Pontiac Trans Am 50 Years Book
Pontiac Trans Am shows this dominating machine's full history, from early days burning up both race tracks and Hollywood to its final days as the most potent muscle car made. The early 1960s saw American auto manufacturers desperately trying to sell cars to the emerging baby-boom market. Pontiac attained success with its original muscle car, the GTO, but as successful as the GTO was, it was handily outsold by Ford’s grand-slam home-run pony car, the Mustang. In response, Pontiac entered the pony car market in 1967 with its new Firebird, a model that became one of the most iconic cars of the classic muscle-car era.
Introduced for 1969, the Trans Am version Firebird of the Firebird became the standard bearer for automotive
performance in the U.S. market and kept the muscle car flame alive throughout the dark years of the
1970s and led the charge when performance reemerged in the 1980s. When muscle cars became dormant
for a generation it was once again the classic pony cars that jump started American performance.