The first version of the Firebird was born in 1967. Trans-Am, from which the name derives, is a speed race devised by Pirelli in which all the main American sports vehicle brands participated driven by the biggest names in motoring sport.
Today the Trans-Am Championship, whilst respecting its origins, consists of four categories in which vehicles with considerable mechanical differences between them take part.
The second generation Firebird, built from 1970 to 1981, underwent extensive restyling, increasing the power and heavily intervening on the aerodynamics. The third generation, to which the vehicle we are presenting belongs, adopted the same improvements as the Chevrolet Camaro of which it already used the mechanics and other details regarding the finishes and bodywork (both brands were owned by General Motors).
The vehicle adopts a 5 litre V 8 cylinder engine with 3 speed automatic transmission and power of 190 HP.
This example was completely restored and modified to be a replica of the famous K.I.T.T. in 2013/2014 purposely to take part as a special guest in “Las Vegas Cars Stars 2014”. Sent over from Italy in a special container it arrived in New York and crossed the whole of the United States in order to launch the event with astounding success.
In Italy it took part in an event in Monza called “Acceleration” on the express request of actor David Hasselhoff, star of the “Supercar” series. The following year it participated in another very important event in France called “Reencontre European Cars stars” where it was admired and autographed by “Michael Scheffe”, the original designer, as well as the actor, producer and TV personality David Hasselhoff.
It appears that a new series of these TV films is in preparation which would renew interest in this vehicle and, evidently, its value.
The vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition but, for safety reasons, we advise the purchaser to have it checked over and to replace the fluids, filters and perishable elements.