It takes a noble man to reimagine Smokey and the Bandit’s 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. It takes a wise man to use the erstwhile coupe’s step brother, the Chevy Camaro SS, as the base. And it takes a goddamn hero to drop in a 7.4-liter V-8 supercharged to 840 ponies. The shining knight behind this beaut is Scott Womack, co-founder of Trans Am Worldwide, a Tallahassee-based outfit that converts late gen Camaros into contemporary takes on the Firebird. And he thinks Reynold’s iconic Screaming Chicken deserves a tire-squealing comeback.
Among the exterior tweaks are a Trans Am signature split grille, a shaker hood, ground effects, a sizeable spoiler and recognizable quad square headlamps. Gold painted snowflake wheels with period-correct raised white letters sit on the axles and, of course, t-tops were included. After all, if you have to open a door to leap in, it’s not really a proper Trans Am.