1985 Pontiac Trans Am Kammback concept up for grabs

The official test mule by GM for the muscle breadvan that never was can now be yours
January 04, 2017

Without a shadow of a doubt, this Trans Am Kammback would have been the ideal shooting brake back in the days of the mullet. Yes, we’re talking about the Eighties - a time that wasn’t so great in the automotive industry where cars like the Cadillac Cimmaron, Lada Riva, Renault Fuego and many other atrocities were a common sight on the roads. It didn’t take much to look better than these, and Pontiac’s third generation Firebird sure had it going on in the looks and performance departments.

But, GM wanted to create another wagon as a successor to the classic Chevy Nomad. So, it got Pontiac to build a concept which they did and called it the Kammback (it was named after the German engineer Wunibald Kamm who designed it) and it featured a long roof and sleek, glassy, sportwagon rear not to mention a 5.0-litre V8 mated to a five-speed manual. GM was serious about putting the Kammback into production (they sent the car pictured to pace the PPG and IMSA Race Series in 1985) but when they calculated the math and realized the car would need a sticker price that was three times that of the best Trans Am you could buy, they shelved those plans. What a shame, because this could have been cool, like really cool; it featured T-tops, a Dove Gray leather interior and had power everything (windows, door locks, steering, brakes) along with AC and cruise control along with all the extra room back there. It could have been the performance wagon of the decade…

Anyway, enough musing. The car you see here is one of four test mules that Pontiac built and VIN number EX4796 is up for grabs and will go under the hammer on January 14 at the Barrett Jackson’s 2017 sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. So, if fast and loud Eighties wagons are your thing, get bidding.