The creation of a modern day Trans Am has taken a very interesting turn. It involves the 2010 Chevy Camaro. While many thought that the Pontiac Trans Am was definitely going to be forever in the past, the introduction of the 2010 Chevy Camaro really got them thinking. Chevrolet decided to try something new and intriguing to see what consumers thought about it.
It is a two-step process. First, the consumer can purchase a 2010 Chevy Camaro. Then an authorized location for ASC (American Specialty Cars) will create a modern day Trans Am out of it. One of the items that will be included on the outside of the vehicle is a duck-tailed spoiler. Behind the doors they will place air inlets that are more for visual pleasure than for any real value.
While this idea is just getting off the ground, there is plenty of buzz circulating online about it. Many consumers just aren’t ready to put the Pontiac Trans Am to rest yet. They don’t want to settle for any other muscle car, even though the 2010 Chevy Camaro is a great piece of work.
Only time will tell if this idea really does catch on or not. The ability to replicate the historical Trans Am using a newer model vehicle may be the door that opens for bringing back many of the great muscle cars. These magnificent vehicles may have faded in production but they have never faded from the minds of car lovers out there.
Right now there aren’t details about how much such a transformation will cost or how long it will take. There aren’t photos of the completed look, either, but it is believed that all of that information will be released from ASC soon to entice consumers to take them up on that offer.
The significant changes that took place with the 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am were well received by consumers. The longer look of it and the fact that it was lower to the ground than previous models gave it an aerodynamic feature that made it faster. It also offered more fuel efficiency for a sports car and that was a plus that all consumers could appreciate.
These elements were further enhanced by features offered on the hood and the rear of the 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. For example, the rear spoiler in a lower wing style had a great appearance and helped cut down on wind factors while the vehicle was in movement. The hood featured louvers and also fog lights for a very nice, overall appearance.
That year’s model offered three choices of engines, too. This offered consumers more freedom to get a car they loved the look of and with the performance level they were after. There were other options, such as the high-performance wheels and the advanced suspension package, that could be added to the 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Consumers loved the ability to customize their vehicle and to make it exactly what they wanted to drive around in.
The inside of the 1985 model also offered plenty of upgrades for consumers. For example, it had a better sound system, new trim around the seats and along the console, an electronic instrument panel, and electronic air conditioning controls.
Many believe that if there hadn’t been significant changes with the 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, then this vehicle would have been eliminated from production in the years to follow. However, these changes made it a top-selling sports vehicle and one that consumers were more than willing to spend their money on.
If ever there was a vehicle that is the image of a classic muscle car, for many people that vehicle is the classic Pontiac Trans-Am. This is a powerful car that it is safe to say that the culture and the media fell in love with. And when you start talking about fast and cool cars, it is the image of the Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am that comes to mind for most people.
It is no secret that the auto industry has gone through a lot of turmoil in the last few years. The economic recession that is still going on has hit all sectors hard and the automobile makers have had to take some drastic actions to stay afloat. So in November of 2010, when General Motors shut down Pontiac, it was not unexpected. But the end of an era is always a time to take time and reflect.
Perhaps the one segment of the auto loving population that was most concerned with the passing of Pontiac were lovers of the Trans-Am. Since the early days of the muscle car era, the Pontiac Trans-Am has ruled as part of muscle car royalty. Even though the formal muscle car era ended in the early 1970s, the love of the Trans-Am never really went away.
It is reasonable to be concerned that the era of new production of Pontiac Tran-Am muscle cars is over. But we should not count out this icon of the muscle car era. For one thing, there is no question that collectors and the restoration community are going to take very good care of this muscle car. The production of the Pontiac Trans-Am has been long and the popularity of the muscle car means there are a lot of them out there ready to fill the gap that is left because of the shut down of Pontiac.
In addition, the market demand for the Pontiac Trans-Am is going to create an energized cloning market. Already Heide Performance Products has a clone of the classic Pontiac Trans-Am in the works. The shut down of Pontiac will not diminish the huge love for this classic muscle car in the culture. If GM doesn’t respond to it, somebody will fill the void. However it turns out, the passing of Pontiac in now way means that the availability of the Trans Am will diminish in any way. The fans of this exciting muscle car will not let that happen.
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