Pontiac Trans Am story starts as early as 1967, when the first Firebird model was introduced. It was based on Chevrolet Camaro platform and came with popular “Coke bottle” styling, which was very trendy at that time. Some of the most recognizable features of the first Firebird were integrated bumpers and headlights inspired by the ones see on Pontiac GTO.
Pontiac plans at the time were to produce original sports car two seat coupe, but General Motors directive made them produce this pony car version, since they thought that an original sports car would make some troubles for their most popular sports car model at the time, Chevrolet Corvette. Even with these changes Trans Am managed to attract huge number of fans and that is something we can see through a popularity of potential new models.
Second generation model came in 1970, and it was the first model that had a Fenix picture on its hood. This model looked much more like the Pontiac Trans Am we know today. This is also the first year when Trans Am name was added to this vehicle’s special edition model, which was called the Bandit before. Trans Am was offered as more than a few special edition models throughout second generation production including: Macho Trans Am Package, 50th anniversary edition, 10th Trans Am anniversary edition in 1979 and last but not least two Turbo Trans Am editions made for Indy 500 and NASCAR races.
Third generation model was released in 1982 and it was produced until 1992. It came with a lot of changes and the most visible one is the redesign of this vehicle’s nose and front fascia. Another thing that came with new model is reduced body weight due to the big oil crises that doubled the oil prices in United States. As a result we received much better vehicle compared to previous version in terms of performances and fuel economy.
Pontiac Trans Am History
One of the biggest innovations for third generation is that Pontiac engineers succeeded to bring better output figures than in the 1981 model, and still keep this vehicle much more fuel efficient than second generation Firebird. This was all done by reducing the car’s weight. This vehicle followed the Camaro redesigned which also received similar exterior styling and reduced body weight. This was one of the turning points in Trans Am history.
Fourth generation was produced between 1993 and 2002. It came with sportier and sleeker exterior styling and it was based on the Banshee IV concept vehicle released few years before. Standard version of fourth generation Firebird received 3.6 liter V6 engine and it was able to produce 160 horsepower, while the Trans am package included 5.0 liter Tuned Port injection V8 engine which was able to produce 305 horsepower until 2000 and from 2000 until 2002 5 horsepower more. This special package model was also used a lot in racing.
History Of Pontiac Trans Am
While viewing Pontiac Trans Am history it is hard not to ask yourself what does the future hold for this vehicle. After Pontiac production shut down, this was one of the most stylish and original vehicles America was left without, and since then there are a lot of rumors on launching another edition of this legendary car. There are also body shops that can turn your Chevrolet Camaro into Trans Am, by adding some popular features from the previous generations like hood, spoilers and painting a big scary bird on the car’s hood.