Pontiac Trans Am

Oddly, the Sports Car Club of America is the sanctioning body that holds the rights to the "Trans-Am" name. The Trans-Am Series was created in 1966 by the SCCA and was originally taken from the SCCA's A Production class. The series is known for competition of muscle cars like the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro, the Plymouth Barracuda, the AMC Javelin and the Dodge Challenger. This was of course in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These are not the only cars that competed; marques from many different countries have participated in the series. Just another muscle car, the Pontiac Trans Am, was named for this series. However, due to a lack of participants and interest, the series ended operations after the 2005 season. However, the Sports Car Club of America does still own the name and has permitted Heartland Park Topeka to run two races in September and October 2006 using the Trans Am name. The Trans Am was given the honor of acting as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. This special, 20th Anniversary Turbo Trans Am that was released by Pontiac was based on the GTA, and was only offered in white with a tan interior. It came equipped with the turbocharged Buick 3.8L V6, which was originally developed for the Buick Regal Grand National. Of this special edition, 1,555 were produced with 5 of those being test cars. Not all came with T-tops or with leather interior but every one had an automatic transmission. Still, at the time, this was widely regarded as the fastest production car in existence. Of the five test cars, at least two were sold to private individuals, thus there are at least those two extremely rare, non-white, factory models in existence. In fact, one is known to be red. It would cost a pretty penny to get your hands on that.