1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
The Pontiac GTO is widely regarded as one of the first muscle cars but, by 1970, even one of the stalwarts of the segment wasn’t able to sell as it once did. Still, The GTO of 1970 remains a cornerstone example of muscle cars at their absolute peak.
The Pontiac GTO was born as a sportier version of the Tempest, aimed at a younger clientele. The car debuted in 1964 and by-passed in the process GM’s policy that was limiting A-body intermediate models to a maximum engine capacity of 5.4-liters. As such, the original Tempest GTO came with the 6.4-liter V-8 that was also used by the larger Bonneville and Catalina models.
By 1970, the GTO had lost most of its chromed trim, instead sporting an Endura polyurethane nose and aggressively flared fenders. Of the 40,149, GTOs built in 1970, only 3,797 were ordered with the Judge trim level that had been introduced the year before. Sales kept plummeting from then on thanks to ever-increasing insurance costs, stringent pollution-related rules, and regulations and a general shift in the market’s interest from performance cars to economy cars just as the oil crisis hit.
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Someone Seriously Turned a Pontiac Fiero Into a Porsche Carrera GT
Car customization can make your dreams come true - even if that dream is turning your mid-80’s domestic into a Porsche supercar. Case in point is this, uh, unique Pontiac Fiero, which someone transformed into a hilarious parrot of the Porsche Carrera GT.
The best part is that it’s listed on Ebay UK, so if you really want it, and have an extra $16,881 to spare, it could be yours. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you.
Three Burt Reynolds Movie Cars Sell for $330K in Vegas
The last three cars belonging to the late Burt Reynolds were auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas in late September, raising $330,000 for the Burt Reynolds Institute in the process. Of the three cars, two were 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams, while the other was a 1987 Chevrolet R30 pickup truck. All three vehicles belonged to Reynolds’ car collection, and all of them were personally autographed by the recently deceased Hollywood legend.
You Could Buy Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am "Bandit" Recreation
Many of us have fallen in love with cars through movies. For me, it was Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang from "Bullitt," but the movie industry made several vehicles famous. The 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is one of them, and even though it comes from a difficult era for muscle cars, its presence in Burt Reynolds’ "Smokey and the Bandit" helped it become a legend. If you love this car, now’s your chance to buy it!
Throwback Video: Larry King Rolls With Snoop Dogg In Custom 1967 Pontiac Parisienne
You gotta love Snoop Dogg. Not only has he been a driving force in rap music for the past quarter century, but he’s also a simply ludicrously chill dude – that much is evident from the following throwback video. Plucked off YouTube, it’s a short clip from a Larry King episode that aired back in 2010, wherein the TV and radio host gets to hang with Snoop and climb behind the wheel of his custom 1967 Pontiac Parisienne. As you might imagine, hilarity promptly ensues.
The lowrider in question is utterly pristine, draped in Lakers yellow inside and out, sparkling with chrome detailing and looking like a dream from gin and juice. On the hood is an homage to Snoop’s favorite NBA team, while hydraulics put it to the pavement. Although the clip is just a minute and a half long, it’s packed to the brim with entertainment, including King’s attempts to understand dipping and coming to grips with Snoop hitting the switch. Then there’s Snoop’s GPS navigation voiceover, which is something I know you’ll all want after watching this clip.
Bring Them Back: Five Automakers We Want To See Make A Comeback
The auto industry can be a ruthless business. A handful of automakers have witnessed this first-hand and, far too often, the consequences have been devastating. In the best of cases, a company can weather the storm of mediocrity until it finds its footing again, whether through its own perseverance or simply getting a lifeline in the form of another automaker. Volvo knows this more than anyone now that it’s thriving under Geely ownership after years of uncertainty. That said, not everybody is as lucky as Volvo. Countless automakers have bitten the dust over the years for one reason or another, be it because of managerial ineptitude or simply not being able to keep up with its rivals.
This list is an ode to those companies. It’s made up of automakers whose returns to the industry we pine for to this day. It’s not a guarantee that we’re going to get our wish and see these brands get resurrected, but we can still dream. Either way, there’s nothing to lose as far as wishing upon a star is concerned, right?
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What’s Your Favorite Automotive Memory?
Monterey Car Week is very nearly upon us, and with it comes copious opportunities to reminisce about the old days. Events like the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are the perfect gathering places for classic and antique automobiles, recreating the glory and beauty of the car world past for the car world now. Memories are in abundance this time of year, which got me thinking about my own automotive roots.
Although I’ve always had a fondness for cars, one of my favorite four-wheeled memories was when my father brought home a pristine 1967 Pontiac GTO. Finished in a perfect shade of Champagne paint on a black interior, it was like a vision of old school cool, a slab of RWD muscle just begging for a heavy right foot. I remember hearing it fire up for the first time, the lumpy idle of a big American V-8, the sound of fury emanating from the high-flow exhaust. I remember going for a ride in it, the smell of raw gasoline mixed with the upholstery, torque on demand from the long skinny pedal. Everywhere we went in that thing, people would look and stare. Complete strangers would approach us at gas stations to compliment the car. It was like we were celebrities.
Eventually, the GTO was sold, replaced by something more economical and sensible, and my own taste in cars expanded to the import scene, but my father’s ’67 Goat left a mark that’ll never fade.
So then – what’s your favorite automotive memory?
Kobe Bryant to be Hittin Switches and Bendin Corners in retirement
If you’re a fan of basketball, music, or even enjoy keeping up with various celebrities, then you probably know that Snoop Dogg and Kobe Bryant are friends. With Kobe finally retiring, it was only suitable that his closest friends give him a retirement gift, right? With a friend like Snoop, one might expect Kobe to receive a big bag of the Snoops finest green as a “welcome to retirement package,” but Snoop went even bigger than that.
Instead of passing off a pound or two of that sticky icky on his newly retired friend, Snoop went all out and gifted the recent retiree his classic 1967 Pontiac Parisienne. For those of you who don’t know about the car, Snoop has owned the car – assuming it’s the same one we’ve seen in the past – since 2005 when it was signed by Shaq at a GM-sponsored car show called “Rollin’ 24 deep.” The car has a wild and loud yellow finish with a Purple top to go with a set of beautiful wheels and an awesome mural that depicts Snoop as part of the Lakers team. On top of that, the car has a legitimate hydraulics system, so you can probably expect to see Kobe bending some corners on three wheels in the near future.
What more is there to say? That’s one hell of a retirement gift, and it looks like Kobe thinks so too based on his facial expression when Snoop handed over the keys.
Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Gets The Spotlight: Video
There aren’t a lot of cars in this world that I will freely admit to having obsessed over at one point in my life. The Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am is one of those cars. I’ve loved this car ever since I first saw Smokey and the Bandit on my uncle’s old Betamax player. That love hasn’t died one bit, which is why I appreciate wholeheartedly what Gregg Hamilton has with his own Firebird Trans-Am.
As somebody who makes a living working for Ken Block, Hamilton is used to being surrounded by fellow grease monkeys who know their way around a rally car even if you tried blindfolding them. Hamilton’s one of them, so instead of letting his job consume his life, he found a different kind of car that eventually became his form of release from the rigors of his job. He bought a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from its previous owner and has made it a personal mission to bring it back to its glorious peak condition.
He admits that there’s still some work left to be done on the Firebird, but what he has right now, including the big V-8 engine and the manual transmission, is impressive enough in its own, right? Oh, and that gold Firebird livery on the hood of the car, well that brings back so many memories of my own.
Check out this episode of Petrolicious because it’s a really good one. Take the word of someone who has loved the Firebird Trans-Am since he was five years old.
Valentine’s Day Special – Spread The Car Love
There’s really one good reason you’re reading these words right now – you love cars. Non-car people don’t get it. They laugh and roll their eyes, calling it a waste of time to fix up that old beater, a waste of money to get out to the track for another weekend. That’s ok – let ‘em. Of course it doesn’t make sense to them. They don’t know the joy of finally getting an engine to spark back to life. They don’t know the thrill of setting a new personal best lap time. Too bad for them.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled five videos that are sure to remind you why you love cars. We’ve got a little bit of everything here, from Euro speed to Japanese tech, ground-up rebuilds to expansive muscle car car collections.
So sit back, hit play, and when you’re done, treat yourself to a drive.
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David Hasselhoff is set to reprise his role as Michael Knight in what appears to be a remake of his classic ‘80s TV show, Knight Rider. I said "appears to be" since details about this project are still scarce. There is a trailer, which shows the Hoff in his trademark leather jacket and aviators, waiting for a black car in the middle of a desert. The car, of course, is KITT, and those who were fans of the TV series will definitely appreciate the solid nod to the show’s opening sequence.
The mysterious project is called Knight Rider Heroes, and if there’s anything to be taken from the trailer, it has the makings of a “mentor-student” story with Knight handing over the crime-fighting responsibilities, and presumably ownership of KITT, to an equally mysterious young man. That’s as far as the trailer went, as it skipped out on some other important details. For one, there’s no word on whether it’s going to be a TV series, a movie, or even a reality show. It also doesn’t say if the project is being backed by a prominent Hollywood studio, or any studio for that matter. The only company that’s attached to the project is Knight Media Industries, which may or may not be a real company.
Christopher Rutkowski, the creator of the Aficionauto series that featured the same visual treatment as the trailer, did tell Autoblog that a new Knight Rider project is in the works. Hasselhoff will be there, as will be the original KITT (Pontiac Trans-AM) and not the newer version (Ford Shelby GT500) that appeared in the ill-fated 2008 remake. There’s also an official website - knightriderheroesmovie.com - but a quick look at the site doesn’t reveal anything.
By the way it looks now, there are still too many unanswered questions to take this project seriously. I hope that something comes out of it because I’m a huge fan of the original Knight Rider series. But, until more details are unveiled, I’m taking this one with a grain of salt.
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.