There is only one reason why this 1987 Pontiac Firebird caught my eye, and it goes straight to childhood. I had a toy car when I was little…I remember that it was a third-gen Firebird body, it had a California blue plate with “BAD BIRD” on it, and it had a shifter sticking through the rear hatch that would let the car do wheelies across the linoleum floor in my grandfather’s kitchen. I don’t know what happened to that car, I have yet to see a photo of one like it on the internet anywhere, but the image of a tubbed Firebird with graphics and enough grunt to keep the wheels up stuck with me…for better or worse.
And I say “worse”, because this particular car is pretty much that toy Firebird in real life, with everything I need at my age to keep me entertained, just like the toy Firebird did those years ago. Instead of a couple AA batteries that died within a couple of hours, there’s a 427 Bow Tie roller motor that is pumping out 750 horsepower naturally, with a Zex nitrous system good for an additional 300 horsepower on deck. Wheelies? Even if it doesn’t so much as yank a tire, I’d be cool with that, wouldn’t you? The ATI TH-400 offers up the shifting experience if I really miss it, and the Aerospace Components four-wheel disc brakes will make sure that I can stop the wild ride if I need to.
Capable of 10.20 naturally, in the nines on the bottle, looking like a 1989 throwback, and wearing license plates…that’s right, this Bird is legal!…the Pontiac is an all-go, all-show kind of deal that we can dig here. There’s no doubt that the track would be calling our name – have to prove those numbers aren’t just made up, don’t we? But would you be willing to drive it around? You should, and I would. The kid I was would be so disappointed if I didn’t.