Pontiac News

  • 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Bandit” recreation

    Following the passing of Burt Reynolds on September 6, a collection of the late actor's vehicles were put up for sale last week at Barrett-Jackson's auction in Las Vegas. Reynolds had been selling off cars from his collection in the years leading to his passing, with some of the proceeds going to fund the Burt Reynolds Institute that supports acting students and film production. At the Barrett-Jackson auction running Sept. 27-29, the final three cars in Reynolds' collection were put under the hammer, fetching $330,000 in the process. Of course, two of them were 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans...

  • Actual on-screen-used KITT drives into Jay Leno's Garage
    Actual KITT from "Knight Rider" drives into Jay Leno's Garage

    Since he was five years old, Joe Huth has been in love with "Knight Rider." The show premiered in 1982 and ran for 90 episodes stretching four seasons. Now Joe is all grown up and he's managed to grab a piece of history associated with his favorite show: one of the actual KITT cars using during...

  • 2018 Trans Am 455 Super Duty Racing
    Trans Am Depot makes 455 Super Duty drag car with 1,100 horsepower

    Trans Am Depot has built an even more extreme version of its 1,000-horsepower 455 Super Duty based on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro that we saw last year. The new car, which tacks on the Racing designation, was built as a dedicated drag racer designed to challenge the Dodge Challenger SRT...

  • 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with 65 miles
    This time capsule 1979 Pontiac Trans Am has been driven just 65 miles

    Pontiac's days of building excitement are long gone, though they arguably faded into the sunset long before the division was axed in 2009. Yet, classic Pontiac cars still remind us of the days before General Motors gave "badge engineering" its blessing. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is merely one...

  • 2017 Trans Am 455 Super Duty
    6th-gen Camaro Trans Am conversion comes packing 1,000 horsepower

    Pontiac lives on, or least its Trans Am does, with the latest model unveiled this week at the 2017 New York auto show. It’s called the Trans Am 455 Super Duty, and it’s packing a supercharged V-8 delivering 1,000 horsepower and 1,046 pound-feet of torque. Yes, that’s 160 hp and...

  • 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds
    Burt Reynolds' latest 'Bandit' Trans Am sells for $275K

    Another Pontiac Firebird Trans Am modeled like the one in the 1977 hit movie “Smokey and the Bandit” was sold last month at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It went for $275,000. The man with what seems to be an endless store of the cars, Burt Reynolds, the Bandit...

  • Jay Leno takes a drive in a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

    On the list of all-time great muscle cars, there's a place for the Pontiac GTO, and it slides in near the very top. After all, many consider the GTO to be the grandfather of all the muscle cars and for good reason. In 1964, Pontiac added a GTO package to the Tempest, which transformed the car into a 325-horsepower street beast. Fast forward a few years, and the second-generation GTO became its own model and also introduced us to the somewhat audacious version known as The Judge. That second-generation GTO arrived for 1968, and a year later Pontiac introduced the world to the Ram Air-packing...

  • Jay Leno checks out the 1964 Pontiac GTO convertible
    The original muscle car pulls into Jay Leno's Garage

    In the early 1960s, the top brass at General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] put a stop to any of its motorsports programs. There was to be no involvement with racing from any of its divisions. This initially seemed like it might be a tough move for the likes of Pontiac but the brand used a...

  • Transformed 1979 Pontiac Trans Am
    Ken Block's mechanic drives a Z06-rivaling '79 Firebird Trans Am

    If you're the man behind Ken Block's outrageous rally cars, it's safe to say you probably aren't going to have something dull in your own garage. That's just the case with Gregg Hamilton, as Petrolicious recently found out. ALSO SEE: Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat hits 171 mph on ice: Video A New...

  • 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ promo car - Image via Barrett-Jackson
    Another Bandit Pontiac Firebird crosses the auction block, raises $550K

    There’s been a bit of a frenzy in the market for Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams connected to the 1977 classic "Smokey and the Bandit," though one could say it’s simply a reflection of the current mania in the world of collector cars. The mania certainly hasn’t hit its peak as...

  • Pontiac Banshee
    1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Car Heads To Auction

    There are certain concept cars that stand out from the rest. You'll remember them long after the idea of such a vehicle has come and gone without ever inching closer towards production. One such vehicle is the Pontiac Banshee. This was going to be the PMD sibling to Chevrolet's Corvette, and it was...

  • Burt Reynolds' ‘Bandit’ 1977 Pontiac Trans Am
    Burt Reynolds' second Bandit Pontiac Trans Am sells for $170,000

    A 1977 Pontiac Trans Am styled like the one in the hit movie Smokey and the Bandit and previously owned by the Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds, has sold at auction for an impressive $170,000 (coming up to $181,900 once you add fees). The car went under the hammer Friday night at the Carlisle Auctions...

  • Burt Reynolds Bandit

    Remember a few weeks ago when we told you about Burt Renyolds' 'Bandit' Pontiac Trans-Am heading to auction? The pre-auction estimates for the hammer price hovered in the $60,000 to $80,000 range. Well, it seems that there are quite a few fans of the Bandit, and a number of them have plenty of cash to spend. The winning bidder paid $450,000 to sign his name onto the title of the car. ALSO SEE: Eleanor Ford Mustang Fails To Sell At Auction Four... hundred... and... fifty... thousand... dollars. Keep in mind that this was not a film-used car but rather a promotional vehicle that was gifted to...

  • Burt Reynolds Bandit
    Buy Burt Reynolds' Bandit, be badass

    Long before Kenny Powers was Eastbound and Down, there was a southern gentleman helping out those in need. His method of assistance involved a particular mode of transportation that remains iconic with its black and yellow color scheme. I'm talking about The Bandit and his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am...

  • David Hasselhoff's Personal Knight Rider KITT Pontiac Firebird. Image via Julien's Live.
    David Hasselhoff's Personal Knight Rider KITT Pontiac Firebird Up For Auction

    There aren't many TV-show cars we get all soft in the knees for, but KITT is one of them. This KITT isn't one of the original cars used in filming, but it does have a David Hasselhoff pedigree. MUST WATCH: Lamborghini Aventador Goes Airborne In London Crash: Video Built by a fan, Jennifer Catano...

  • Smoke IS the Bandit Tony Stewart
    Tony Stewart Heads Eastbound And Down As The Bandit: Video

    It's funny how one movie can turn a car into a legend. Such is the case with Smokey and the Bandit, and the Pontiac Trans Am. Sure the Trans Am looked pretty cool thanks to its t-top and fire chicken on the hood, but it wasn't bursting with power thanks to the arrival of emission controls. That...

  • 2005 Pontiac GTO
    Pontiac Had Prepped Next-Generation GTO, Says Bob Lutz

    Are you a person who misses the Pontiac brand? Perhaps you were hoping it would continue so you could have your chance at a modern GTO? Well, if the brand had survived they certainly would've produced that car you were after. According to Bob Lutz in a recent issue of Road & Track, a...

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s HSV-trimmed 2009 Pontiac G8 - Image: Drive
    Meet Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s HSV-Trimmed Pontiac G8

    Racing star Dale Earnhardt Jr. has to drive a Chevrolet SS-based race car in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series as part of his contract terms with Hendrick Motorsports, but it’s interesting to see that one of his personal rides off the track is the car that precedes the SS, the Pontiac G8...

  • Tauro V8 Spider based on the Pontiac Solstice

    Spain is quickly proving to be a hotbed for sports car development. Following the launch of the stylish Spano supercar from GTA Motors back in March, and the announcement last month of a new model from Aspid, another company based in Spain is now celebrating the launch of a new V-8 powered convertible sports car. That company is Tauro, which at a recent event announced the new V8 Spider and rolled out two examples of the car. The Tauro V8 Spider is based on the chassis of a Pontiac Solstice but gets a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine sourced from GM. This is the same engine found in the Corvette...

  • 1962 Pontiac Tempest
    Guilty Pleasure: 1961-63 Pontiac Tempest With Trophy 4 Engine

    Most of the vehicles in this series were built in the last 25 years, but what about classic Detroit cars that nobody in their right mind would want? The early Pontiac Tempest was a John Delorean-backed machine with plenty of wildly innovative features, including a rear-mounted transaxle and...

  • Antron Brown at Pomona - Anne Proffit photo
    Brown, Hight, Line NHRA Victors At Phoenix

    The Firebird International Raceway dragstrip outside Phoenix, Arizona is known to be tough on competitors. Nestled south of the city on a plain, it's desert pure and simple. The track has confounded regular NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series combatants for years and, when the event was held...

  • 1964 Pontiac XP-833 Banshee Prototype
    1964 Pontiac Banshee Concept Looking For Good Home

    Take a glimpse at the 1964 Pontiac Banshee concept and tell us what you see. An Opel GT, perhaps, or a 1968 Corvette? Both would be correct answers, since the Banshee heavily influenced the style of both products. In fact, the Banshee’s styling is somewhat timeless, and the car looks just as...

  • 1984 Pontiac 2000 Sunbird Turbo
    Guilty Pleasure: Pontiac 2000 Sunbird Turbo

    After last week's Guilty Pleasure, the unloved-by-Alfa-fanatics 164, it just seems right to get back to the good old U.S. of A for this week's car. Turbocharged front-wheel drive machines were all the rage during the Late Malaise Era, and GM was right there with the Ford EXP Turbo and Renault Fuego...

  • MSR Indy Car preview image
    Michael Shank Indy Team Pursues Growth, Lotus Engine Still Delayed

    A number of new teams will be joining the returning racing efforts for the 2012 IndyCar season, the inaugural year of returning engine manufacturer competition and the beginning of turbo-car racing. Of the teams making their break into the series, Grand-Am Rolex Series team owner Michael Shank and...

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