The SCCA’s Trans Am series is similar to NASCAR in that the tube-frame purpose-built racecars used are relatively simple machines when compared to more advanced cars used in F1 or even TUDOR. That means they are relatively cheap on the used market, giving the average joe on a budget the opportunity to own a car with a bit of racing pedigree.
A perfect example of a nice, lightly used Trans Am racer has popped up for sale on eBay recently. This Camaro GT 1, which is built around a tube-frame chassis and sports a fourth-generation Camaro body, has a 5.4-liter dry sump Chevrolet V8 built by Trans Am great Larry Leifert along with a T10 manual transmission. There’s also other parts which are necessary to go racing such as a fire suppression system, a driver cooling system and a 32 gallon fuel cell.
Despite being over 20 years old, this Camaro GT 1 is still capable of turning out a 54 second lap at Lime Rock Park in the hands of the right driver. You’ll likely be the fastest guy at any given track day or autocross if you buy this, and for $62,000, it represents a good performance bargain. If we’ve piqued your interest, you can check out the listing here for additional information and photos.