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1492-DFW (R)

1980 Pontiac Firebird Formula Turbo


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1980 Pontiac

Firebird Formula Turbo

1492-DFW (R)
Engine Size
4.9 Liter Turbo
3 Speed Automatic
65,734 (Unknown)
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For Pontiac fans, this 1980 Firebird Formula Turbo is really a rare find. Loaded with options, powered by a freshly rebuilt turbocharged V8, and wearing a clean, sleek coat of paint instead of flashy decals, it might just be the best car Pontiac built in 1980.

Wearing its original Montreux Maroon paint, this is one of the most sophisticated and elegant-looking F-bodies we've ever featured. Sure, the Trans Am with its big decals gets the attention, but if you want a clean, sporting car that lets the bodywork do the talking, then this is the right choice. Now don't get me wrong, this isn't exactly a subtle car, not with the gold pinstripes and two-tone lower bodywork, but it certainly looks clean and sleek compared to some of its siblings. For original paint, the shine is quite good and while it's 35 years old, someone has taken the time to keep it polished up and looking its best. The gold pinstripes are, of course, decals, and they look great against the burgundy paint, as does the "TURBO 4.9" lettering on the cool aero hood scoop. Pontiac made the most of their innovative turbo engine by advertising it everywhere they could, including on the rear spoiler, where it also says "TURBO FORMULA." And for those of you in the know, this is one rare car because of it.

The Camel cloth interior gets all the same great features as its sibling, the Trans Am, including high-back bucket seats, a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather, and the engine-turned dashboard. The grippy cloth upholstery is perhaps preferable to the sticky vinyl in most Trans Ams and it certainly has a look that belies the era in which it was built. The options list is long, including power windows and locks, a freshly-rebuilt A/C system with R12 refrigerant inside, a tilt steering column, rear defroster, and T-tops, which make this car a joy to drive on sunny days. Remarkably, everything works, including the AM/FM stereo radio and even the turbo boost lights on the hood! The carpets, dash pad, and headliner are all in excellent condition and the back seat area looks barely used, indicative of a car that's led an easy life. The trunk is upholstered in black carpet and includes a space-saver spare with jack assembly.

Pontiac was leading the charge on forced-induction, putting a turbocharger on their 4.9 liter V8 engine. This one was just rebuilt to original specifications, so it runs superbly and doesn't have any of the issues you'd expect from an early experiment in boosted engines. It starts easily and makes good power and impressive torque when the boost comes up and throttle response is crisp thanks to a rebuilt carburetor. The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is the best choice with the turbocharged engine, keeping boost up between shifts, and with 3.08 gears on a Posi limited slip, it's a fine highway cruiser as well. The front suspension was rebuilt, there are new control arm bushings, and a fresh steering box, so it tracks straight and handles as well as these cars could when they were new. The exhaust system uses a pair of stainless Magnaflow mufflers for a unique sound and it appears that there are new shocks all around. Those shiny silver "snowflake" alloy wheels aren't original but they do look amazing here, especially when wrapped in fat 225/70/15 BFG radials.

Documented with its original build sheet, Protect-O-Plate, and a reproduction window sticker, this is a rare Firebird with plenty of performance and a great pedigree, all at a bargain price. Call now!

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  • Defrost
  • Numbers Matching
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cloth Interior
  • Heat
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Front Disc Brakes
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Locks
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defogger
  • Seatbelts (Front)
  • Seatbelts (Rear)
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  • Factory Buildsheet
  • Original Warranty Card
  • Reproduction Window Sticker
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Exterior Color
Transmission Spec
Rear End
10 Bolt 3.08 Posi
Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
Power Drum
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