Inverse 2 of 1
In 1999 Pontiac built 1,600 30th Anniversary TransAms to help commemorate the launch of the legendary
1969 TransAm. All cars were white with blue stripes just like their predecessors. All except for one very
special car. The F-Body brand team had aspirations for something special, a car they also wanted to use for
the 1999 Detroit Woodward Dream Cruise. They started out with a navy blue
metallic WS6 six-speed convertible. Several unique features were added to seperate this car from the rest
of the pack. White 30th Anniversary stripes were used, magnesium corvette C5 rims were painted white with giant
BFG G-Force rubber on them, white
decals and badges, white convertible top, special 1 of 1 emblem, and a custom one-off two-tone interior
was thrown in. The car also had some modifications such as BAER brakes, a Borla exhaust, and beefier suspension
pieces. This car made it's debut at the 1999 Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.
The car was an instand attraction and many thought this is what the 1,600 30th Anniversary cars should
of been. The car would later go on to be used as a Century 21/Pontiac promotion and sweepstakes give away. The pictures
that follow are of the original inverse in its original form.
On with the story.. John Skopos of Warren, Ohio had planned on owning a black WS6 convertible, but ordered a
automatic navy blue metallic convertible with a black top and gray leather. John inquired about the 30th
Anniversary cars while at the dealership, but the salesperson didn't have any information. After being
built John's car arrived and was happy with it, but the 30th cars had also hit the street and he knew he
car was missing a little something. The pictures that follow are of the original car John ordered.
While surfing the internet and checking out f-body websites John came across photos of the original
inverse car, possible on this very site back in its beginning states. John was very blown away with
the looks of that car. John set some goals and started his plan rolling. John had a shop replicate
the white stripes and had them on the car a few weeks later. That was just the first step though. John
spent a considerable amount of money replacing the interior and changing the top to a white one. John
also purchased a set of stock 17x9 ws6 rims and had them converted over from polished chrome to white.
Doubt came over John whether putting all this money into a car that lived in the garage with bascially
no more then break-in mileage on it was even worth it.
John and his wife Christine finished the car just in time for the 2000 Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals
and brought it to the show. It was exactly one year earlier the original inverse was at this location. Well,
the inverse again was at the 2000 show along with John's new "copy" of the car. This is were things get
kind of interesting. John had copied the original car so well, along with the fact I mentioned earlier that
the original car had changed by losing some of it's unique stuff for the contest nobody knew which car was
the real car. The original inverse was stripped of its brakes, interior, suspension, exhaust, rims, and the
top was changed back from white to black for warrenty/liability reasons for the winner. All the people who
saw John's car were stunned by the job he had done, including Jim Mattison
of Pontiac Historical Services and Dave Tiura of
TDM. The pictures that follow are of the original car after
losing most of the unique parts and the addition of the Century 21 decals.
John's job was a gaint accomplishment and was about as close as one could get to the real thing by going
off internet pictures. However, some enthusiasts along with Jim and Dave knew it missed some of the unique
stuff originally on the original car. The original car sported a Borla exhaust system, complete Baer disc
system consisting of monster 14” cross drilled rotors with Baer aluminum calipers along with 12" rear
rotors capped again by Baer aluminum calipers. The car also had a extensive suspension work consisting
of Hotchkis parts. Also missing were giant corvette C5 magnesium rims done up in white with BFG G-Force
rubber laying the way. Jim Mattison and Dave offered to take the car back to Detroit with them from Norwalk
and help him complete his passion. John was a bit nervous to hand his keys over to someone he barely knew
and spend more money over what he had already done. However, John knew this was a once in a lifetime chance
and after being assured Jim Mattison is a man with a large name in Pontiac's history, along with a phone call
to his wife the car was loaded up and left Norwalk on a Sunday evening. The pictures that follow are of the car
being loaded up with the Pontiac prototype cars to take back to Detroit for completion.
Two weeks later in Vandalia, Ohio at the 16th Annual TransAm Nationals the car was unloaded in its finished
state and handed back over to the Skopos family. They couldn't have been more pleased. Pleased in the car, and
very grateful the had meant new friends in Jim and Dave. The car was alone at this show, without the original
and was a crowd favorite. The pictures that follow are of John's car being unloaded after being completed by Jim
Mattison and others in Michigan.
The car will go on to see many shows and cruise-in's were it will uphold the legacy
of the original inverse 30th!