The Hunter Cavalry. The Vapid Imperator. The Dart Retaliator. What do these vehicles have in common? They are all fictional musclecars (Burnout Paradise, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Driv3r, respectively) and they all are generic forms of the prototypical muscle car circa 1970: long hood, short deck, bright colors and stout power. There might be some flavors that hint at a real-world car (the Cavalry, for instance, has a 1969 Mustang tail pan, 1969 GTO nose and the overall body shape of an E-body Chrysler) but they are their own creations that keep video game developers from having to pay out of the ass in royalties for using the trademarked likenesses of the real deals.
And that’s the same vibe we’re getting looking at this machine. If we hadn’t put “1984 Pontiac Firebird” in the title, would you have honestly guessed that was the vehicle you were looking at? I doubt it highly. While the car has some generic and blended touches. the overall shape screams 1970 Ford Torino/1971 Ford Australia Falcon, with just a hit of Mopar here and there, like the hoop nose front end and the bright blue color. Let’s make it clear right now: we are not dogging on this creation one bit. For a kit car, it’s surprisingly good. It’s doing a great job of hiding a third-gen F-body, and we could see it molded into a off-beat Mad Max machine with minimal input. Even the interior wasn’t untouched…there’s strong hints of Mustang in the dash and some of the control surfaces, while certain GM parts, like the Caprice-sourced gauge cluster and GM AM/FM/CD player offset. And that shifter…we’re pretty sure that was raided from a Lincoln Mark VIII. The grunt is provided by an LT-1 V8 (the 1990s version, probably from the Caprice) and whoever signed off on those turbine wheels, excellent choice.
It looks every bit a 1970s hot ride, but would leave everybody wondering, “What the hell was that?!” How much is individuality worth to you?