While it has been nearly four years since the departure of GM’s sporty Pontiac nameplate from the U.S. market, there are multiple conversion opportunities out there to transform the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro into what would have presumably been the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
tOne of the best examples is arguably the Lingenfelter TA, a Firebird Frankenstein of sorts, based on the mighty 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Such a transformed beast carries with it all the nuances of an American muscle car, with one absolutely mental LS powerplant good for some 600+ hp, an ear-shattering full Corsa exhaust and one slick-shifting 6-speed manual.
While all those numbers are great, it is the butch and classic styling which sets the Lingenfelter TA in a class of its own. Harkening back to the iconic early 70’s Trans Am models, this brute machine carries with it a finesse unmatched by any modern vehicle on the road today.
The design comes courtesy of Lingenfelter’s “Screaming Eagle” trim package, which adds a unique front fascia, reminiscent of past Trans Am models, an authentic Shaker-style hood, air scoops flanking either side of the vehicle and some retro honeycomb rims. Finally, finishing off the package is one classic interior, highlighted with vinyl inserts throughout the cabin and all the conveniences expected of a modern muscle car.
All of this to say, that the Lingenfelter TA crossed the Mecum Auction block this past weekend in Houston, with the highest bid of $55,000. The owner would not sell for that low.