In its previous life, the Chevrolet Camaro always had a Pontiac companion—the Firebird. And while Pontiac Firebird's top-performance version, the Trans Am, typically offered performance in line with the equivalent Camaro SS, the T/A was always a little showier—whether it be with pop-up headlights or, for crying out loud, the screamin' chicken.
But with Pontiac being phased out and put in mothballs, any Trans Am versions of the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro just ain't to be.
Luckily for those of you who think that the new Camaro doesn't look quite bitchin' enough—or unluckily for some of you who would rather not relive the days of the male perm and detective-show car chases—Pennsylvania-based Kevin Morgan Designs has created this 2010 Camaro-based Trans Am concept called the Phoenix T/A.
And as early as this fall, you might be able to buy a 2010 Camaro and have it turned into a Trans Am—with, it looks like, one of a couple of potential front-end appearances.
In a backgrounder on the company's site, Morgan reports being obsessed with "Smokey and the Bandit" toys as a kid and first owned a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am T-top. Besides being a Trans Am enthusiast, he's a graphic designer, "so when the Concept Camaro came out, I said to myself, you can not have a Camaro without having a Trans Am," writes Morgan, whose concept drawings have been run in Hot Rod, Popular Hot Rodding, High Performance Pontiac, and Smoke Signals.
Morgan's look will be realized first in a one-off Kevin Morgan "Trans Am" Concept that will be unveiled later this month at the 2009 Trans Am Nationals, then Trans Am Depot plans to offer a conversion kit with the look—inspired by the '77 and '78 T/A—later this year.
Although details of the conversion kit haven't been announced, the concept conversion includes gold or silver machined-face snowflake wheels with Pirelli PZero tires, a Shaker hood scoop, a splitter-tip exhaust, and a lowering kit with sway bars in addition to all the appearance upgrades.
This isn't the first attempt at resuscitating the top Firebird through unconventional ways. ASC Creative Services released teaser pictures of a Trans Am conversion earlier this year, but no further plans to make a kit or conversion have been announced.