After my '80s flashback earlier this week, you just knew the car pr0n was going to be something from the 1980s, right?
Actually, I was looking for a picture of the 1983 Daytona 500 25th Anniversary special edition Trans Am. A good friend of mine growing up had one of those (this was in 1987, mind you, when the car was only 4 years old). He traded in the 1982 Oldsmobile 98 that his dad handed down to him for the T/A - which, mind you, had the 350 V8 from a 'Vette installed instead of the anemic 305. How anemic was the 305 in 1983? It put out 150 horsepower - the same power that our 2000 Honda Accord put out.
The 1999 T/A above is the last body style and the 30th anniversary model for the Trans Am (not the Firebird, introduced two years previous). For this edition, the WS6 Ram Air edition, a 300+ horsepower 350 from the C5 Corvette came standard from the factory, restoring some of the glory to the Trans Am badge. For a long time, I drove past a used car lot with a 2002 WS6 Trans Am for sale EVERY. DAMN. DAY.
I wanted a Camaro/Trans Am so bad I could taste it growing up. I had at least a dozen friends who owned at one time or another a Camaro, Firebird, or Trans Am. They were in various stages of decomposition, from the decrepit '78 Camaro with the crappy V6 my buddy Doug owned to the aforementioned '83, and everything in between. I came exceedingly close to buying a 1980 T/A in the early 1990s, but in a rare display of good judgement walked away when my mechanic told me that, essentially, the used car lot had disabled every single pollution control in the engine - and left it there.
And now GM has totally ruined the Camaro (by being GM), so I'm going to have to hit the lottery and restore a '67...
That is all.