The first and the fourth gen models had their share of appareances, but neither were comparable to what the two mentioned generations of the Firebird have achieved.
The iconic statute probably came from Smokey and the Bandit, where the second-gen Trans Am was Burt Reynolds's sidekick that carved a Firebird shape in the minds of most of the people who had seen the film, but also from Knight Rider, the TV show that made the third-gen Trans Am popular for many of its viewers.
The vehicle in this video has not been moved from its storage place, a garage, since 1995. We are writing about 27 years, but we have seen barn finds that look worse after fewer years spent off the road.
This example was initially a company car for its first owner, whose nephew managed to get in contact with Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC. The owner was the only person who drove the car while it was being used, and the vehicle still has its original bill of sale, not to mention the original hubcaps, which are incredibly hard to find (and to keep).
Mind you, this 1982 Pontiac Trans Am came with a 5.0-liter V8, a four-speed manual transmission, and had a sticker price of $9,658 when it was new. To help give you an idea of what that kind of money meant back in 1982, it would be the equivalent of $28,645 in 2022.
Now, before being angry because car prices have gone through the sky this year, as well as in recent years, you should be reminded of the fact that vehicle safety has increased dramatically since 1982, and emissions have been decreased to a similar extent.
This vehicle only comes with 150 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque, which is not that impressive from a V8, albeit a carbureted one, but still, a V8.
With the math and history out of the way, time to watch Larry detail this Pontiac and show us that even professionals should be wearing a full face shield when cleaning a vehicle's underside. You will see why in just a couple of minutes after hitting play.