Monday, August 10, 2015

Shoot The Brakes: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Wagon

The Pontiac Firebird was the result of GM brand sharing, a situation that arose after Pontiac had designed their own Corvette killer. It was called the Banshee and was a fiberglass beauty engineered under the direction of John Z. DeLorean -- but GM top brass would hear nothing about a car faster than the Corvette and killed the project, of course. As a consolation prize they gave Pontiac a Camaro-based pony car of their own.  From the ashes of the Banshee, the Firebird arose and it has always been a bit more special than Chevy. Today's shooting brake version brings the crazy to another level. Find this 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Shooting Brake here on eBay bidding for $4150 with a few hours to go.  Tip from Sean.

When building a custom car, the first thing you need to decide is if you want a shooting brake or an El Camino -  everything else cascades from that decision. This guy jumped right onto the shooting brake band wagon and added a custom Cylon Centurion inspired front grill.  It actually looks surprisingly cool and if it is well assembled it could make an interesting weekend driver.

This breadvan is powered by a 400 cubic inch Pontiac V8 that was emissions choked down to 180 horsepower and 325 ft-lbs of torque.  Performance with a stock 400 and slushbox transmission will be lackluster but uncorked they can make plenty of power and noise. 

See another wagon from another planet?


  1. It takes a certain mindset to actively scour the internet for these...uh...creations.

    Though truth be told, not sure what the insides look like but take a sawzall to the nose and put a '70-73ish nose on there it might be less horrible. Those long rectangular side windows suck, though.

  2. While car = malaise do {
    If (length behind front seat < 6') then {car=shooting brake}
    If (length behind front seat >=6') then {car=el x-mino}

    1. While car = malaise do {
      If (length behind front seat < 6') then {car=shooting brake}
      If (length behind front seat >=6') then {car=el x-mino}

      should be

      While car == malaise do {
      If (length behind front seat < 6') then {car=shooting_brake}
      If (length behind front seat >=6') then {car=el_x-mino}

      that 6' is left as an exercise for the reader

  3. Wow, why does bad taste seem to have so much energy. It's like those neighbors who go little crazy with lawn ornaments, creating a flash mob of gnomes and fantasy creatures in frozen concrete statuary.
    This car looks like an ambulance from a 1970's sci-fi movie; Emergency Medical Extra Terrestrial (EMET).

  4. I actually like it. There are some cool details - shaker hood, Pontiac marker lights turned pointy end forward, row of headlights. However, the white\blue isn't working for me and I'd like a working hatch of some sort so I could haul stuff.

  5. I know, I know, I find the classy $hit

  6. I dunno, it's ... it's ... The Wing! That's it!! Does it for me every time! (not)

  7. No belt on the a/c compressor...? DEAL BREAKER!

  8. Hrm? Maybe the own was going for some circa '70's NASCAR motif. Sure looks like a failed Daytona SuperBee after a week on high quality meds.


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