Tuesday, November 29, 2011


 Hello and welcome back... The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am ( 3rd generation ) was manufactured between 1982 - 1992.
Typical of the American muscle car it had sleek lines, pop up headlights and often a chunky V8 engine.
What made this car stand out was that the windscreen had a 62 degree slope on it, something that had not been done before.. looks kinda sexy, doesn't it?.

Top speed on this beast was 110 mph ( 177 kmh ) and had around 165 bhp.
The Trans Am also had rear wheel drive and an automatic gear box.

Here in Australia we didn't see many of these cars so it was a exciting moment when we did spot one.
Working in a service station in the 80s, I saw a few now and then, the most common was a black one similar to Knight Rider's car 'K.I.T.T'.
The owner stated he was gong to sell it because he was sick of kids pelting his car with rocks to "Make it Talk".

By the late 80s, the Firebird Trans Am was sporting a 5.7ltr V8 (a turbo model was also available).
Pop up headlights was a first for fire-bird cars and set it apart from earlier models.
The large back windscreen had no metal body to hold it into place, A new era in styling.

Then along came the most famous Firbird Trans Am of the 80s. 'K.I.T.T'.
 The show was called Knight Rider and it stared "The Hoff" ( David Hasselhoff ) and his sidekick car called K.I.T.T.
K.i.t.t. stood for Knight Industries Two Thousand and cost around $100,000 to build.

K.I.T.T. was no ordinary Trans Am, top speed of 200mph ( 322kmh ) and a teeth rattling starting point = 0-60mph in 2 seconds. Ki.t.t. also had a slather of options like turbo boost, computerized intelligence and an indestructible exterior.
He was a crime fighters best friend.

  The dash was like something you would find in an aircraft... so many buttons, so little time.
K.i.t.t. was everything you wanted in a car and more.
To me the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was one of the best looking cars to come out of America.


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