Welcome to Paper Jam, the feature where we highlight the best automotive advertisements from the past! Print might be nearly dead, but our scanners are just getting warmed up.
The ‘infamous’ 1980-1981 Turbo Trans Am was a perfect idea with an imperfect execution. Now, one shop seems to have cured the model’s problems—to the tune of 1,000 horsepower.
Kammback shooting brakes are more practical and fuel efficient than their sedan or coupe counterparts, not to mention that they will also be faster thanks to having lower drag. It’s just a superior shape.
A week ago, I wrote that in order to create a 2001 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, all you need to do is melt down some cheap plastic in an oil barrel and pour it onto four spare tires with a forklift. It didn’t go over well with Jalopnik’s largely-American reader base.
Above is the 1988 Pontiac Firebird GTA Notchback. Yes, it came from the factory looking like that.
The builder of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe custom Firebird is said to have come from a long and illustrious line of funeral directors. That’s a good fit for a dead marque, but will this unique ride’s price have you spinning in your grave?
Helsinki is Europe's northernmost capital, so being welcomed here with bit of a snowstorm on the first day of February didn't come as a surprise. As you can see, the locals also choose their vehicles wisely.
I wish I could take all of the backwards hat illest VeeDub crowd in America and show them how much actual Europeans like shitty American cars we all take for granted.
There are a lot of social problems in the United States today, most of them involving people pretending to care about soccer all of a sudden. The greatest ill, however, is the significant dearth of powersliding Pontiacs.
I'm going to say this guy certainly has persistence, if nothing else.
The Pontiac Firebird was the mysteriously unloved little brother to the Chevrolet Camaro. It’s not that the people who did manage to buy one didn’t like it, it’s that so few people managed to buy one compared to its corporate stablemate. But that didn’t stop Pontiac from advertising it at the Super Bowl.
You know you neglect the upkeep on your car when it gets stolen and recovered in better condition than when it was pinched.
With gas prices at $7,50 a gallon, it doesn't make too much sense to have an American car in Europe. I guess that's why Detroit tries to sneak into the old continent with Chryslers rebadged as Lancias these days.
At last week's burnout competition in Vernon, Texas, one Firebird did a burnout so massive, the car caught on fire. As the announcer rightfully points out, that's why they call it a Firebird.
Why were people buying Pontiac Firebirds in 1986? According to this vintage dealer promo from the Pontiac "newsroom" it was—among a variety of other reasons—because people were looking to make a statement that was "just as characteristic as the car itself".
Several decades later sophistication is hardly the word that comes to mind when you think about Pontiac Firebirds from the late 1970s, but that is the angle they were using to sell the Firebird Formula back in 1979.