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Mason66

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6 Cylinder Trans Am
« on: June 01, 2017, 10:10:55 PM »
Does anybody know if a 6 cylinder Trans Am was ever offered and sold in 1986 or 1987?

I was just watching an old The Price Is Right show from August of 1986 and the first car they rolled out was a 1986/1987 Firebird and it did say Trans Am on the front bumper.  It did not, however, have Trans Am wheels.

The description stated it had the 2.8 V6.

This got me wondering if the announcer was wrong or if the car actually existed.

I worked at a Chevrolet dealer during the 1987 and 1988 model years and I never head of a 6 cylinder Trans Am or Z-28.  We also owned a Pontiac dealership, so I think maybe I would have heard about it.

Does anybody know anything about this?

I will try to find the video and post it here.

Mason66

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 10:13:20 PM »
Here is the video

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2017, 10:17:17 PM »

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2017, 10:17:48 PM »
The link does not work. But we are talking about the price is right... need I say more?




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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2017, 10:25:42 PM »
Why do you say that?

They got the new cars from the local dealers and the dealers gave them the specs.

Are you saying they had the engine size wrong, because it doesn't look like your garden variety Trans Am.

It has base Firebird wheels on it.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2017, 10:31:28 PM »
We posted at the same time, the link works, $13k for a TA in 86 sounds about right. I checked NADA and they even call the 4 cylinder Firebirds Trans Ams. My point is that a TV show like the price is right typically gets the lowest/cheapest model maybe they intended to give away a base bird but the dealer sent a higher model.




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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2017, 10:34:31 PM »
Maybe, but it says Trans Am on the front bumper but has base Firebird wheels.

Was a Trans Am ever sold with the 2.8 V6?

I don't remember any talk of that at the time.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017, 10:50:07 PM »
The only Trans Am to come with a V6 was the 20th anniversary that came with the 3.8 turbocharged borrowed from the Grand National.  That's definitely a Trans Am though, can tell from the hood, front bumper, and fender vents.  The announcer even stuttered through reading out the engine.  I want to say the "Trans Am" rims were an option, one that wouldn't surprise me if many people didn't choose since the other rims look a lot better.  Here's an '86 with the same set of rims:

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2017, 12:15:39 AM »
Thank you Box.  It is odd that this Trans Am doesn't have the name on the front bumper where the car on the show did.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2017, 06:22:04 AM »
What box said, I did not see the link but in 86 I believe the aero package was standard on the T/A, so it would be easy to see the diff between that and a base. I bought a firebird in 82, it had the 2.8 v6 price was just over 9k. Trans ams were about 12k. The top of the line was the 83 Daytona pace car that just came out, I believe it was close to 17k
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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2017, 01:09:29 PM »
Another thing I noticed is the Trans Am on the show was a hardtop, so it was probably a low options Trans Am and the rims would also indicate as such.  Odds are it was originally going to be a V6 Firebird, but a low option Trans Am could've been sitting around on the lot for ages so they sent it off instead hoping it'd be won.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2017, 01:12:58 PM »
But would even a low option Trans Am have a V6 under the hood?

Is there any literature from Pontiac saying they ever offered for sale the V6 when the Trans Am option was chosen?

I couldn't find anything on the web about it.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2017, 02:05:22 PM »
It'd have had a carbureted 305 that sadly didn't really make much more power than the V6 that was fuel injected.  At that time fuel injection was all the rage, so I imagine a base Trans Am would've been a hard sell.  Dealer contracted with show originally was to supply V6 Firebird but instead sends white elephant Trans Am hoping to get rid of it.  Listening to the announcer you can hear him stumble through saying which engine was in it, so he was reading off the card but knew it wasn't right when he said it.  I'd have to watch again but a few other things he read off that weren't as obvious also didn't match the car that was there.  At least that's my impression of the situation.  The only Trans Am to ever come with a V6 was the 20th anniversary Turbo Trans Am.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2017, 03:41:39 PM »
Base trans am motor still had way more power than the 2.8. They were bullet proof and got pretty decent gas mileage, but power was not an option.
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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2017, 05:11:50 PM »
Not sure if 30 hp constitutes as way more. :P  I think the V6 5-speed was faster than the base 305 auto.

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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2017, 06:35:27 AM »
The 305 still has much more torque. 250ft.lbs for the V8 vs 160 for the V6

But no, no 2.8L for the Trans Am, ever.

The only way to have a "Trans Am" with the 2.8L/3.1L was to get a later base model with the optional ground effects, they were available on base cars in 89-92.
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Re: 6 Cylinder Trans Am
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2017, 01:56:49 PM »
But would even a low option Trans Am have a V6 under the hood?


No, they did not make any.  The car looks like a Trans Am to me, and I would say the description was a mixup by the show producers. 
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