For around $100,000, you can own this modern-day Pontiac Trans Am.
Thanks to its starring roles in the cult classic 'Smokey and the Bandit' and the TV series 'Knight Rider', the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a pop culture icon. Sadly, the classic American production car hasn't been in production for nearly 20 years. General Motors also shut Pontiac down in 2010, so there's no hope of the Trans Am ever returning, but its legacy still lives on today thanks to replicas.
One company is converting Chevrolet Camaros into Trans Am tribute cars. It's the perfect mash-up as the original Trans Am shared the same platform as the Camaro and shows what a modern-day Trans Am could look like if it was still built today.
Based on a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible, this conversion is the work of PMD Garage of Pontiac Michigan, which calls its creation the "Pontiac Trans Am ZTA." The attention to detail applied to this Trans Am tribute car is commendable.
A custom front bumper replicates the Trans Am's distinctive beak front end and new carbon fiber components have been added including custom fender vents and a prominent hood scoop. Of course, no Trans Am tribute is complete without a screaming chicken hood decal and honeycomb grille.
Inside, the seats and floor mats are embroidered with Trans Am logos. Under the hood, the Camaro ZL1 's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 has been left stock, generating 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Since it left the factory, the 2013 Camaro this conversion is based on has clocked up 15,071 miles. The Trans Am ZTA is currently listed for sale by Vanguard Motor Sales for $99,900, which is around $30,000 more expensive than a brand new Camaro ZL1 Convertible. Whether the modifications justify the price tag is up for debate, but Pontiac fans may want to snap up the ZTA because this is the closest you're going to get to a modern-day Trans Am.