LIMA — Mike and Stephanie Lane, of Lima, brought two of their Trans Am’s to the Happy Daz Cruise-In on Wednesday night.
Mike Lane said he likes the body style of the Pontiac Trans Ams. He has owned a Trans Am ever since he was 16, although not these particular models.
The silver Trans Am is a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, a 10th anniversary model.
“They only made 7,500 of them,” Lane said.
Lane has owned this car for two years.
Pontiac marked the 10th anniversary of its Trans Am with a platinum silver paint featuring gray upper paint accents. The interior included custom-embroidered Firebird emblems with red-lighting gauges. The hood decal extended off the hood on this model and onto the front fenders.
The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am was the official pace car during the 1979 Daytona 500. Pontiac sold 116,535 Trans Ams that year, the highest sold in a year.
The white 1989 Pontiac Trans Am is a 20th anniversary model.
“Only 1,500 of these were made,” said Lane.
The Lanes have owned this vehicle for approximately six months. They traded another vintage car for this model.
While the iconic emblem isn’t featured sprawled across the hood, the beauty and sportiness of this car can’t be escaped. Pontiac kept it low-key on this anniversary model, with white paint adorned by 20th anniversary emblems. The 20th anniversary Trans Am again paced the Daytona 500 during 1989.
The Lane’s enjoy driving their cars, when weather permits.
“They only go out on nice days,” Lane said. “They make me feel young again. They go fast, and they don’t make them like these anymore.”
Sitting at home was their 25th Anniversary model Trans Am, a 1994 Pontiac Trans Am.