You’re all probably familiar with the original Firebird. Destined to compete with the Ford Mustang in the popular pony car segment, it received numerous rivals from its own parent company, GM. At the same time the Pontiac Firebird was released, (late 1967), Chevrolet came out with the Camaro and Mercury with the Cougar. The Mustang had already established its dominance over the sector, but the Firebird had no chance of breaking through having joined the race so late.
The irony is that fast forward some 40 to 50 years later, and you’ll find that the Pontiac Firebird is more popular than ever at the moment. With genuine pristine-conditioned Firebirds costing a small fortune, many people turn to the aftermarket scene, creating their very-own Firebird replicas.
Take this gorgeous Hurst Trans Am for instance. Paying tribute to the original 1977/1978 Trans Am car, this 2013 example is the only available car which has the license name of Trans Am. Based on a modern Chevrolet Camaro, it’s completely unique and special. You won’t find anything similar on the planet. A complete ground-up build, Mario, the guy who built it, completely stripped the car down to its bare minimum before beginning the tedious process of reassembly along with his pals.
As far as power is concerned, the Hurst Trans Am has it… a lot of it. How do 650 horsepower going through the rear wheels only sound? Whoever said terrifying is correct. Never mind the horsepower, it’s the torque the massive 6.2 liter V8 can chug out which can be overwhelming at times. That said, it is quite the smoke-machine should you apply a generous amount of throttle travel while simultaneously squeezing the brakes. All done with historic accuracy of course, to preserve the heritage.
All joking aside, this very well might be the best replica we’ve ever seen of any famous vehicle on the planet. Not a lot of people would opt to make something like this, and even less would be willing to drive it, but not Mario. It’s his pride and joy and he tries to take it wherever he goes. We can understand why. It turns heads, makes people smile and gives the driver a good kick out of the driving experience. Would we own it? Absolutely.