Fast, fun, and affordable, this 1997 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am convertible already instantly caught your eye

But when you dig deeper to discover that this well-preserved and well-presented car – right down to its fuel-injected V8 – then you can see how this is a terrific and affordable way to get your hands on a young drop-top classic.

Although unknown on the title, the low odometer is believed to reflect this car’s full actual mileage based on its condition and the history report we pulled. That means averaging only about 2,800 miles annually. So not only is the bright red paint believed to be the factory application, but it also retains the deep shine you get from less use. Plus, as you look over the body, you can tell it received the right care. The panels fit well, including the flush-mounted headlights. The Trans Am’s aero ground effects package is still complete. And the attractive black folding roof fits snugly. Fog lights up front, quad exhaust tips, and one of the coolest integrated rear spoilers ever all deliver a package that’s worthy of an attention-grabbing drop-top sports car.

The interior comes loaded with all the best features, including leather seats, power locks, keyless entry, cruise control, and a premium factory AM/FM/cassette stereo with CD changer and seven-band equalizer. There are even provisions for R134a air conditioning (it will need servicing to blow ideally cold again.) Plus, a modern classic means modern safety features like dual airbags and anti-lock brakes. This is a true driver’s car, and that’s why you have great extras like a power adjust lumbar in the seat and stereo controls on the steering wheel. But the features you’ll like the most are the power windows and power convertible roof. That means you never have to leave the driver’s seat to go from enclosed luxury to a wind-in-your-hair experience.

Another great feature of a modern classic is modern fuel-injected power. Upgrading a Firebird to a Trans Am in ’97 meant getting GM’s top-dog motor. It’s the 350 cubic-inch LT1 V8 that was shared with the C4 Corvette. It was rated at 285 hp when new, and by the stock presentation of the motor, we doubt any of these ponies have escaped over the last few decades. More advantages of a modern classic include the convenience of a four-speed automatic, which provides enough gears to be quick off the line, as well as cruise comfortably on the highway. Plus, with four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, and Trans Am’s sport suspension, this is one fantastic all-around driver.

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