Remember The Past - Pontiac Trans Am Reviewed: Video
Early Pontiac Trans Ams are very easy to love. They had classic muscle car looks and huge amounts of power. But by the late 70s, emissions-neutered engines were just sad, and the styling was overcompensating by getting more outrageous. Liking these later Trans Ams is something of a guilty pleasure, ’cause they’re just so cheesy; but they still have their fans, and the reviewer in this video and myself are two of them. And the Trans Am in the video is one of the easiest of its generation to love, as its a rare Turbo model.
GM would figure out how to make turbocharging genuinely badass a few years after the car in this video was made, and while the 1982-1987 Buick Grand National was amazing, this ’81 Turbo Trans Am isn’t quite there. But that’s okay, because the audacity it takes to cover the entire hood of a car with a giant screaming chicken (the common slang term for the Trans Am eagle logo, it’s used several times in the video without explanation) sort of excuses a lot.
The reviewer makes it very clear that this isn’t a fast car, but it was reasonably quick in the context of the era, and is just a huge amount of fun. And what’s great about the Trans Am is that it isn’t fun in spite of how ridiculous it is, it’s fun because of it. It’s a car that is almost impossible to look at without thinking of Burt Reynolds, and as the reviewer points out, it has a design that surely must have been heavily influenced by cocaine. It’s excessive in all areas except horsepower, and that makes it lovable.
Read more about Reynolds’ Trans Am here.