I guess that one of the reasons that I am quite fond of the Pontiac Trans Am was that MB4 Pontiac Firebird was one of the first diecast cars I can remember. Add to that Ryan O’Neal’s character in the 1978 film ‘Driver’ chased one to destruction within the end sequence and not forgetting the black version driven by ‘dat sumbitch’ The Bandit in Smokey and the Bandit.
So as I add further vehicles to the 1/64 garage there are a few American ones that catch my eye – but only at decent price. Wheel Collectors in the US&A had one on sale, so why not.
This version was featured in Car and Driver, but TBH, this is totally irrelevant – I just want the casting. And Autoworld do a decent job here. The detail of the TA is well captured – it is not a slight car in real life but a bit of a lump and all that 1976 about it is represented well. You get that infamous gold eagle on the bonnet and dotted are the indicators as well as the brake lights. It is what bloated Americana was about in the 70s.
It is not a classic 1/64 by any means. It does a job which is what I want, but not the kind of model you would drool over. And I certainly wouldn’t pay over £5 for one – whilst good, it is no Oversteer or Minichamps. But again that is not to say it is a bad model at all. For me this fills a pothole.