In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition. For many of us, this car defined the muscle car in the late 1970s. When other manufacturers had reduced their muscle car lineup or quit building them altogether, Pontiac kept the Trans Am alive with several special editions in the late 1970s. The 1977 Trans Am Special Edition was the most popular of all the special editions because of the movie Smokey and the Bandit. Burt Reynolds’ name may have been on the marquis, but the Trans Am Special Edition was the star of the show. Let’s turn back the clock 40 years and see why the 1977 Firebird Trans Am Special Edition is one of the most sought after muscle cars from the 1970s. Read the rest of this entry
The Pontiac GTO is considered by many to be the car that started the muscle car revolution in the early 1960s. The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac madmen John DeLorean, Russ Gee, and Bill Collins. Their premise was simple — create a budget-friendly muscle car that would appeal to the younger, performance-oriented enthusiast. Their gamble paid off better than they ever imagined. The Pontiac GTO created a firestorm that set the standard for what a muscle car can and should be. During its initial 11-year run, few cars had the mystique, street credibility, and appeal as the Pontiac GTO. Read the rest of this entry
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll go back in time a few years and look at the 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO. After a 30 year absence, Pontiac brought back the legendary nameplate that sparked the muscle car firestorm in the early 1960s. A car whose three letters were synonymous with performance, style, and attitude. But here’s the question. Would the new GTO stir the souls of a new generation like it did three decades ago? Let’s find out! Read the rest of this entry
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll turn back the clock and look at the 1973-1974 Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am Super Duty. In a time when muscle cars were becoming as extinct as the dinosaur, Pontiac did the unthinkable and unleashed the Super Duty on the buying public. The Firebird and Trans Am Super Duty were truly the muscle car’s last hurrah. In a time when insurance rates on muscle cars soared and rising gas prices were becoming the norm, the Super Duty was something of an anachronism. Read the rest of this entry
This rare 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible is one of only 17 built for the 1971 model year. Check out that beautiful Castillian Bronze paint job! This beauty was treated to an extensive frame-off restoration in 2009 by the Atlanta Rod Shop. And it still looks showroom fresh! This Judge is powered by the notorious 455 HO Ram Air engine mated to an automatic transmission. According to Barrett-Jackson, this Judge was restored to factory fresh condition and features such period correct items as T-3 headlamps and Firestone white letter tires. The Judge also received the 2010 Pontiac-Oakland Gold Club points judging of 375 out of 400 points. The winning bidder took this beauty home for $192,500, including buyer’s commission. Not only that, he won bragging rights for having one of the most exclusive GTOs on the planet.
Photo credit: Barrett-Jackson
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll turn back the clock to 1969. A time when the Concorde made its first trial flight, Richard Nixon is inaugurated as President, and Mario Andretti wins the Indianapolis 500. 1969 was also a time when budget muscle cars were gaining in popularity. One of the most popular of these was the Pontiac GTO Judge. A flashy street fighter with all the performance features a driver could want without breaking the bank. Go back in time with us as we explore the 1969-1971 Pontiac GTO Judge. Read the rest of this entry
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 GT and GXP. For the first time in more than 20 years, Pontiac finally had a true muscle car sedan. The G8 GXP was also the most powerful muscle car Pontiac ever built. And it couldn’t have come along at a better time. Pontiac definitely needed a shot of adrenaline in its lineup. With the demise of the Firebird and the GTO, the G8 filled the void quite nicely with its aggressive styling and track-ready performance. Read the rest of this entry