When I say Kammback, the Pontiac Firebird is not a car anyone thinks of. People will think of it if I say phrases like “Screaming Chicken”, “Mullet”, “Eighties”, and my personal favorite, “Drunk Teenager Crashed It Into a Telephone Pole”. Well, this one lacks the drunken teenager and the Screaming Chicken, but it makes up for it with much added Kammback style. Nick and Shane took one look at this thing and said “Albert, this one’s all yours.” I gladly obliged.
In the Eighties, Pontiac made the Trans Am Kammback as a styling study and even used it as a pace car. Known deep within the walls of GM as EX-4796, the kammback rear window fit directly on to the Firebird’s rear haunches, and looks positively stunning with the T-tops. Pile on the white paint, and this Trans Am is as Eighties as Ronald Reagan, shoulder pads, big hair, and said Reagan bombing Ghaddafi. Celebrate trickle-down economics, and tell everyone it’s morning in America. This is a Trans Am with the practicality of a K5 Blazer, and it packs 305 cubic inches of V8 topped off with a four-barrel carb and a 4-speed manual. It’s not going to be fast, but it is going to be class. Enjoy the photos.
-Albert S. Davis
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Man…I miss the 80’s! There were some real clunkers back then, but American muscle cars seemed to wake up from their decade plus slumber in the mid 80’s. You had Mustangs starting to put down reputable power as well as the Camaros and Firebirds. Without those cars we would have not seen the continued improvements and gains in HP and handling that have lead us to today’s muscle car renaissance.