac Dealership in the state and many amazing Pontiac's were sold there. It is a highly original car with only 10,824 actual miles on the odometer. Many cars are advertised as low mile vehicles, but one look at this Trans AM will confirm instantly that it is a true, low mile Pontiac. The interior is in outstanding condition and shows virtually as New. All options work as you would expect. The engine turned dash is bright and the upholstery feels and looks exceptional. All of the lighting shines bright. These are all indicators of a very low mile car that has had exceptional care. The paint is all original and has a deep shine to it. The paint code is #84 (Dark Charcoal Metallic), a one year only color. It is one of only 4,547 standard Turbo Trans AM's with T-Tops. It still rides on its original Factory Installed Goodyear Polysteel Raised White-Letter tires. Under the hood, this Pontiac Trans Am still has its original numbers matching Turbo Charged Engine and its appearance is original as sold. It is well equipped with the WS6 Special Handling Performance Package (including 4 wheel disc brakes), Special 15” Turbine Wheels. If you have been looking for a true low mile original car with a unique color and highly optioned, then this is your Trans AM.

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1981 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am
PHS Documented Car
Original MSRP $12,840.23
10,824 Actual Miles
Factory Fisher T-Tops
4.9 Liter 301 Turbo V8
- Original Numbers Matching
Automatic Transmission
WS6 Performance Package
Special 15" Turbo Wheels
Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Rear Defroster
Dual Exhaust
Power Door Locks
Power Windows
AM FM Cassette Stereo
Tilt Steering Column
Code 84 - Dark Charcoal Metallic Paint
- One Year Only Color
Code 19B - Black Cloth Interior

The Pontiac Trans Am powered by the 6.6-litre V8 saw its final year of production in 1979. It was killed off by the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Pontiac needed a new performance solution for the Trans Am. The Performance Division engineers decided the 1980 & 81 Pontiac Trans Am would instead be powered by a turbocharged 301ci - V8. The turbo 301 (really 302ci, but called a 301 to differentiate it from Ford's 302) differed from the standard 301 Pontiac introduced in 1977 in that the block was fortified, pistons and head gaskets were more robust, and it also had a high-pressure oil pump. There was an electronically controlled Garrett TBO-305 turbocharger (sourced from Buick) that fed nine pounds of boost through a modified version of the Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor. To keep things running properly, Pontiac added a knock sensor that would retard the ignition timing when pre-ignition knock was detected. For 1981 this combination was rated at 200 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. The Transmission was a Modified Turbohydromatic TH-350 with an electronically controlled torque converted that would lock-up when driving at Highway speeds. This was coupled to a 3.08 rear gear choice.

Even with the drop in performance from 1979, it was more appealing than the standard 301 that threw down just 150 horsepower and 245 pound feet of torque. It was a lighter engine and provided a better weight balance to the Trans AM. These final 2nd Generation Trans AM's handled very well when equipped with the WS6 Special Performance Package. While not quite as fast in a straight line as the 1979 6.6 Litre, they were considered a Grand Touring Sports Car and provided a Spirited and Exhilarating driving experience. If you have never driven one, you are really missing out on the true Pontiac Excitement they provided. They are simply a pleasure to drive.

The hood used on the Turbo Trans AM featured an asymmetrical driver's side power bulge needed to provide clearance for the turbo and carburetor. On the rear of that bulge, facing the driver, there was a boost gauge with three horizontal orange lights labeled “NORMAL”, “MEDIUM”, and “HIGH.” This provided a Visual indicator as the Turbo Boost built.

The hood and sail panel Decals were redesigned for 1981 using a new two color scheme and the Trans Am Fender/spoiler callouts were redesigned to match. The Pontiac Turbo Trans AM's iconic Firebird hood decal had a larger lick of flame coming from its mouth than the standard bird of previous years. The disco era was coming to an end and these decals were less audacious than their predecessors. Some might claim more tasteful. Five different colors were offered: Red, Gold, Silver, Blue, and Orange in both standard and turbo versions. With 14 car colors on the palette for 1981 and 5 different birds the Trans Am offered diversity beyond any other car with 70 different exterior color/decal combinations available.

Vehicle Type: CMC TAAC TAAT 81TA


Engine Type
Engine Size
301ci \ 4.9L Turbo Charged V8


Body Color
Dark Charcoal Metallic
Body Style


Trans Am


Interior Color
Black Deluxe
Secondary Interior Color
Black Deluxe
Seating Type
Buckets With Console
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
Engine Size
301ci \ 4.9L Turbo Charged V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Body Style

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