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    In 1983 the Pontiac Trans Am was selected to pace the 25th Daytona 500. To commemorate this event
    2500 limited edition Trans Ams were built.  Officially called the 25th Anniversary Daytona 500 Pace
    Car, this special T/A was loaded to the hilt and the price showed it.  The exterior was graced with a  
    two-tone white/charcoal paint scheme complete with "Official Pace Car" decals for the door,
    "NASCAR" decals for the rear quarters, and "Pontiac" decals for the front windshield and rear glass.
    Decorating the front fenders just above the "Trans Am" name were "25th Anniversary Daytona 500"
    emblems.   A new graphic adorned the power bulge of the pace car's hood and an "Aero" ground
    effects package was also standard equipment and in 1983 only available on the Daytona T/A. 
    Special 15x7 white "Aero" wheels put the finishing touch on the exterior. 

    Two power-train combinations were available for the Daytona T/A.  First was the standard
    carburetor 305 producing 150hp and mated with the new for '83 T5 five speed transmission. 
    The second option was the Crossfire Injection 305 producing 175hp and mated with an automatic  
    transmission.   The WS6 suspension package which included rear disc-brakes was also standard
    equipment.   All Daytona T/A's came with Recaro seats which were leather trimmed with suede  
    inserts. The dash gauges were backlit in red, a special dash plaque and "Daytona 500" floor-mats  
    rounded out the interior package.

    Notable options included T-tops, heavy duty radiator, heavy duty altenator and 15" silver turbo-fin
    wheels.

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Production numbers:
1980 CFI automatics
520 LG4 5speeds

 

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