This is Faust, my 1980 Turbo Trans Am.
I bought it from the original owner in May, 1999, and its’ been with me ever since.
About the 1980 Turbo T/A:
This “Starlight Black” (paint code 19) beauty was purchased in 1999 from the original owner who wisely kept it isolated from Ontario’s harsh winter elements. You can check out some pictures lower down on the page. Click on one of the tiny photos to see it up close and personal!
Equipment: Below is a list of Faust’s options and accessories. The “standard equipment” is that which was either standard or optional on any Firebird model, but was standard on the Trans Am in 1980. The “optional equipment” is that which was optional on the Trans Am in 1980.
|A2:||power brakes (rear drums replaced by WS6’s discs)|
|D80:||rear deck spoiler|
|NK3:||formula steering wheel|
|MX1:||THM 350 3-speed automatic transmission|
|U17:||full instrumentation (rally gauges)|
|D35:||sport mirrors, LH remote|
|windshield integrated radio aerial|
|LU8:||turbo V8, required C60||$350|
|C49:||rear window defroster||$107|
|BS1:||sound insulation package||$34|
|D53:||hood bird decal||$125|
|B18:||custom interior in Carmine Red hobnail cloth, includes AK1 colour-keyed seat belts||$187|
|B37:||colour-keyed floor mats||$27|
|UP8:||dual front and rear speakers||$43|
|B83:||side window drip rails||$26|
|WS6:||“special appearance package” – actually a performance suspension package, which included:||$481|
4 wheel disc brakes 15″ X 8.0″ aluminum wheels with 225/70R-15 Goodyear tires 1.25″ front stabilizer bar with hard plastic bushings 0.75″ rear stabilizer bar Stiffer rear springs Stiffer rear shackle bushings Firmer shock valving Closer ratio steering (fixed 14:1) Lower control arm supports
As you can see by the pics, there are also some custom additions, including a Pioneer stereo system, custom wheels fitted with 235-60 R15 Cooper Cobra GT rubber, and rear window louvres. This car makes for one heck of a fun ride, and yet it is still a very manageable, compliant and comfortable around-towner. The best of all worlds! It is also not horribly thirsty, although when the pedal goes down hard the gas gauge goes with it 🙂
Interesting facts: only 21.8 % of 1980 Firebirds received the turbo V8. That’s not as high as I would have expected, when you consider that Trans Am and Formula buyers are more performance-minded than their Esprit and base counterparts. Only 27.8% got four wheel disc brakes – an option that could be had outside of the WS6 package. Faust is one of 5 856 “normal” (non SE or Pace Car) Trans Am turbos to be made without the hatch roof (T-tops), and I must say that I don’t miss the T-tops! A total of 50 896 Trans Ams were made in 1980.
- This is the special Hoodbird for turbo T/As. Note that the bird faces the opposite direction as on a naturally aspirated T/A.
- What most cars see of Faust. Pontiac made a big deal (“A new breed of Wow!”) about the full-width tail lights in 1979. This styling trait carried on right until the end of the T/A in 2002.
- Faust’s interior is RED! Note the famous engine-turned “disco dash” and hobnail-patterned seats. The fuzzy dice were a gift from a friend.
UPDATE! Go check out what makes this sexy beast move – visit the Under The Hood section!