Pontiac Firebird Trans Am | Picture Special

This might just be the most American thing we’ve ever seen. Apart from Police brutality of course. This is the late ’70s-early ’80s second generation Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, GM’s sister car to the Camero, and the Mustang’s fiercest rival.

Powered by an expansive choice of enormous V8 engines ranging from 4.3 to 7.5 litres, plus some marginally less enormous six-cylinder motors, all of which produced about as much horsepower as a European or Japanese engine half the size, the Trans Am completely erased the words ‘oil crisis’ and replaced them with a giant flaming bird motif. Because America.

The iconic slant nose arrived in 1977, bringing with it huge sales numbers, with this iteration of the Firebird selling between 150,000 and 210,000 units annually until emissions regulations finally caught up with it in 1980. The Trans Am’s starring role in Burt Reynolds’ 1977 movie ‘Smokie and the Bandit’ can’t have hurt its popularity either, a film basically about little more than trucking, car chases, and beer*. Because America.

Recreating this icon of American automobiles is TLCB Master MOCer, regular bloggee, and all-round excellent human being Firas Abu-Jaber, who has captured the ’77 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in astonishing detail. Firas’ model replicates the Firebird’s famous exterior beautifully, with opening doors, trunk, and hood (complete with giant flaming bird motif), plus an amazingly accurate interior, and with presentation as stunning as the model itself.

Over a dozen spectacular images are available to view at Firas’ Pontiac Firebird Trans Am album on Flickr, where a build commentary can also be found. Click the link above to take a closer look, and the first link in the text to read Firas Abu-Jaber’s Master MOCers interview here at TLCB to learn how he creates incredible creations like this one.

*Well, Coors, which is nearly beer.

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6 thoughts on “Pontiac Firebird Trans Am | Picture Special

  1. SHeesh says:

    Unsubscribing from this blog. I like seeing the images of builders and sharing them with friends and family. I can usually ignore your commentary but your inane blather to fill up white space has outweighed the value of the MOCs. I wonder if all the builders who send you their work enjoy your snide, racist (“Jap” a few weeks ago), insulting, and just generally fkn juvenile copy. As if police aren’t brutal in 180 other countries. I hope for humanity’s sake that you move out of moms basement soon.


    • Hello Sean

      Thanks for your message.

      We like your choice of ‘inane blather’, we might use that ourselves!

      America is not immune from criticism. Its police are in the global news right now specifically for their brutality, and fitting 180 other countries’ indiscretions into this post may have made it a little long, taking up more ‘white space’ as you call it. We also celebrated the US emergency services during the current crisis just a few short posts ago; https://thelegocarblog.com/2020/06/26/do-your-super-duty/

      We apologise if you are offended by the term ‘Japfest’. It is absolutely not a racist term in our nation, being used in fact to title an annual Japanese car show that celebrates Japanese engineering. We cannot know if the meaning of a word we use is different elsewhere, just as your use of ‘white space’ might be considered offensive elsewhere also. It doesn’t mean you’re racist, just that you’re not all-knowing.

      We wish you all the best in finding another Lego blog to call home, and thank you for taking the time up until now to read the musings we publish from our Mom’s basement.

      Kind regards
      TLCB Team


  2. Anonymous says:

    I visit this blog to find LEGO car creations, not read your social commentary about a country you’re not a citizen of. Correction – I used to visit this blog.


    • Hello Anon

      Thanks for your message, and your time on this blog until now.

      We wish you all the best in finding another Lego blog to call home that meets your requirements for American patriotism, and apologies that we’re not it.

      Kind regards
      TLCB Team


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