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Buy These 5 Pontiac Trans Ams And (Re)Start Your Own Racing Series 26
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, racing on 12 26th, 2017

The IROC name may be closer associated with the Chevy Camaro, but it was the Pontiac Trans Am that actually served as the backbone of the series in its latter years until its demise over a decade ago.

After it went belly-up in 2007, the organizers of the series sold off all the assets – including the cars. Several of those wound up in the vaunted collection of Michael Fux. Now they’re coming up for auction, providing the rare opportunity to restart the action – this time as a vintage racing series.

Not to be confused with the (truly international) Race of Champions that takes place at the end of each racing season at shifting locations around the world, the so-called International Race of Champions was primarily targeted at drivers and fans of American oval-track racing.

It started back in 1974, when Mark Donohue won the title in a Porsche Carrera RSR – his last victory before perishing in a Formula One crash in Austria the next year. After that, it switched to all-American machinery: Camaros for twelve years, then Dodge Daytonas and Avengers for six, before moving on in 1996 to the Pontiacs you see here for the last eleven.

Based on the road-going Firebird, the IROC Trans Ams were stripped out and fitted with competition-spec V8 engines capable of producing as much as 500 horsepower, with four-speed transmissions, Penske shocks, Brembo carbon brakes, and big fat Goodyear Eagle slick radials.

Each driver piloted identical machinery, and it attracted some big names: Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter, James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi, AJ Foyt, Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Helio Castroneves, and Sebastien Bourdais all participated at one time or another. These five were driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Martrin Truex Jr, with the fifth example mostly used as a test car.

Mecum will auction off all five, along with a spare engine, in Florida on Friday, January 5. Those hoping to snag the entire grid will be able to bid on the first one, and if they win (and so choose), have that same sale price applied to the others as well. So if you’re interested in starting your own vintage racing series based on 20+year-old cars, better head to Kissimmee next week. And bring your checkbook, because each is valued at about $45k, and another $7,500 for the spare engine… adding up to an overall pre-sale estimate of over $230k for the whole lot.

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Want A (Nearly) New Pontiac Solstice? Here’s Your Chance 10
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Pontiac, Pontiac Solstice, used cars on 12 10th, 2017

It’s been about eight years now since General Motors shut down the Pontiac brand, and took the Solstice with it. But there’s one such roadster that’s coming up for auction in near-new condition.

The Solstice was Pontiac’s last two-seater, and the first it produced since the mid-engined Fiero. It shared its underpinnings with the Saturn Sky, Opel GT, and Daewoo G2X. And sad as it was for Pontiac enthusiasts to see it go, it was arguably a fitting send-off to a once celebrated marque.

The Solstice generated so much excitement for the sports-oriented brand that, within ten days of its unveiling at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, Pontiac had already taken 7,000 orders – filling up the initial order book for the entire year.

GM responded by increasing production, delivering 10,000 units by March 1. Demand remained strong the following two years to the point that, by the time production ended in 2010, over 65,000 had been made – the vast majority in the first three years. (For reference, Chevrolet sold just over 40,000 of the far-more-expensive Corvette last year, and has never sold more than 54,000 in a single year.)

Along the way, the 2.4-liter inline-four was joined by a more potent 2.0-liter turbo, and the roadster was supplemented by a targa-topped coupe. The example you see here was from among the first made, a 2006 model with the open top, in red over black, with the naturally aspirated engine – and just 1,900 miles on the odometer, making it a potential collector’s item.

In such original condition, RM Sotheby’s (whose photographer Theodore W. Pieper captured these images) estimates it will sell for about $25,000 when the gavel drops in Arizona next month. But without a reserve price, there’s no telling what might happen.

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1988 Pontiac Fiero Was Kept In Storage For 30 Years 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Barn Finds, eBay, Pontiac, Pontiac Fiero, used cars on 10 19th, 2017

Many Pontiac Fieros ended up being modified to the extremes, some of them being turned into replicas of exotic machines.
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Pontiac Firebird TT Study Brings Early Designs Back To Life 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, Renderings on 09 18th, 2017

If you're a fan of the first and second generation Pontiac Firebird, you'll find a few design cues from both cars all over this drag race-ready rendering.
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How Performance Cars Help U-2 Spy Planes Land 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in Airplane, Offbeat News, Pontiac, Pontiac GTO, Pontiac Videos, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, video on 09 3rd, 2017

Despite first taking to the skies in 1955, the Lockheed U-2 spy plane is still used in reconnaissance missions to this day and a vital tool for the air force.
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Is The Pontiac Aztek Starting To Become Cool? 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Pontiac, Pontiac Aztek, Pontiac Videos, reviews, video on 08 18th, 2017

Let's face it, the Pontiac Aztek is still one of the ugliest cars ever made, although if you look real close, it's surprisingly practical and, some might say, even interesting.
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Police Cruiser Runs Red Light, Flips Over After Motorist Crashes Into It 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Ford, Ford Explorer, Offbeat News, Police, Police Cars, Pontiac, Reports, video on 06 20th, 2017

A police cruiser was T-boned by another vehicle while responding to a motorcycle accident, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, earlier this month.
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Looks Like Car’s Mater Has Been Sleeping Around 24
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Offbeat News, Pontiac, tuning on 05 24th, 2017

While we're pretty sure this thing isn't going to one day start up on its own and seek out its maker with vengeful thoughts, we're still at a loss for words.
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Say Happy 40th To Smokey And The Bandit With This Special Trans Am 24
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Movie Cars, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird on 05 24th, 2017

This week, as our friends at Motor1 point out, marks the 40th anniversary of the cult classic Smokey and the Bandit – a film packed with car action as good as you're likely to find on the big screen or small. And we can't think of a better way to celebrate than with this very special Trans Am.
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The Owner Of This Pontiac TransAmformation Thinks It’s “Beautiful” 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in Craigslist, Galleries, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, tuning, used cars on 04 26th, 2017

Few cars are quite as American as the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and few, if any, are as awful as this one, currently up for sale on Craigslist in Kansas City.
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Classic 1970 Pontiac GTO ‘Judge’ Gets The Jay Leno Treatment 3
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Jay Leno, Pontiac, Pontiac Videos, video on 02 3rd, 2017

This classic Pontiac GTO Judge comes from a time when automakers had a great sense of humor and underrated their own horsepower ratings, mostly because of NHRA classifications and insurance reasons.
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Would You Pay $13,000 For This Pontiac Fiero-Based Ferrari F40 Replica? 5
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ferrari, Ferrari F40, Galleries, Pontiac, Pontiac Fiero, Replica, used cars on 01 5th, 2017

A Ferrari F40 replica is not exactly automotive royalty, but then again, it's not supposed to be.
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MT’s House Of Muscle Premieres Online With A Tasteful Collection Of Classics 30
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, Classics, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Dodge Videos, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Pontiac, Pontiac Videos, video on 12 30th, 2016

No matter how many years will pass, classic muscle cars will always remain a fascinating breed that represent the basic, raw idea of an everyday man's performance vehicle.
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More Ugly Somehow Makes The Pontiac Aztek More Beautiful 12
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Fiat, Pontiac, Renderings on 12 12th, 2016

The Pontiac Aztek will forever (and unfortunately) be remembered as one of the ugliest automobiles ever made. But you know what (arguably) made it even worse? When GM, in an effort to “smooth it out,” ditched the contrasting body cladding that at least gave it some character in the first place. What they should have done is double down and made it even more grotesque, like the one in this rendering.
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Jay Leno Presents Muscle Car Genesis: The Pontiac GTO 31
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Classics, Jay Leno, Pontiac, Pontiac GTO, Pontiac Videos, video on 10 31st, 2016

There were only two kinds of GTOs available for purchase in the 1960’s, and one was considerably cheaper than the other.
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