• Sep 4, 2009
Kevin Morgan Pontiac Trans Am - Click above to watch two videos after the break

Few Pontiac models will be missed by as many people as the Trans Am. From its humble origins in 1969 as an option package on the two-year-old Firebird platform through the Super Duty days and the Bandit Special Editions, right on up to the final Ram Air LS1-powered F-Bodies from 2002, Pontiac's longest-lived muscle car has always enjoyed a loyal following.

So dedicated are these Poncho fanatics that the Trans Am name seems destined to live on past the death of the brand that originally spawned it. We've taken a look at Kevin Morgan's Phoenix TA revival once already, and now the first such Camaro-based machine has been driven off the car carrier in front of a few hundred screaming chickens fans at last weekend's 25th Anniversary Trans Am Nationals in Dayton, Ohio.

Perhaps fittingly, this initial 'bird was painted up in a classic black and gold paint scheme complete with a fire-breathing hood applique and a split front beak reminiscent of the 1977 and 1978 Trans Ams. Naturally, there's a shaker scoop mounted atop the quivering hood feeding fresh air into what we assume is a stock LS3 6.2-liter V8 putting out 426 horsepower. The only things that are missing are T-Tops and a CB radio. Well, that, and a young Sally Field. Click past the break to watch the video.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      it still looks too much like a camaro, but with a body kit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy crap, that totally insults the Pontiac heritage. Flame me if you want, but I can say these things... I owned a Trans/Am 25 years ago, and loved that car.

      How could these hicks not understand why it's so embarrassing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Thus, this whole "modern" concept of a Firebird is essentially the same way the first one was created. Given that perspective, it's not too much of a stretch."

        what's funny is that the modern GTO did this. People complained that it looked like nothing more than a Grand Am, but they forgot (or didn't know) that the original GTO was nothing more than a Tempest with a big engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a flame, per se, just some history.

        The only reason the Firebird existed at all is because John DeLorean was royally pissed about not getting his wish for a smaller sports car at Pontiac, while Chevy had been working on the Camaro for about three years already by 1966. Hence, GM embarked on a crash course to make a version for Pontiac - which essentially consisted of adding a new front clip, some slightly different taillights, and a few tweaks to the interior (along with Pontiac's own engines, of course).

        Thus, this whole "modern" concept of a Firebird is essentially the same way the first one was created. Given that perspective, it's not too much of a stretch.

        I personally could wish for a bit more differentiation than what was actually achieved, but it's a good first step - it makes the idea "real" in some way beyond pixels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      my first car was a 1973 trans am,and had four more firebirds in my life,i was sad about pontiac. thats the semi trailor from smokey and the bandit to the right, i actually saw that thing when i was a kid im from Jupiter Florida which is Burt Reynolds home town they filmed part of the moive there and the semi and stunts cars were parked in a shopping plasa at night. if i had one of these i would put t-tops on it.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am a Ford Mustang man, but I kind of like the looks of that, it looks pretty cool,

      I would just make the screaming chicken logo (or whatever its called )a little smaller, and have it be a different color other than gold, maybe make it black, and that would look cool
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it come with a mullet-weave?

      Self-applicator for the mustard stain on one's wife-beater?

      8-track with iPod adapter?

      Burt Reynolds reversible chest-wig/toupee?

      Questions that need answers...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it actually comes with *Burt Reynolds.*

        He's not doing much these days, you see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yep. still fat
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what they thought of, a Pontiac Camaro? GM is at it again, rebadge engineering at it's "best".... truly disappointing
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its not a GM concept. Its some dude that had an awesome idea and a tool box full of fail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ah thank you for clearing things up. Still, the sketches were respectable and the outcome was a poorly executed car. They should take some extra time and MONEY to revise the look so it could achieve the looks of the sketch because this model is again, just a cheap Camero knockoff.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BEAUTIFUL.

      I'm a fan of the new camaro but this is HOT.

      Here's a case of 'badge engineering' that I could go for!
        • 5 Years Ago
        you probably wont like the rear end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy hell that is hot and it sounds awesome.
      If there was any reason for keeping Pontiac it is this.
      I am grinning ear to ear.
        • 5 Years Ago
        to bad if our dreams came true and this was built as a pontiac, people would all just say its just a simple rebadge. Pontiac had so much potential as a small performance car company.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad to see Pontiac go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure many will find this Camaro variant appealing, but I would be hugely embarrassed to be seen driving it. Some things from the late 70s/ early 80s should never, ever resurface.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow i'll be in the minority here but i think it looks terrible. The concept sketches looked bad ass, but it screams FAIL in excecution. Whereas the sketches showed some very nice and unique lines and body parts, the final version in steel looks just like a Camaro with tacked on bits. Did they even change the front fascia? It looks like they just popped in a cheap Ebay grille with a Pontiac badge and some honeycomb plastic.

      The rear lights look like poo. They dont flow with the rest of the car, the duckbill is way too high and also doesnt flow with the car. At the LEAST they could have changed the front and rear bumper covers and the headlights. The scoop in the header panel looks like poo. Its not very Pontiac-ish. The 'shaker' is totally wrong for this car. It should umm.. SHAKE. Not be a power dome like an 80s turbo Buick. Even the last Mach1 had a proper shaker. Even though it probably was more restrictive than a stocker GT intake, the cool factor of it being REAL was worth it.

      Im disappointed. I almost bought a G8 before the economy took a total dump, so i had high hopes of something representative and proper of Pontiac. On the plus side... i saw my first G8 this morning with a Holden body conversion at a car show this morning. Awesome looking.
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