Tag: Pontiac Firebird

50 Years Ago The NHTSA Tried To Make America’s Cars Ugly, But Cars Fought Back

Governments and their agencies love making life hard for automakers in the name of supposedly making life better for the rest of us. There are rules about sound and exhaust emissions, and, of course, laws about safety. And to keep engineers on their toes, those regulations are constantly changing. From this year any new car […]

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A 15-Mile 1977 Trans Am Just Sold For $440,000, Outperforming These Six Blue-Chip Detroit Classics

When classic 1960s muscle car prices blew up in the 1980s, ’90s and ’00s, few people cared about the emissions-strangled machines that followed them. But the fact that someone just paid a staggering $440,000 for a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that left the factory with just 180 hp (183 PS) proves there’s serious money to […]

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This 1972 Firebird Trans Am Has The Heart Of The Last Fast Pontiac

This 1972 Pontiac Firebird restomod has been the subject of an incredibly thorough build process that took it down to individual nuts and bolts. The finished product is a stunning example of old-school muscle car style and a modern V8 powertrain. When it comes to classic cars that seem like obvious choices for restomods, the […]

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This 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Trans AM Bandit Edition With Serious Star Power Is Up For Auction

While the world suffered the demise of storied car company Pontiac more than a decade ago, one company continued to build one of its most iconic nameplates. That brand is Trans Am Depot and in the mid-2010s, it released a run of 77 custom sports cars. Now one has come up for auction and it […]

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The GM-80 Project Almost Became The First FWD Chevy Camaro And Pontiac Firebird

By the late 1980s, most of GM’s fleet was front-wheel-drive, and the Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird could have been next as shown by an early development project called the GM-80. Carmakers in the late 80s were eager to capitalize on the transition to newer technologies, with one of the most prominent examples being Ford’s attempt to […]

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The 1974 Pontiac Super Duty Trans Am Was The Last Performance Pony Car From Muscle’s Golden Age

Detroit muscle’s golden age peaked in 1970 with cars like Hemi-engined Dodge Charger R/T and LS6-code Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454. From that point, a combination of reduced compression ratios, higher insurance costs, spiraling gas prices and the weight of additional safety equipment saw power and performance tail away until by the end of the decade […]

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