The 1980s must have been an interesting decade. I wasn’t around then, but I imagine that once you got past the cocaine and the leg warmers, you could find some pretty neat cars. Many of the enthusiast icons of that decade are European (read: F40) or Japanese (read: Corolla GT-S). America, on the other hand, was seemingly in the doldrums.
Sure, there were interesting cars made in the U.S., but the yuppy-types seemed far more interested in European offerings, especially those from Germany. I could certainly see why.
GM tried their hand at emulating the Germans, especially with Pontiac, and the results were anything but orthodox. What resulted was the 6000 STE, on of the most obscure sport sedans that I’ve come across. While the standard 6000 was as ho-hum as they get, the STE tried to make things exciting. I wouldn’t exactly call it successful, though.
Whereas the gold standard BMW 5-Series was rear-wheel-drive, the 6000 was front-wheel-drive, with the option of all-wheel-drive. Making the Pontiac all the more “sporty” is the fact that the all-wheel-drive STE was available with only a three-speed automatic. Three. In 1989. If that isn’t depressing, I don’t know what is.
The example for sale here seems to be in amazing condition considering what it is. If you’re in the market for an Eighties sport sedan with a three-speed automatic, look no further.
As per the ad:
Extremely unique/rare one owner California classic with only 85,000 miles. Pontiac made just 1,376 identically equipped examples in only two color options. All original with no modifications or body work performed. Full time All Wheel Drive (AWD) system powered by 3.1 multi-port V6 mated to 3-speed automatic transmission. Body is straight and clean with no rust or door dings. Interior is spotless with no signs of wear. New headliner installed. Runs strong and clean with no fluid leaks. Digital readout dash with unique options such as lumbar power seats, automatic load leveling system with built in compressor to inflate tires. Period correct Goodyear Eagle GT+4 tires with 75% tread remaining. Professionally detailed right down to the engine bay. Use it as a sure footed daily driver with superior winter traction or save it as a classic and take it to shows to enjoy. Very few of these cars still around in this condition.