The third generation Firebird is a two-door pony car that was introduced in 1981 and quickly gained popularity due to its unique design that was a departure from the Seventies designs. Throughout the generations, the Firebird and Trans Am models were pop culture icons that made their appearance in a myriad of movies and TV series’. This generation is famous for its star status as KITT in Knight Rider (as well as his evil twin, KARR), and the car was as, if not more popular than David Hasselhoff! The Firebird's popularity and versatility doesn’t stop there, and this was proven by Henderson Motor Works when they decided to convert this American-born muscle car into a replica of a Ferrari 308GTS, as a Miami Vice homage. This is a departure from the norm, as the typical conversion of a third-generation Trans Am is into a KITT replica. This 1986 Trans Am SE model is reported to be Henderson Motor Works’ prototype of a rare production run of 308GTS replicas based on the Trans Am. Only twelve were produced, and this car comes from New York City with 8,200 miles on the clock.
This Miami Vice replica started life as a 1986 Pontiac Trans Am SE before undergoing the cosmetic transformation to look like a Ferrari 30GTS courtesy of a body kit, quad exhaust tips and Ferrari red exterior paint. This replica has new Centerline wheels with recently replaced tires. The weather stripping has been renewed to protect its re-upholstered interior, which features two tones black and gray leather bucket seats. The car accommodates four adults. The fine wood dash hosts a modern convenience in the shape of an upgraded head unit with Bluetooth connectivity. Purists can rejoice, as the original radio is included, and a remote starter has been installed for convenience.
Whilst the exterior is Italian-inspired, the mechanicals are very much American muscle-derived. This example comes with General Motors’ long serving 305ci (5.0L) V8 engine coupled to an automatic transmission and driving the rear wheels. The engine produced 190bhp when new. All fluids have been flushed and changed, with recently replaced brakes and new calipers as well.