Full disclosure I fly the Mopar banner. Yet I'm of the opinion that every red blooded American should own a Corvette for at least a short time. For GenX that should be a C3. I've owned a couple of Mustangs. There is a 1968 400 Firebird convertible I'd like to have back. Speaking of Firebirds, the Trans Am is another car every American car enthusiast should own. Don't get me wrong I genuflect at the 1969 T/A and I understand the 1973 SD 455 but I'm talking T-top Trans Am. I'm talking channeling your inner Bandit once in a while. Something you're not afraid to ride a little hard and dirty. I think it's time and the wife is on board, so I better strike quickly.
I've got a 1978 Dodge Super Coupe restomod in the garage. So I'm thinking 4th generation. This Trans Am will pull daily duty. Automatic because I want the wife to feel comfortable doing some wheel time. I've narrowed down my search with two left for consideration. While they appear very similar they appeal to me in different ways. So maybe you'll chime in down in the comment section. Tell me which one you'd choose. They are priced within a grand of each other, price is not really a major factor.
The 1994 is a 25th Anniversary package car, white on white. Triple white if you include the wheels. This is of course in homage to original 1969 T/A. I like the look. Powered by the LT1 rated at 275hp and 325 foot pounds. It is also smog inspection exempt in my state.
The 1999 is a silver, I believe Pontiac calls it pewter. My wife likes this look better. Most importantly it is LS1 equipped, the all aluminum engine that is all the rage. Rated at 305hp and 365 foot pounds in the 1999 Trans Am. It also has an aluminum drive shaft, larger 17 inch wheels and larger gas tank, among other improvements. It is not smog exempt thus it is subject to inspection.
They are both great bang for the buck, good time performance cars. Which would you choose? Let me know in the comments section.
John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.