Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5k: How Was I Supposed To Know: 1988 Pontiac Sunbird GT

Showing up to a car show with a mint condition Pontiac Sunbird GT convertible is the equivalent of showing up to a battered women's support meeting and introducing yourself with an a cappella rendition of Britney Spears' breakout single "Hit Me Baby One More Time."  No one will want to sit next to you...but...you'll find a few stand outs who recognize your brilliance.  Find this 1988 Pontiac Sunbird GT convertible offered for  $5,500 in Woodland Hills, CA via craigslist.


This was a car that was affectionately known around the pre-internet world as the Sh*tbird.  It is one of those cars about which folks now universally nod their head and claim they knew it was pile of crap while they seriously considered buying one back in 1988.  Yup, the Sunbird, what was Pontiac thinking.  I dunno honey, but you've got two of them in the weeds out back.


For all the things Pontiac did wrong with this pile of crap in the 1980s with their product offerings, they certainly put together an awesome wheel design for the 'Bird.  I put these up with the Saab Inca alloys in the list of cool 14 inch factory wheels.


Power in the 'Bird GT comes from a 2.0 liter single overhead cam inline-4 that pushes out 165 horsepower and 175 ft-lbs of torque.  The LT3 was also available in the '87-'89 Pontiac Grand Am SE and the '87 Buick Skyhawk T-Type. 


This 'Bird is equipped with an automatic gearbox, which is unfortunate because it could be at least sorta cool to drive with a 5-speed.  The GT version got you a 120 mph speedometer back in the 85mph era.


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16 comments:

  1. Those are some nifty wheels, what else would they look nice on aside from a Fiero? Anything not from the 80's? A Prius?

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    1. They would look really nice on a Prius.

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    2. PontiSnack used them on just about everything they could throw them on. But you already knew that, didncha?

      [img]http://px6.streetfire.net/0001/10/09/1200190_600.jpg[/img]

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    3. The wheels on the Firebird Formula there look concave, whilst the Sunbird's are slightly convex. Definitely the same style, different execution.

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    4. Had to; wheel width.

      [img]http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1758/1821/4393410001_large.jpg?v=1[/img]

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  2. This brakes all rules of physics and logic.
    On what hermetically sealed planet was this stored on?
    You can't polish a turd but I guess you can keep one in mint condition.

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    1. The paddle-shifting horn is pretty awesome as well

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  3. Last words in the ad: "Totally restored. Won't last." True enough.

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  4. Not only does the seller have a car under a cover in the driveway(Lincoln?), but there are two more covered cars in the street. I wonder what other "treasures" the seller has been hoarding. Who wouldn't love a mint condition 1984 Plymouth Voyager?

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  5. The Brazilian-built four was a reasonably good engine for its day if you're talking about steel-top Sunbirds, the floppy convertible-version much less so.

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  6. Junk, utter junk. A while back i use to race a 89 le at the local circle track. It was alright with it 110 (maybe) horsepower against other j bodies and the odd accord. When the track let the s.o.h.c neons on the track it was all over for all the j-bodys.

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  10. I only hit publish once but got four posts. Whats up with that.

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    1. DT jackpot?

      Seriously, I dunno. Lemme check with Fat Tony in the IT dept.

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