1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula Coupe Vehicle Profile

1988 Pontiac Firebird photograph

1988 Pontiac Firebird photograph

1988 Pontiac Firebird1988 Pontiac Firebird
Formula Coupe
For 1988, Pontiac produced 62,455 examples of the F-body Firebird. The 2-door coupe came as the Trans Am, Trans AM GTA, and the Formula. 17 major changes and engineering modifications were made to the car. The base engine was an overhead valve six-cylinder engine displacing 2.8 liters and offering 135 horsepower. An optional overhead valve 5.0-liter V8 was available, boosting horsepower to 170 BHP (depending on configuration - 190 BHP and 215 BHP). The V8 engine found in the GTA model produced 225 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission with overdrive and a four-speed automatic were available.

The base models came with 15 x 7 inch deep-dish Hi-Tech Turbo or diamond spoke aluminum wheels, an AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and clock, Pallex cloth interior trim, re-designed four-spoke steering wheel, new Camel colored interior, monotone paint treatments, plus two new exterior colors (orange metallic and silver blue metallic). The base engine was a 2.8-liter MFI v-6.

Other features of the base model Firebird were high-mounted stop lamp, analog instrumentation, full-length console with instrument panel, side window defoggers, front air dam, GM Computer Command Control system, rectangular-shaped concealed quarter halogen headlights, monochromatic paint, AM/FM stereo, cloth reclining bucket seats in the front, folding rear seat, four-spoke steering wheel, and lockable storage compartment.

Formula models, which had a base price of $12,000, rode on 16 x 8 inch Hi-Tech Turbo cast aluminum wheels and powered by a 5.0-liter throttle-body injection V8 engine. All 5.0-liter and 5.7-liter engines now featured full-gauge along clusters and a 140-mph speedometer.

The Trans Am GTA models, which had a base price of $19,300, now had a remote deck lid release, power antenna, power windows, power door locks, body side moldings, air conditioning, lamp group, tinted glass, Pass Key theft deterrent steering, AM/FM stereo with cassette and graphic equalizer, and right-hand visor vanity mirror. GTA models now also had leather-trimmed articulating bucket seats in the front.

GTA models came equipped with a 5.7-liter TPI V8, disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, dual power mirrors, power articulating front bucket seats, power deck lid release, power door locks, power windows, AM/FM stereo with cassette and anti-theft feature, performance suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel radio controls, four-speed automatic gearbox, and 16 x 8-inch gold-colored light-weight diamond-spoke aluminum wheels.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2018 3
2017 4
2016 1
2015 3
2014 6
2013 3
2012 3
2011 1
2010 2
2009 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$11,660$19,2503
2017$8,369$15,4004
2016$8,750$8,7501
2015$8,417$11,0003
2014$9,617$15,5006
2013$11,387$23,0003
2012$7,367$10,5003
2011$11,500$11,5001
2010$6,925$7,7502
2009$21,450$21,4501

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1988 sales)
1988 Pontiac Trans Am
Sold for $9,350
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA
Chassis#: 1G2FW2188JL210309
Sold for $6,380
  2018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA
Sold for $19,250
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM
Chassis#: 1G2FW2185JL216536
Sold for $15,400
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula
Sold for $4,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am
Sold for $9,400
  2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle
 
1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA
Sold for $4,675
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1988 Pontiac GTA Trans AM
Sold for $8,750
  2016 Silver Auction - Coeur d'Alene
 
1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM GTA
Sold for $4,000
  2015 Leake Auction - Dallas
 
1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD FORMULA 350 HATCHBACK
Chassis#: 1G2FS2181JL244538
Sold for $11,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA
Sold for $10,250
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD FORMULA 2 DOOR COUPE
Chassis#: 1G2FS21E8JL246681
Sold for $13,200
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Convertible
Sold for $11,500
  2014 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am
Sold for $15,500
  2014 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA
Sold for $7,000
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 
1988 Pontiac Formula
Sold for $5,500
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Coupe
Sold for $5,000
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 
1988 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
Sold for $6,160
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe
Sold for $5,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA
Sold for $23,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1988 Pontiac Firebird's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1988 Pontiac Trans Am 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$11,000  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am 2018 Mecum : Houston$7,500  
1988 PONTIAC TRANS AM 2017 Leake Tulsa$8,500  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am 2016 Mecum : Chicago$9,000  
1988 Pontiac GTA Firebird Trans AM 2016 Silver Auction Missoula$8,750  
1988 Pontiac Trans AM GTA 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Spring Carlisle   
1988 Pontiac Firebird GTA 2016 Silver Auction Arizona in January 2016$4,250  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am1G2FW21F1JL2014822014 Mecum : Anaheim$7,000  
1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula1G2FS218XJL2492672014 Mecum : Anaheim$4,000  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$15,000  
1988 Pontiac Firebird GTA 2013 MidAmerica Auctions 27th Annual Twin Cities Classic Car Auction$8,500  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Notchback 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$8,500  
1988 Pontiac Firebird Formula 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$3,500  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am 2012 Mecum St Charles, Il$8,500  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA 383 CI, WS6 Suspension 2012 Mecum St Charles, Il$3,000  
1988 Pontiac Firebird Convertible Conversion 2012 Auctions America Auburn Fall$6,400  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA 383 CI, Automatic 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$6,000  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida   
1988 Pontiac GTA Notchback Coupe 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$10,000  
1988 Pontiac GTA Notchback Coupe 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$8,500  
1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM1G2FW21F7JL2110622011 Silver Auction DAA Big Sky   
1988 PONTIAC TRANS AM GTA NOTCHBACK 2011 Auctions America Spring Carlisle$14,000  
1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA 2010 Mecum Auctions St. Charles Auction$8,500  
1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 2010 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$1,750  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Two Door 2010 Leake Auctions Oklahoma City, Oklahoma$6,250  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Two Door 2010 Leake Auctions Oklahoma City, Oklahoma$7,400  
1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 2009 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$3,100  
1988 Pontiac Firebird223678U1200642009 MidAmerica Auctions Saint Paul RiverCentre$32,000  
1988 Pontiac Trans AM Coupe Formula 2008 Mecum St. Charles, IL Auction$6,500  
1988 Pontiac Trans Am GTA 2007 RM Auctions Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction$5,000  

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