Normally, I can be found gushing over the latest loser car or automotive oddball that comes into my collection. However, even I have an appreciation for cool cars; itís just that there arenít that many Iíd like to model. That, mind you, does NOT apply to Trans Ams. Being a fiercely proud T/A owner, I love Ponchoís fire-breathing ĎBird in most of its guises. Of course, itís no surprise that my favourite is the black sheep of the family; the 1980-81 Turbo Trans Am!
Now, itís not because thatís the kind of car I own (well, okay, it IS, at least partially) but also because the Turbo T/A was supposed to herald a new era of performance, but instead was a short-lived, now-largely-forgotten experiment. It was Ponchoís last strike at the demons of efficiency that soon engulfed the enthusiast motoring scene. It failed, but it had potentinal.
While most people donít even remember it today, the Turbo T/A was a huge deal, and there were a tonne of kits, toys, etc. of the car. It was futuristic and classic all at once, and it was cool enough to be a pace car twice Ė once in each year it was alive! Thus, it seems fitting to remind people of this forgotten road warrior with a look at a somewhat forgotten kit: the Monogram 1/20 Turbo Trans Am!
Check it out at the link below, and get ready to relive the end of an era!