"Bandit" Trans Am Model Kit
of the popular 1978 Trans Am Pontiacs. The Blackbird below
is an original issue
kit has been released many times over the years with different
boxes. One of my favorites is the one above with a photo
of the real car.
remember seeing Smokey
& the Bandit in
theaters when it first came out. Next to the 1970-1973 years,
this is my favorite body style for the Firebird / Transam
cars. After these, Pontiac went to the butt ugly plastic
nose / bumpers.
kits are a bit dated in detail and construction, but with
that said, they can be a nostalgic project.
and Trans-Am Muscle Portfolio, 1967-1972 - The Firebird
had excellent sales in its first half year and the 400 V8
made it a force to be reckoned with. There were few changes
in 1968 but the 1969 car was longer and heavier, so sales
slipped. In March 1969, therefore, Pontiac introduced the
Trans-Am resplendent in white with blue stripes and an array
of air scoops and spoilers. Emissions regulations took their
toll and a 455 motor was needed in 1971 to keep up the performance.
A long factory strike did not help and the 1972 Trans-Am was
the last of the breed before the name was applied to a succession
of watered down machines. This is a book of contemporary road
and comparison tests, new model introductions, technical
and specification data, long term tests, racing and history.
Trans Am - The Pontiac Firebird was originally overshadowed
by the popular Chevrolet Camaro, but the Firebird developed
a loyal following and a reputation for true high performance,
earning a high-profile spot in muscle car history. It also
had a starring role in pop culture as Burt Reynolds drove
a Trans Am in Smokey
& the Bandit and
young David Hasselhoff took direction from his talking Trans
Am in Knight
Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am 1967-2002: The Restorer's Guide
- Following Ford and Chevrolet, Pontiac entered the pony car
market in 1967 and came up with one of the best and most successful
muscle cars ever produced. Though based on the Camaro chassis,
the Firebird offered unique features and high performance,
and over its nearly 40 years of production it continued to
wow drivers--as it does today. This book details the Firebird’s
long and illustrious career. With high-quality, detailed
color photographs of some of the finer models--both originals
and faithful restorations--the book is at once a unique history
and a restoration guide to all four generations of the Firebird.
Pictures and text profile the correct parts, finishes, options,
and trim pieces for various models. The book also covers the
vehicle’s wide variety of engine options, along with
all special editions and model variations from the Firebird’s
introduction in 1967 to the final model in 2002.
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