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  1. Trans Am Guru

    More on the 1976 Trans Am

    The turning point for the late 1970's Trans Am's occurred in 1976. The corporate bean pontiac.com counters had all but given up on killing off the T/A, especially when they saw the enormous profit the model was bringing in. Gradually, nearly as many Trans Am's left the assembly line as the other...
  2. Trans Am Guru

    1970 Pontiac Firebird 400 Ram Air History

    We know it's not a Trans Am, but it's still an important piece of Firebird history! The story behind the development of GM’s F-body ponycars has been well documented. When Ford’s groundbreaking Mustang debuted in 1964, it tapped an emerging youth market that was hungry for a new type of car...
  3. Trans Am Guru

    1973 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty SD-455!

    Car & Driver, May 1973 First Road Test Just when we had fast cars relegated to the museum sections, Pontiac has surprised everyone and opened a whole new exhibit. How it ever got past the preview audience in GM's board room is a mystery, but here it is—the car that couldn't happen. And the list...
  4. Trans Am Guru

    Why the last Pontiac Firebirds are worth more than the Chevy Camaros!

    In the wonderful world of modern muscle cars, the big rivals are the Mustang and Camaro, and that’s the way it’s pretty much always been. For most of its history, however, the Camaro had a cousin of sorts in the Pontiac Firebird. They came up together in 1967, they weathered the fuel crisis and...
  5. Trans Am Guru

    1980-81 Turbo Trans Am!

    Pontiac’s Trans Am has, for most of its life, sought to transcend mere ponycardom and has been posited as Pontiac’s “European-style” sports car. For the decade that saw the second-gen cars prowl the showrooms and streets, divisional propaganda claimed that Trans Am had a Euro-feel to it. Oh, it...
  6. Trans Am Guru

    K.I.T.T. from "Knight Rider" Will Fly Again!

    From our friends over at KITT STILL ROCKS - They are teaming up with The Northeast Ohio Dukes (NEOD) club to stage a K.I.T.T. "turbo boost"! The last time K.I.T.T. was jumped was WAY back in late 1985 when the series was still in production! Details are scarce at this point, and no dates or...
  7. Trans Am Guru

    Is the 2002 Trans Am the best muscle car ever?

    The engine revs climb to a crescendo and the tire-shredding torque kicks in as the clutch is released. One might expect it to breathe fire, but instead you are greeted with something even better: loud, deep crackling exhaust notes. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 is the most beastly bird in...
  8. Trans Am Guru

    Solving the Mystery of the “Lost” Eighth 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible

    Can you imagine it being March 1969, and the local salesman tells you about this great new car just released from General Motors, the Trans Am? For just under $750 you could upgrade your normal Firebird to legendary status. That first year a mere 689 Trans Am hardtops were built. Even rarer are...
  9. Trans Am Guru

    The Controversial 1977 Trans Am "Bandit Jump" - UPDATE!

    This post is a follow up to our coverage of the "Bandit Jump" controversy. You can read the original story here: Detroit City Council rejects car stunt because of Confederate Flag As we are sure most of you have heard by now, our friends at the Northeast Ohio Dukes (NEOD) were recently...
  10. Trans Am Guru

    The 1985 Kammback Trans Am Prototype

    Pontiac had a really bad habit of showing off cool Trans Am wagon concepts and then not putting them into production. We’re not saying that building more sporty shooting brakes would have kept the brand around, but we’re not not saying that, either. Mecum’s January event in Kissimmee, Florida...
  11. Trans Am Guru

    1976 50th Anniversary Pontiac Trans Am

    A 50th anniversary is a celebratory milestone no matter the venue, and 1976 marked 50 years of vehicle production for Pontiac. What better way to commemorate the golden feat than with a special version of the Division’s marquee performance model-the Trans Am? Finished in Starlight Black and...
  12. Trans Am Guru

    2017 Trans Am Depot Super Duty T/A!

    With the demise of the Pontiac brand came the end of a long lineage of muscle cars. No, Pontiac wasn't offering the most exciting lineup at its death, save for the Holden-sourced G8, but history means something. It means quite a bit to the team at Trans Am Depot, which decided the show must go...
  13. Trans Am Guru

    1987-1991 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

    High-performance aficionados gained a new choice-a beastly, if not nasty, GTA rendition of the long-lived Trans Am. In addition to such appearance items as a revised spoiler and rocker skirts, the $2,700 GTA option included the biggest V-8 to be found under Firebird hoods in years: 350-cid...
  14. Trans Am Guru

    The Herb Adams Designed Pontiac Fire Ams!

    Herb Adams is the father of the Fire Am. He was an engineer with Pontiac during the 60s and help develop the handling package that would later be installed on the car that would become the Trans Am. In 1977 he was asked by Pontiac to build a special Trans Am while living within two requirements...
  15. Trans Am Guru

    1977-78 Firebird Trans Am

    Trans Ams and Firebirds were dramatically redesigned up front for 1977. The new fascia was comprised of a single piece of flexible Reaction Injected Molded urethane, which replaced the previous year's separate Endura bumper and fiberglass header panel. According to Pontiac, "Sandwiched between...
  16. Trans Am Guru

    2009 Lingenfelter Trans Am (Fifth Gen Camaro Base)

    Given Pontiac’s demise, it’s clear there won’t be any factory-baked Pontiac Trans-Am coming from General Motors. Enter the aftermarket, which has become suddenly eager to serve buyers wanting a new-school T/A. Here is the Lingenfelter take on turning the fifth gen Camaro SS into the modern...
  17. Trans Am Guru

    The First Two 1967 Pontiac Firebirds

    View the gallery here! Fans of the Discovery Channel’s Fast ‘N’ Loud have enjoyed the account of Gas Monkey Garage’s epic acquisition, restoration and sale of two very significant muscle cars: the first and second Firebirds ever built. These two of Pontiac’s “Magnificent Five” were bought from...
  18. Trans Am Guru

    1982 CRC-Chemicals Trans-Am Championship Racing Series

    View our gallery here! The Trans-Am Series was created in 1966 by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) President John Bishop. Originally known as the Trans-American Sedan Championship, the name was changed to the Trans-American Championship for 1967 and henceforth. The series has in fact gone by...
  19. Trans Am Guru

    1982 - 84 Recaro Trans Ams

    When Pontiac introduced its third-generation Firebird Trans Am for the 1982 model year, it wanted to remind consumers that the model’s heritage hadn’t been forgotten. Dating to 1976 as a production model (and 1973 as a concept), the black-with-gold paint scheme immortalized by the 1977 film...
  20. Trans Am Guru

    1979 Tenth Anniversary Pontiac Trans Am (TATA)

    View our full gallery here! The 1979 Pontiac 10th Anniversary Trans Am was another commemorative Firebird, this one marking the first decade of Pontiac's still-successful Pony car. The 10th Anniversary Trans Am was officially priced at around $10,600, but the announced low production and the...