Remember a few years ago, when the market was still above 10,000 and the return of the Camaro and Challenger were just pubescent wet dreams? And the forums exploded with rumors of an entire muscle car resurrection? Yes, we all do.There were rumors of a new S197 Cougar, of the return of the Hemicuda, perhaps even a Chevelle or a Nova or a proper GTO.It seemed that 1969 was just around the corner, and all those years we endured Probes and Pintos and the entire decade of the 1980s was about to be atoned for.
The Pontiac Firebird Trans AM was one of the more plausible future spin-offs of the edgy new Camaro. And for a while there, it looked like we really just might get it. But then the bottom dropped out of the market, banks foreclosed, and–well, you know.
Now, Pontiac is a thing of the past. (Along with Saturn, Hummer, and Saab, but no one’s crying over those losses.) But the masterminds over at ASC Creative Services have just brought us the car Pontiac should have made, and perhaps, even, would have made if the Time Machine werentt just an H. G. Wells fantasy. And there’s no denying it’s a beauty.
The ASC concept actually seems to complete the lines of its donor car more elegantly, combining voluptuous rounded front quarter panels and fascia which somehow balance the hefty look of the Camaro. Either way, the Firebird certainly does not take great pains to mask its vintage roots, and side by side with a ’70 version in a similar color scheme (below), the likeness is uncanny.
It’s obvious from the pictures that the conversion from Camaro to Firebird is a simple one, requiring new front and rear fascias, light housings, grille, apron, side-skirts, side scoops, and a completely revised (and resolved) rear end.
While there is no word yet whether ASC intends to produce the car or offer upgrades to existing Camaros as of yet, keep in mind that this is the company whose partnership with GM yielded such cars as the HHR SS and Malibu SS as well as the Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V, and therefore we have a better chance of seeing this car cruising down I-26 than, say, these (thankfully) mistaken concept photos of the car that never came: