53 Cool Concept Cars... Part XIV

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Trans-Am...  For most people, they think of Pontiac Trans-Ams…  Some think about the SCCA racing series.  I think about both… but the cars I think about are the Trans-Am racing cars from the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were pure race cars, but they started life as production cars.  Rather than being tube structures wrapped with a body that resembled a real car, they were real cars that were modified to be racers.

When one starts talking about muscle cars, the year 1969 pops up pretty frequently… but the era from 1968-1972 has to be one of the coolest for Trans-Am junkies.  The street cars that came from that era were the stuff of dreams.

  • Ford competed with Boss 302 Mustangs…  The 1969 street version was raw and didn’t like low-rpm cruising.  But it rewarded the driver when it was pushed…
  • Trans-Am Revival
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    Chevy rolled out the Z28 Camaros as their weapon of choice.  It had a unique 302 that was also kind of a temperamental beast.  Overshadowed by the 350 and some of the larger motors, the 302 Chevy was a high revving racer… built to the 5 liter SCCA spec.

  • Chrysler brought out the Plymouth AAR Cudas and Dodge Challenger T/As
  • Of course, AMC had their Javelins and AMXs.  Mercury did battle with the Cougars and Pontiac brought the Firebird into the fray.

Any muscle car fan has to respect that sort of line-up…  The stars certainly aligned.

My Concept…

Several of the key players are back. Dodge has a Challenger.  Cevy has a Camaro.  Ford has never let the Mustang go away.  So, why not build a trio of these retro-muscle beasts…  And then race them.


2009 Dodge Challenger R/T photographed in Whea...
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I’m not talking about tube-frame race cars that are all but identical under the skin, with just a different engine and body template, but real production based racers with limited aftermarket parts.  Limit them to normally aspirated 6.0L engines… no turbos or superchargers.  Require that the engines be ‘stock’… and that the company has to sell 1000 of the model (Mustang, Camaro or Challenger) wit hthe same engine.  Transmissions and other drivetrain parts have to be similar to stock… And the suspension would have to be ‘bolt-on’ changes only.

Interiors for the race cars could be stripped, fenders flared a little and the ride height would have to be within a couple of inches of stock.

The REAL concept cars would be the factory built racers that would be for sale at the dealerships…

And I think it is safe to say that the manufacturers could have a line for the 1000 cars.  AND a line for the races.  Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.

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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I L♥VE the technical side of NASCAR although as you say, there is nothing STOCK in them any more.  These are the 3 MODELS that are the models for the NASCAR Nationwide cars next year.

Aug 22, 2010 11:30 PM #1
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Every time I come to your blog I learn something.

Aug 23, 2010 06:52 AM #2
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

Lane, Your post sure brings back some good memories. I started working in the Automotive parts business when I was 20 years and later owned my own store for a number of years.  One of my customers aka "Firebird Freddy" did just about everything he could do to that Bird and it sure would run. I don't remember for sure what year or years that the Firebird had a double overhear cam six cylinder that could be tuned and enhanced to win a lot of races.  Not many of my friends remember this car.

Aug 24, 2010 08:12 AM #3
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Lane, I am a car fan and really enjoyed this post. I stopped over to tell you that I am still laughing at the Chili Cook-off link you left on my recent post. Very funny and frankly I am still laughing! Thanks!

Aug 28, 2010 06:48 AM #4
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