[A Turbo Trans Am (quite a rare bird, if you don't mind the pun) lives in my neighborhood. It is brown and gold with a brown and gold screaming chicken on the hood. The idle is as lumpy as you imagine. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove]
Possibly the greatest flame-spitting classic Pontiac racecar competing anywhere in the world today is back. Here it is tearing up the Bergrennen Reitnau hillclimb in Switzerland the other week.
Welcome to Found Around The District, where we highlight fascinating cars we find around a city where people are too busy fighting through traffic and hunting for parking to drive anything interesting: Washington, D.C.
If you were looking to blow through borders, get in low-key pursuits with "enemy agents" and perform narrow ramp water crossings the 1975 Pontiac Trans Am was the car for you. At least that was the premise of this amusing vintage advertisement.
While compared with the high horsepower cars of the late 1960s or today's modern muscle these muscle offerings from 1985 might seem a little tame, they were the most impressive performers that had rolled out of Detroit in sometime.
Daniel O'Grady, an Australian into exploring old Japanese castles, happened upon this random sadness pile in Kurume City on Kyushu island. It's definitely a five-hanky lot of cars gone to seed, though rife with rusty-muscle-car porn.
If you're a child of the early '80s, there are two cars that sprung from the cathode TV sets and permanently lodged in your little brain. One was the General Lee, and the other was K.I.T.T. — which can now be yours for the right price.
Out of its habitat, this gold
Trans Am Firebird Esprit sits submerged in San Diego, hit on Tuesday by rising flood waters caused by a week of powerful rainstorms. Photo Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Pontiac's dispatched almost as many screaming chickens as Colonel Sanders. But despite that avian connection, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe firebird is a hawk, not a hen, and you have to decide if its price is fair or fowl.
In the mood for a one-of-a-kind Pontiac now that the brand's dead? This 1985 Pontiac Trans Am Experimental Kammback is for sale and fits the weirdo bill. It's a GM experimental with a wagon-back bolting right into the hatch opening.
Here's some advice for you prospective LeMons racers: don't buy a Camaro! If LeMons ever branches into drag racing, the Camaro will be an excellent choice, but the small-block Chevy engine has proven to be nothing but trouble in weekend-long endurance races.