- Trans Am Worldwide recreates classic Muscle cars with modern drivability and performance benefits, such as the Pontiac Firebird Outlaw inspired by “Smokey and the Bandit.”
- The company utilizes fifth and sixth-generation Camaro platforms to recreate iconic Muscle car models that have long been discontinued.
- The 2010 GTO Judge, currently for sale at Trans Am Worldwide, faithfully replicates the iconic design elements of the classic GTO Judge, including the bodywork, taillights, hood scoops, and hood-mounted “tachometer.”
The idea of a retro-inspired Muscle car with modern underpinnings is like a wet dream to hot rod enthusiasts. In a way, it combines the best of both worlds – classic design, inspired by iconic models, mixed with modern-day drivability and reliability. And then, there are the obvious performance benefits. Companies like Trans Am Worldwide have been working for years to recreate iconic Muscle cars frm the past that have, since, been discontinued.
As the Tallahassee-based company suggests, its most famous creation is the Camaro-based Pontiac Trans Am, which can be had in numerous flavors. Among those is the infamous Pontiac Firebird Outlaw, inspired by the 1977 Trans Am driven in “Smokey and the Bandit“. TAW has resurrected other classic representatives of the Muscle car era. A case in point is a 2010 Pontiac GTO Judge, currently, for sale at Trans Am Worldwide.
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Utilizing The Camaro Platform To The Fullest
Trans Am Worldwide started out as Trans Am Depot. The company was founded by the Warmack brothers and started out selling and fixing old cars. Later, the company started manufacturing spare parts under license from General Motors. At this point, the brothers also started tinkering with old Pontiacs by restoring and modifying them.
Most of what Trans Am Worldwide does nowadays is recreating models that have long been discontinued. The only Muscle car nameplate General Motors still keeps around is the Chevrolet Camaro, which is being discontinued in 2024. In the meantime, TAW has made great use of the fifth and sixth-generation Camaro platforms in all of its projects.
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The First In A Long List Of Reimagined Muscle Cars
Trans Am Worldwide has been churning out modern versions of classic Muscle cars since 2010. At the time of writing this article, TAW features well over 10 neo-retro models under its belt. The latest addition to TAW’s portfolio is the 2024 Chevelle 70/SS, inspired by one of the fastest Muscle cars of the 1970s. It so happens that the 2010 GTO Judge is the company’s first modern incarnation of an iconic American nameplate.
Being a 2010 model year, the underpinnings come from an early, fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS. There are now better platforms than the previous Camaro’s GM Zeta platform, which still brought with it the inherent driving characteristics of classic Muscle cars, among those being tail-happy and tire-shredding tendencies.
In true tradition, Trans Am Worldwide offers multiple variants of each of its iconic builds. That said, only the best is reserved for the modern incarnation of the Pontiac GTO Judge. The example in the images is powered, not by the Camaro LS3 engine, but rather by a supercharged LSX V-8, pumper up to 840 horsepower. Better yet, this one comes with a Tremec, six-speed manual transmission. Naturally, power goes exclusively to the rear axle.
Trans Am Worldwide Notable Projects
- 2010 GTO Judge Edition
- 2012 Trans Am Outlaw Edition
- Hurst Edition Trans Am #6 of 15
- Bandit Edition Trans Am #24 of 77
- Trans Am Super Duty #17
- Hurst Judge GTO #2 of 7
- 2014 Hurst Judge Edition GTO #7 of 7
- 2015 Camaro SS
- 2015 Bandit Edition Trans Am #18 of 77
- 2018 Trans Am Super Duty #11 of 50
- 2018 Trans Am Super Duty #27 of 50
- 2024 Chevrolet Chevelle 70/SS
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All The Iconic Design Elements Are Present
It’s safe to say that the 2010 GTO Judge listed for sale at TAW ticks all the right boxes. Trans Am Worldwide has always offered custom as well as classic colors for each of its models. This particular representation of a modern-day Pontiac GTO Judge comes in the iconic Monaco Orange and scores the classic stripes and Judge graphics as the original car. The bodywork still features remnants of the Camaro donor car, but the front and rear have been heavily revised to replicate the classic GTO Judge. TAW has left no stone unturned in recreating the classic GTO looks.
The Endura nose and hidden headlights are just the start. Also faithfully recreated are the taillights, ram-air hood scoops, and even the hood-mounted tachometer, which is something we don’t see in modern Muscle cars. The only difference here is that, instead of the engine RPMs, the external “tachometer” shows the supercharger pressure.
Just like TAW’s latest addition – the highly executed, 2024 Chevelle 70/SS – the 2010 GTO Judge also came as a convertible. The example that is currently listed for sale at TAW is the hardtop variant. This particular example comes with a black interior, which remains largely unchanged from what you would see on a fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, aside from the new upholstery and the use of better materials.
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What Made The Original GTO Judge An Icon?
The Pontiac GTO has long been considered the grandfather of the Muscle car. There were, of course, other performance-oriented. American V-8 cars before 1964, but the GTO is considered to be the car that started the Muscle car craze. The GTO Judge was introduced in 1969 – a year after the second-generation GTO was introduced.
The goal was to offer a more exciting version that would bring clients back to the GTO. The Judge was as good as a Pontiac-badged A-Body could get. It stood out with catchy graphics, matched by performance enhancements. The looks of the GTO Judge are beloved by Muscle car aficionados even 50-plus years later, especially after the fifth-generation Pontiac GTO failed to stir the souls of Muscle car fans, despite offering great bang for the buck.
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 400 H.O. Performance Specifications
6.6-liter/ 400 cu-in OHV V-8
3-speed automatic/ 4-speed manual
Front engine, RWD
6.0-4.9 seconds (depending on transmission and final-drive ratio)
(Data sourced from Automobile-Catalog.com)
Those included a more radical camshaft for the 400 cubic-inch H.O. V-8 as well as a functional Ram Air III, which was standard even on the smaller, 400 cubic-inch engine. In 1971, the Judge was also available with a 455 V-8. At this point, however, new emissions regulations started having negative effects on performance, and the bigger engine made less power.
The beauty of the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge is that you could order the package on the base car, which gave you all the performance hardware with none of the unnecessary stuff to weigh you down. With that said, fully-loaded GTO Judges do exist, like this 1969 GTO Judge convertible, featured on Muscle Car of the Week that’s “got it all”. The GTO Judge was meant to be available only for 1969, but Pontiac managed to sell limited numbers through 1970 and 1971 – 168 and 357 units respectively. The Pontiac GTO Judge’s most successful year, by a long shot, was 1969, when 6,833 examples were sold.