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1989 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM
1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1LE/R7U, one of the most collectible and rare Trans Am’s ever produced. The 1989 1LE Trans Am production number is 26, only 17 were R7U’s made for the Canadian Players Challenge race series.
Total Firebird production numbers in 1989 was 64,409. Some of the more rare ones were 8,081 GTA’s, 1,550 Turbo Trans Am’s, only 396 convertibles… compared to 26 1LE’s
Google the words “1989 firebird production numbers” you don’t even have to mention 1LE, the first thing that comes up is the production numbers showing only 26 units.
These cars are so rare its hard to google much information about them, easier to look for the Camaro 1LE R7U info and some of the articles talk about the Trans Am. "Built by GM engineers to compete in the Showroom Stock Road Racing series” google "showroom stock stealth hagerty" article about Camaro 1LE's and TA's. The R7U had even more enhancements google "Canadian Racer Reborn - 1989 Chevrolet Camaro" the 1LE/R7U cars were supposed to be only ordered if you proved the car was going to be raced, very few were never raced...there is no evidence of any other 1989 Trans Am 1LE’s that were never raced. There was supposed to be a couple that were produced to be back-up cars, those cars would have been fitted with roll bars etc, this car...no roll bars ever installed. 100% never raced. Could even be the only 89 Trans Am 1LE/R7U not raced. less than 17,000 kms (10,500miles)
no accidents, all original paint with the exception of the left front flip up headlight cover. It’s been started and run frequently to avoid dried seals and gaskets. All the rubbers and door seals are impeccable, interior is 9.9 out of 10. no cracking, tears, or fading in anyway, completely showroom ready on the inside and outside. The underneath of the car has some light flash surface rust on the normal exposed unprotected parts, easily reversed to be show ready. It drives like new with no rattles or shakes, starts and runs perfect. The spoiler needs to be replaced it has shrunk and the hatch struts also need to be replaced. The carpet was carefully lifted in the front where the roll bars would have been attached and also lifted in the rear. 100% truly un-raced. Out of the 17 R7U’s Some were destroyed during the races, some were modified further and destroyed in other series and others just were just mile’d out and completely neglected. How many are remaining? Not many. If you are a US buyer exporting to the USA is very simple because it’s over 25 years old. At that age it doesn’t have to pass DOT or emission standards (which it would pass both anyhow) so it easy to get title and transport. No wait times at all.