Remembering the American Classics

By Alysha Steltzer | Mar 08, 2013

An interesting post came up on my Facebook newsfeed today and it stuck with me all day. It read that the Pontiac Trans Am came out 44 years ago which would make the Firebird 46 years old if it was still in production. Between Smokey & the Bandit and Knight Rider I think the Trans Am had a great run but not long enough.

My car history isn’t that long of a list nor is it diverse (when you like something you tend to stay with it). My first car was a ’96 Firebird and I sold it almost three years ago for my ’99 Firebird. I’m pretty sure you can see the pattern here.

I don’t think even my father (die hard Ford fan) could tell you how I got so attached to Firebirds nor could I tell you myself. Smokey & the Bandit has been my favorite movie since I was about 13 years old and I was obsessed with learning how to drive so maybe that has something to do with it? (Five bucks the answer is of course!)

Every winter I get the same question ‘is it hard driving a Firebird in the Maine winter’? Yes of course it’s not a peach to drive in the winter nor is it good for my stress levels. I need a personal plow driver to drive in front of my car every were I go! Don’t even make plans with me on days we’re getting a snow storm because I won’t make it out of the driveway. But with college loans I can’t afford a second vehicle with 4x4 to drive during the winter months so the Firebird stays year round. Because in the end my Firebird is my hobby and makes me very happy so I am keeping it even if I have to hear a dozen more people calling me crazy for driving a RWD in the winter.

So we look back 44 & 46 years to remember those two great cars that made some great memories and will always live on as American muscle legends.

If you have some spare time Google the TransAm Dept and see how they're bringing the Trans Am along with other classics back to life!

Please comment below what your first vehicle was and if you could buy it back today; would you?

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Comments (2)
Posted by: William Spear | Mar 10, 2013 21:52

My first car was a real piece of junk. 1959 Dodge Pioneer. No way I'd want that car back. Me and my friend spray painted it with cans of spray paint it looked so bad. And it looked better when we were done. I bet your Firebirds looked great Alysha.

Posted by: Dan Dunkle | Mar 10, 2013 19:16

This is great. I've always dreamed of having a perfectly restored 1980's Trans Am. That would be such a fun car.


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