Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

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    Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback
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    Daniel Strohl
    11-05-2018



    With the third-generation F-body, however, Pontiac designers and engineers apparently saw a less expensive path forward for the Type K’s concept. Where the second-generation F-body used a fixed backlite that, in its latter years, wrapped over onto its sail panels, the third-generation used a massive sloping hatch. The former required extensive sheetmetal modifications to generate a station wagon; the latter required only that the hatch be swapped out for a taller and squared-off wagon version (much like the Nissan Pulsar NX, which entered production in 1986).

    And that’s just what Pontiac’s designers did in 1985. The result, which Pontiac called the Kammback this time around, didn’t quite have the length of the Type K, but it did include the Type K’s gullwing glass panels. While most sources indicate Pontiac built just two Kammbacks — a black version and a white version — contemporary photos show a third in red. Motor Trend, which included the black version on its August 1985 cover, reported that the Kammback option would cost just a few hundred dollars and be available as a dealership-installed accessory to ensure quality control.

    The white Trans Am Kammback (chassis number 0000EX4796), fitted with the 190-hp H.O. version of the 305-cu.in. V-8 and a five-speed manual transmission, reportedly served as an IMSA pace car for a brief period before Pontiac put it into storage. It took Michigan-based Pontiac dealer John McMullen to bust it out of storage and then turn the 36,000-mile prototype over to Scott Tiemann for a full restoration.

    The Kammback them remained in McMullen’s collection — alongside one of the Pininfarina-built Type Ks — until 2007, when it sold at auction to John O’Quinn for $66,000. Since then, it sold at auction again — for $44,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2017 Scottsdale sale — and ProTeam Corvette Sales has advertised it for $69,995. No pre-auction estimate has been released for its upcoming trip across the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction, slated for January 3 to 13.

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Man those V8 suffered from Anemia

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    I thought there were aftermarket companies that MADE a KIT version for retail at least in Canada ( I remember seeing on on a Camaro back around 2003) recall VERY pricy and sold BADLY

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    nissan pulsar NX offered a similar kit



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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    A couple of decades earlier, on the other side of the pond, Reliant built the Scimitar GTE - a favourite of HRH Princess Anne

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...994cc_1972.JPG

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    A couple of decades earlier, on the other side of the pond, Reliant built the Scimitar GTE - a favourite of HRH Princess Anne

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...994cc_1972.JPG
    Glad it was not the Reliant Robin

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Glad it was not the Reliant Robin
    The two ends of their range were very different!

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    nissan pulsar NX offered a similar kit



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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    The two ends of their range were very different!
    Reliant also deserved credit for building the body tub for the Ford RS200, a car with insane performance for the day. Ford selected Reliant because of their experience in composites/plastics. All anybody outside the UK seems to remember about Reliant is that they built the Robin. I suppose we can blame Top Gear for that.

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Quote Originally Posted by SVT74 View Post
    Reliant also deserved credit for building the body tub for the Ford RS200, a car with insane performance for the day. Ford selected Reliant because of their experience in composites/plastics. All anybody outside the UK seems to remember about Reliant is that they built the Robin. I suppose we can blame Top Gear for that.
    There's also Mr. Bean who could get his share of the blame.

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    Re: Pontiac tried to resurrect a 15-year-old concept with its Trans Am Kammback

    Man I love me some 3rd gens!!

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