The thing about classics is that sometimes things become classics far more quickly than you’d expect. Or do they? Is model year 2002 old enough for a vehicle to be a classic? Or at least collectable? This owner certainly hopes so. And it doesn’t hurt that in the years since then, they’ve put almost no miles on their future-classic. It’s a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am. With only 215 miles (348 km).
The Pontiac Firebird is one of the more iconic pony cars. Introduced not long after Ford’s Mustang originated the segment, in an effort to compete with the stampeding success of the Blue Oval. And the Firebird lasted for 35 years. Discontinued in 2002.
This 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM Convertible was fitted with the WS6 package. That added 20 more horsepower to the 5.7L V8. Up to 305. It added wider 17-inch wheels, suspension improvements, and oval exhaust pipes. That makes this a more special Trans AM. But there’s more to this car.
It’s only had one owner since new. And that owner has kept it in a garage since 2002. And while many parked for collectability cars sit and rot, the seller says this one’s been started and run with fresh fuel regularly to help keep the engine and seals fresh. It just hasn’t moved very far. But there’s still more to this car.
A company called GMMG, run by a former SLP regional manager, built modified versions of the Trans Am. The Georgia-based tuner built very low numbers, inspired by the COPO cars of the 1960s.
GMMG built a special version of the Trans Am called the Blackbird. It added performance options above what GM had put on the car. In 2002, GMMG built a special 35th Anniversary Trans Am. Exclusively for Carl Black Pontiac in Kennesaw, GA.
Those cars added more power. Up to 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque from the LS1 V8. It included a new airbox with Anniversary Edition decal and a cat back exhaust. Special ARE wheels were fitted. There was a short shifter with Hurst ball, and a number of cosmetic options like a cover, fender badges, and a plaque.
These were sold as new cars by the dealer. Because of issues with GM that year, there were only 19 of these Anniversary Edition cars built. Only one was painted black with a convertible top. You guessed it. This one.
It’s for sale right now on eBay, and the buy it now price isn’t much more than the car sold for when new. And that’s before inflation. It’s a chance to get a special version of a car that likely nobody else will have heard of. And that’s pretty cool all by itself. Before you remember that this is a brand new 2002 car. Which is pretty cool.