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Red Horse
Sitting Bull

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Posted - 21 Oct 2017 :  02:58:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw a 68 Firebird auctioned off at Barrett Jackson as a Trans AM. I always thought 69 was the first year for Trans AM. All information I have says 69. Am I missing something?
Just found it on the auction list as a 68 recreation. Went for over 40 thou.

Edited by - Red Horse on 21 Oct 2017 03:21:33 AM

tjs44
Cochise

USA
411 Posts

Posted - 21 Oct 2017 :  09:58:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You found out BJ is full of crap!Tom
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Bill Boyle
Horse Feathers (Charter Member)

USA
4793 Posts

Posted - 21 Oct 2017 :  11:42:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I saw/heard one commentator on BJ in the past reference a Firebird with a small block 400. It got my attention thinking somebody swapped in a 400 Chevy SB? Wrong! It was a Pontiac.

Once at MIR the local announcer made reference to my car as the dark blue Camaro. My fault entirely for having no decals to show it wasn't a Camaro. Commentators are often uninformed and or sloppy in what they say to their audience. Some things can be overlooked, but calling a 68 Firebird a 68 Trans Am is really, really sloppy.


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Edited by - Bill Boyle on 21 Oct 2017 11:43:06 AM
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Red Horse
Sitting Bull

202 Posts

Posted - 21 Oct 2017 :  2:56:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thinking about it how could you recreate something that didn't exist? What got me was the two MC's kept calling it a Trans AM. You would think the buyer would be very angry when he finds out what he bought isn't what he thought he bought. I take great pains to tell people my 69 is a Firebird with Trans AM paint and Emblems.
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Steve C.
Crazy Horse

1672 Posts

Posted - 21 Oct 2017 :  5:44:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lot #368 1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS-AM RE-CREATION

https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1968-PONTIAC-FIREBIRD-TRANS-AM-RE-CREATION-210295

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Red Horse
Sitting Bull

202 Posts

Posted - 21 Oct 2017 :  8:26:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thats the one it is a nice looking car. Since it says in the description its a recreation someone may have just been looking for a nice ride.

Edited by - Red Horse on 21 Oct 2017 10:07:35 PM
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loosetappet
Sitting Bull

113 Posts

Posted - 23 Oct 2017 :  11:24:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Red Horse

Thinking about it how could you recreate something that didn't exist? What got me was the two MC's kept calling it a Trans AM. You would think the buyer would be very angry when he finds out what he bought isn't what he thought he bought. I take great pains to tell people my 69 is a Firebird with Trans AM paint and Emblems.



I agree. Isn't it more properly called a "tribute" car? "Re-creation" supposes that there is, somewhere, a real 68 Trans Am that is being "re-created".
Is that splitting too many hairs? LOL
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Phil
The Great White Buffalo

USA
7214 Posts

Posted - 24 Oct 2017 :  09:26:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with you guys. A "recreation" by definition would require prior existence. I can't even watch Parrot Hack-son or even Meek-ham anymore. Might as well call it Vette/Mustang/Camaro Auction highlights. Apparently there's so many, much more interesting cars being sold that never make it on screen.

To be fair, I don't expect live announcers to be "script accurate" but some of the flubs and stumbles belong at the Friday night cruise at the In & Out Burger.

Bowties are for Pee-wee Herman. "Chevy": even the name sounds cheap, but not as cheap as your Pontiac will be with an LS transplant.
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