The 1991 Pontiac Trans Am GTA Was the End of the Line for the Third-Gen F-Body

This was the last update the third-gen Firebird received before it was replaced. It was a fitting send-off.

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In the early 1990s, enthusiasts feared that the pony car was dead. Both Ford and GM considered replacing their rear-drive coupes with cheaper front-drive performance cars, but thankfully they soldiered on. The 1991 Pontiac Trans Am GTA was nearly a farewell to the long-running nameplate.

Thankfully it wasn't, but it was the end of the line for GM's third-generation F-platform. Introduced in 1982, this platform helped redeem the Firebird and Chevrolet's Camaro from their 1970s malaise. Sure, early third-gen Firebirds were available with Pontiac's infamous "Iron Duke" four-cylinder, but the '91 GTA had a 240-hp 5.7-liter V8 similar to the one used in the Corvette at the time.

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Back in the day the good people at MotorWeek really dug the green GTA the tested. They admired its big power, capable handling, strong brakes, and its surprisingly well appointed interior. Understandably, they were less enamored with its $24,000 price, but at the time, that was a fair compromise for the performance and comfort the GTA offered.

The third-gen F-body might have been ten years old at this point, but it clearly wasn't done having fun.

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