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1981 NASCAR Turbo Trans Am Pace Car

A Brief History:

Daytona 500 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am

In 1981, Pontiac produced a Special Edition (Y85) Turbo Trans Am for Nascar. This Special Edition Firebird Trans Am paced the field of stock cars at the 1981 Daytona 500, as well as various Nascar races that year. 2,000 Daytona 500 Turbo Trans Am Special Editions where built in '81. These cars differed slightly from the Indy pace cars from the previous year. They received an Oyster white paint job and black accents, rather than the gray ones from the year before. On the inside, these cars came with Recaro bucket seats with black and red cloth, which was a sharp contrast to the white and black paint scheme on the exterior.

Other features included: turbo gauges, Fisher t-top hatch roof, and white turbo cast aluminum wheels. Special Daytona Pace Car decals where shipped inside the cars for dealer installation, only if the buyer preferred the graphics. Released around February 1981 with a $12,244 base price, it looked similiar to the 1980 Indy Pace car Trans Am. However it had black, instead of charcoal, accents.

The NASCAR Trans Ams of '81 featured a re-designed screaming chicken used with the turbo hood. The white turbo rims accented the overall design of the car. Despite the lagging horse power numbers, these TAs featured the best suspension and some of the nicer creature comforts of any 2nd gen.

Standard Features Included:

LU8 - Y85 Turbo Special Edition Package


* - 4.9L (301 CID) 4bbl Turbo Engine w/ Turbo Boost Gauge * - Windshield Reveal Molding - Black * - Bucket Seats * - Column Mounted Dimmer Switch * - Front Disk Brakes * - Concealed Windshield Wipers * - Black Taillamp Lens * - Front Fender Air Extractors * - Power Steering * - Backlite - Black Molding * - Floor Console * - Power Brakes * - Kilometer/Miles per Hour Speedo * - Chrome Side-Side Splitter Tailpipe Extensions * - Front Center Air Dam & Front and Rear Wheel Opening Air Deflectors

* 19U - Paint Exterior - Black
* 11L - Paint Exterior - White
* 19I - Trim Interior Black
* N81 - Computer Command Control
* C60 - Air Conditioning, Custom
* U17 - Gauges Rally, Clock, and Tachometer
* D35 - Sport Mirrors, Sport LH Remote, RH Maunal Convex
* D80 - Spoiler, Rear Deck
* N89 - Wheels, Turbo Cast Aluminum
* B18 - Custom Trim Group, Velour
* AR9 - Black cloth Recaro bucket seats w/ red cloth inserts
* MX1 - Automatic Transmission
* 199 - Seat Belts - Black
* CC1 - Hatch Roof, Removeable
* D34 - Mirror, Visor Vanity RH
* UM6 - Delco-GM radio, AM/FM Stereo/Cassette-ETR
* NK3 - Steering Wheel, Formula
* K73 - Alternator, Heavy Duty 70 Amps
* 18C - Trim, Cloth Black

Available Options:



* C60 - Air conditioning, custom-required w/ turbo
* UA2 - Battery H.D.
* NB2 - California emmision requirements
* K35 - Cruise control, resume speed
* A90 - Power deck lid release, remote control
* C49 - Defroster, electric rear window
* K05 - Engine block heater
* A01 - Glass, all windows soft ray
* B93 - Guards, door edge
* TT5 - Headlamps, tungsten quartz halogen
* C95 - Lamp, dome reading
* TR9 - Lamp group (luggage, glovebox, I.P.courtesy, tone generator)
* VK3 - License plate bracket, front
* D34 - Mirror, visor vanity R.H.
* B84 - Molding, body side
* U75 - Power antenna
* U83 - Power antenna, AM/FM/CB tri-band
* AU3 - Power door locks
* N33 - Steering wheel, tilt * CD4 - Windshield wipers, controlled cycle
* WS8 - Priced car order acknowledgments


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