Pontiac always delivered with the Trans Am, keeping their halo performance car at the very forefront of the horsepower wars, and along the way there were some pretty good-looking machines, too. This 2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 convertible is perhaps the pinnacle of Pontiac F-body evolution, and with limited edition status as Rusty Wallace's lap car at the 2002 Daytona 500, it's one that no Pontiac collection should be without. OK, so the WS6 was never subtle, with a bunch of scoops, flares, and lights all competing for your attention. But finishing it in bright yellow with special graphics makes this one eyeball-popping and believe me, this is one Trans AM you do NOT want to mess with on the street. But it has other tricks up its sleeve beyond horsepower, and as one of only a limited number built. In fact, it's #23 of 41 lap cars used and was Rusty Wallace's ride at the event, so it's more than just a tape and decal package. With 32,900 original miles, it has obviously been a cherished collectors' item since it was new, and the limited use ensures that it's been kept in top mechanical shape, too. The composite body panels remain in first-class condition with paint that's deep and glossy, showing signs of meticulous care throughout its life. Despite the horsepower injection this car has received, it sure looks like it has lived an easy life and certainly never spent much time in inclement weather. The decals are in excellent shape and aside from a few paint chips in the usual locations, this car is in excellent shape. Pontiac's stylists did one heck of a job with the Trans Am's interior, visually separating it from the Camaro and giving it a very unique look. Deeply sculpted buckets are supportive enough for the spirited driving that this car encourages, and as the top-of-the-line machine, just about everything was standard equipment. The seats are leather-wrapped, there's A/C, power window and locks, and cruise control, and it's a real joy to see a genuine shift-it-yourself 6-speed gear lever in the center of the console, complete with factory Hurst short-throw shifter and a Rusty Wallace #2 shift knob. The AM/FM/CD stereo still sounds great, ideal for top-down motoring. The black power convertible top stows under a semi-rigid boot that makes this one of the sleekest convertibles around, and trunk space is adequate for a car that's going to be a favorite to drive. The original Corvette-based engine featured ram air induction and made a robust 325 horsepower, plenty for use on the track. Even today, this is a very quick car, and the civilized LS1 starts instantly, idles smoothly, and never shows any indications that it's a fussy, high-strung powerplant. Modifications are plentiful for these engines, but this car shows exactly none, which is how you want a sure-fire collector piece to be. Aside from a few hot laps at Daytona, it's never been raced or abused and if you look around under the hood, you'll find that almost everything is just the way the factory left it back in 2002. The 6-speed manual gearbox is a desirable upgrade and shifts beautifully, offering punchy performance around town and a towering overdrive gear for the highway. The suspension was up to the rigors of Daytona, so you'll be thrilled with its abilities around town and the blacked-out 5-spoke wheels and 275/40/17 performance radials give it a nasty look. This awesome Trans Am with a very cool history. You could spend this much on a stock Trans Am but you wouldn't have as much fun. Call today!