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Buy These 5 Pontiac Trans Ams And (Re)Start Your Own Racing Series 26
Dec
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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Pontiac Firebird TT Study Brings Early Designs Back To Life 18
Sep
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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Say Happy 40th To Smokey And The Bandit With This Special Trans Am 24
May
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
Apr
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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Kitsch Gold-Plated 2002 Pontiac Trans Am Listed At €3.4 Million 1
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, used cars on 06 1st, 2016


This 2002 Pontiac Trans Am has to be the most expensive one of its kind to have been listed for sale, and it doesn’t even come with a mind-blowing performance.
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Here Are 10 Minutes Of Insane Street Racing Action 13
May
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Mustang, Offbeat News, Pontiac Firebird, video on 05 13th, 2016


Nowadays, there are more public drag racing events than you can count, but street racing remains the most adrenaline pumping and dangerous activity, not to mention illegal,  for diehard modders and tuners.
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Brand New Trans Am Depot “Firebird” Signed By Burt Reynolds 28
Mar
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, tuning, video on 03 28th, 2016


Okay, nothing can replace the original 1978 Firebird Tans Am’s character, but this converted Camaro sure comes close.
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Brand New Trans Am Depot “Firebird” Signed By Burt Reynolds 28
Mar
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, tuning, video on 03 28th, 2016


Okay, nothing can replace the original 1978 Firebird Tans Am’s character, but this converted Camaro sure comes close.
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Brand New Trans Am Depot “Firebird” Signed By Burt Reynolds 28
Mar
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, tuning, video on 03 28th, 2016


Okay, nothing can replace the original 1978 Firebird Tans Am’s character, but this converted Camaro sure comes close.
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Restored 7.5-Litre Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Looking For An Owner On eBay 5
Dec
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in eBay, Pontiac, Pontiac Firebird, used cars on 12 5th, 2015


The Pontiac Firebird is one of the cult-classic muscle cars, reaching the pinnacle of American-grade performance with its second generation, with the Trans Am trim, with its humongous 455 engine (7.5-litre). But this particular example has gone a long way since it left the factory 42 years ago.
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