Welcome to wheels, Tareq. You love American muscle cars and own a lovely all-original, black 1984 third-generation Firebird. How did you come across this Pontiac?

Thank you for featuring me and my car in the magazine!

Well, I was visiting my parents during the Christmas break back in 2011 and was looking for a car to buy. I was studying in Vancouver Canada and visiting Toronto where my family lived. I went and saw a few cars including a 1997 Firebird, 1985 Fiero and also some Japanese cars including a Toyota Celica. They were all really nice but my father and I could not agree a price with the owners. However, when I saw this Firebird, I fell in love with it. My mind was set and I knew I was going to buy it no matter what.

Something just drew me in and with a little help from fate, everything happened and I ended up getting it. It had some issues since it was parked for 10 years. It was like a project car and I ended up fixing it steadily through the years and it’s running like a dream now. I’m proud to say that I was able to bring it back to life.

 

Anyone who saves a Firebird deserves high praise! What were the major issues when you bought it?

When I got it, I had some problems with the fuel lines and fuel pump since it was parked for so long, but I fixed all of that.

Other problems I faced were with the AC but with the help of the guys at Hooran Garage in Ajman it is much better now.

 

You love it so much that you had it shipped to the UAE from Canada, right?

That’s right! When I finished university and came here looking for a job, I made sure that my Firebird was coming with me as it was my first car and I wasn’t about to let go of my first love!

 

We’re glad you did but it’s not the only muscle car you own here is it…

No, I also have a 2011 Cadillac CTS V which I bought in 2015 when I got a job. It’s a great car, so much fun to drive and packs a lot of power. I decided to get something fast since I love speed and also since my Firebird only packs a small V6 it isn’t the most potent.

However, it’s really economical which is great, especially in Canada where fuel is so expensive. It has a 2.8-litre motor and although it lacks in output it makes up for that with the way it sounds and drives. It’s great. It is also one of the most comfortable cars that I have ever driven and it handles well too.

 

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It looks in fine shape considering it is 34 years old — and it is nice to see that it is all stock too…

Yes it’s the same as it was when it left the factory all those years ago with no  mods whatsoever. It has all original parts inside and out, the same engine with only 116,000km and I have the paperwork to prove it. I bought it with only 87,000km, so the car is still mint.

The interior is all original, there are no rips or anything on the seats. It’s great to see that the car survived all these years and now it is my turn to preserve it. I believe having the car all original and with no mods is what makes it special, it is somewhat of a collector’s item since it is in original condition.

I would love to have a 5.7-litre in it like the top end Trans Ams had but at the same time I would like to keep it in this original condition. In the future, I will probably get something similar or a bit older with a V8 already in it and then it will be a win-win situation!

 

I bet people think KITT and Michael Knight’s just driven past whenever you take it out and about for a ride!

Funnily enough, my dad is a fan of Knight Rider so he was happy when I got this car and he loves it as well. The same goes with all of my friends and family, they love it and when I take them for a drive, I always get the same reaction, that it is a cool car and awesome
to drive.

These cars, as you know, are unique and very special. Wherever you go, whether in Canada or in the UAE, it turns heads and gets attention. I always have people come up to me to chat about the car while others give me the thumbs up when I am driving and let me know that they like it. Also, I have had some people approach me and ask if it is for sale.

I love it so much that I could drive it daily but I limit the driving to weekends. I would like to keep it in the best condition possible so I just cruise during the weekends mostly around Jumeira or around the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.



We wish you years of happy motoring with this sleek Bird. What other interesting cars have you driven?

The coolest without a doubt was a 1991 Mazda RX-7 twin turbo. That car looked good, had awesome performance and great handling. It was a lot of fun.

My dad let me drive his BMW 325i here in UAE in the early 2000s around the Al Khan area in Sharjah, and that was the first time I was driving a car by myself, of course with my dad next to me, and that was a lot of fun too.

When we moved to Canada I couldn’t wait to get my driving license. I got it when I was 16 and we bought a 2006 Dodge Charger that I drove regularly, and that was a good fun as well.

 

A final question before you jump back in to your Pontiac for a cruise — what is your dream car? 

I have two — the first would be a 1967 Shelby GT500 and the other an Aventador. In addition to muscle cars, I’m a big fan of Lamborghinis.

 

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