Some of you may laugh, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Pontiac Trans Am is an icon of American pop culture. From its humble beginnings as a Trans Am series race car, to its starring role in Smokey and the Bandit, the Pontiac Trans Am is the stuff that childhood dreams are made of. Over the years the Trans Am went through a bunch of different changes. In the late 1960′s it was released as Pontiac’s answer to the then new, Chevrolet Camaro. Then in the early 1970′s it evolved into a full blown stump pulling muscle car, with models like the 455-SD Trans Am and Formula 400. By the time the 1980′s came around though, the Trans Am was slow and running on borrowed time. Designers tried everything to keep the public interested, but alas, in 1981 the beloved second generation Trans Am took its final bow and called it quits.
However, there must be some credit given to those who worked tirelessly at keeping the Screaming Chicken afloat for all those years. I mean a properly equipped second generation Trans Am with the WS6 suspension package is considered to be, without a doubt, the best handling car of the muscle car era.
This particular Trans AM is a 1981 model that came equipped with a turbocharged 4.9-liter V8 that produced a paltry 200 hp and 340 ft-lb at 2,000 rpm. However, what the Trans Am lacked in grunt, it more than made up for in style. The Turbo T/A came equipped with a lighted boost gauge that was fitted to the rear of the cars scoop. It had a big screaming chicken on the hood and some eye-popping orange and black Recaro seats. Truth be told this is actually a pretty sexy car and one that I would absolutely park in my garage. Just remember though, that any modern day Toyota Camry will leave it for dead in any light to light drag race you can think of, so keep that in mind when your out cruising for the ladies.