Muscle Cars

1980 Trans AM Turbo


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : General Motors Pontiac
Model : Trans AM Turbo
Year : 1980

Owner : Seif Al Ghali
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Al Mafia Muscle Cars Club

The Trans Am that started America’s first production turbocharged V-8

The Trans AM Turbo is part of the 2nd Generation Pontiac Firebird produced from 1970 till 1981. The 1980 Trans AM Turbo marks a milestone in the history of General Motors’ Pontiac Division as it is the first ever produced American V8 Turbocharged engine.

Back in the day, with the new regulations on emissions and fuel consumption in the mid-70s, it seems that the Pontiac engineers didn’t get that memo and decided to opt for a performance engine. They took the emissions-friendly, low-deck, low-performance 301 and crafted an entirely bespoke turbocharger system for it.

This resulted in an outstanding engine at the time and created a paradox between the new US regulations, fuel crisis and the early 80’s inflation however a Trans AM needs to be a Trans AM thus the 1980 Pontiac Trans AM Turbocharged was born.

The particularity of the 1980 Trans AM Turbo comes from the hood design with integrated Turbo indicator.

Afterwards in 1981 and beyond, the Trans AM had a new meaning, with a new chassis, new design and new engine trims.

Seif’s 1980 turbocharged Trans Am comes with all original interior and loaded with options for that period of time including A/C, power windows.


  • Top Speed: 224 Km/h
  • 0-100 Km/h: 8.2 sec
  • Power: 213 bhp & 469 Nm @ 2000 rpm
  • Displacement: 4.9 L
  • Weight: 1596 Kg


Muscle Cars

The Big Red, Camaro SS/RS 1969


Photos By Mohmmad Al-Badeen, The9FiveMedia

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro SS/RS
Year : 1969

Owner : Mr. Fahad Al-Odah
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group

My Car is a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS/RS with special order paint trim tag code (- -) that was intended to have frame off restoration original condition. Afterwards I got influenced by the original Big Red Camaro and transformed my project to be customized (the GCCG Big RED)

Mr. Fahad Al-Odah

The Car Awards

  • Big Red Camaro Photo Contest Grand Prize Signed DJ Safety 5-Way Racing Harness Worn by RJ Gottlieb in Big Red (with certificate of authenticity and photo of RJ wearing the belt)
  • Addiriyah Classic Show 2 3rd place in Best Sport Cars Category
  • Batelco Motorshow 2017 3rd Place in Best Classic Stock Category
  • Custom Show Emirates 2017 2nd Place in Best Custom Muscle Category


  • 396 ci. Big Block Mark IV Chevy V8

Performance Upgrades

  • K&N Performance Air Filter
  • K&N Performance Oil Filter
  • MSD Ignition System (8.5mm Super Conductor Spark Plug Wire Set, Digital 6AL Ignition Controller, Blaster 2 Ignition Coil, Pro-Billet Distributors)
  • NJK V-Power Spark Plugs
  • Powermaster PowerMAX Starter
  • Edelbrock Performer Carburetor
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM Intake Manifold
  • Edelbrock Victor Series Mechanical Water Pump
  • Melling Performance Oil Pump
  • Sealed Power CS-1004R Camshaft
  • Speed-Pro Hypereutectic Pistons
  • Sealed Power Hydraulic Lifters
  • Sealed Power Cam Bearings
  • Sealed Power Intake and Exhaust Valves
  • Be Cool Direct Fit Radiator Module
  • SPAL Automotive USA Electric cooling Fans
  • American Autowire Classic Update Series Wiring Harness Kit
  • Flowmaster Stainless Steel American Thunder Exhaust System

Suspension, Drivetrain and Brakes

  • Energy Suspension Hyperflex Polyurethane Bushing Kit
  • Classic Performance Disc Front Brake Kit
  • GM TH400 3 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Inland Empire Driveline High-Strength Driveshaft
  • Moser Engineering 12-Bolt GM Housing and Axle Package
  • Richmond Gear 3.55:1 Ratio Ring and Pinion Set
  • Eaton Detroit Truetrac Limited Slip Differential

Wheels and Tires

  • XXR 521 18×8.5” Front Wheels
  • XXR 521 18×10” Rear Wheels
  • Trans-Dapt Performance Universal 5-Lug Wheel Adapter
  • Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Front Tires 265/35ZR18
  • Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Rear Tires 295/30ZR18


  • Torch Red
  • Arctic White Stripes


  • Original Black Standard Bucket Interior
  • Dynamic Control Sound Deadener Dynamat Xtreme Custom Cut Kit
  • Vintage Air Gen-IV SureFit Air Conditioning Systems Complete Kit


Muscle Cars

Smokey And The Bandit, 1978 Pontiac Trans Am


Photos By Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, Mohmmad Al-Badeen, Hani Al-Sulatan

Make : Pontiac
Model : Trans AM
Year : 1978

Owner : Mohammed Al-Taee
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group

The 1978 Pontiac Trans AM is part of Pontiac Firebird 2nd Generation which initiated in 1970 and lasted until 1980.

From 1977 to 1981, the Firebird used four square headlamps which was considered to be the most significant change from earlier models.

In 1977, the black and gold Trans AM first became famous with the release of the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

In 1978, Smokey and the Bandit II was released featuring the 1978 Trans AM that became a dream to own for so many fans who still carry this dream today.

The 1978 Trans AM was produced with many engine choices, upgrades, and special editions.


  • Engine: 400cu.(6.6L ) L78 Pontiac V8
  • Exhaust: Dual Lines Magnaflow Mufflers
  • Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
  • Top Speed: 200 Km
  • Horse Power: 300 HP @ 4000 rpm
  • Weight: 1701 kg

Wheels and Tires

  • Wheels: 17” Pontiac Snowflakes Design
  • Tires: 255/50/17


  • Black W/Golden Graphics (Bandit Edition)


  • Original Laredo Brown Interior
  • Full Gauges Dash
  • Air Conditioning
  • Panasonic Car Sound System

I was a longtime fan of the movie “Smokey and the Bandit”. Actually, I started watching it since I was 7 years old. I’ve always dreamed of owning a ride like that one. After 33 years, the dream came true. Nowadays, I recall these beautiful memories every time I ride my Trans Am.

Mohammed Al-Taee


Muscle Cars

1967 Pontiac GTO “The Goat”


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Pontiac
Model : GTO
Year : 1967

Owner : Mazen Nasr Eldine
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Mafia Car Club

Winner of the Best American Retro Muscle Car at Lebanon Motorsport and Tuning Show 2016

The Pontiac GTO is an automobile that was built by Pontiac in generations from 1964 to 1974 model years, and re-appeared again from 2004-2006 by GM’s subsidiary Holden in Australia.

For the 1964 and 1965 model years, the GTO was an optional package. The GTO became its own model from 1966 to 1971. It became an option package again for the 1972 and 1973 intermediate Le Mans.

The Goat as Muscle car fans like to call it, marked the debuted of the Muscle Cars Era in USA in 1964 despite the fact that several fast V8 vehicles were built by other manufacturer since the 1930’s however the GTO had a new distinguished character defining what muscle cars stand for: “attitude” — a bigger V8, hood scoops (phony ones), the rumble of dual exhausts, a Hurst shifter, racy trim and so much more.

To give you a piece of history why it was called “The Goat”, it all starts with the acronym GTO, which stands for Gran Turismo Omologato. The GTO naming was taken from the Ferrari 250 GTO.

The meaning of the letters GTO denotes that this car is eligible to be entered in races like the LeMans and stock car races. This translation leaves little doubt that the Pontiac GTO was created with racing in mind. Surprisingly, the GTO was the idea of a GM advertising agency executive and John DeLorean, one time Pontiac chief engineer and later an automaker himself.

Afterwards and since the Americans have a history of shortening the names of cars with multiple syllables, this likely has influenced the nickname of this Pontiac brand and so the name “Goat” was born. “The Goat” is catchy, easy to remember and was essentially born out of convenience.

The 1967 GTO was built in three different models. There was the 2-door coupe, the two-door hardtop and the 2-door convertible.


  • Big Block Chevy 454 Ci (7.4L) Engine Swap


  • 2.5” Exhaust Pipe


  • Black Paint


  • Original Black Interior

Suspension and Brakes

  • Front and Rear 2” Lowered Springs
  • 4-piston 11” Disc Brakes


  • 19 x 9.5 Rear
  • 19 x 8 Front


Muscle Cars

1969 Dodge Charger R/T


Make : Dodge
Model : Charger R/T
Year : 1969

Owner : Nostalgia Classic Cars
Country : United Arab Emirates

First launched in 1966, the Dodge Charger was an instant hit. With the rise of the Muscle Cars’ Era, Dodge ventured into creating a muscle car based on the Coronet and staffed it with rich interior and plenty of power. Mopar fans rushed with enthusiasm to purchase the new Charger.

The second generation produced from 1968 – 1970 was an even greater success. Dodge with a radical departure from the 1966 Charger created the 1968 full-sized sports car ready to tear the tarmac.

In 1969, the Charger still used the same body as the previous year, but the 1969 version received a divided grille and new taillights.

The Charger’s wheelbase remained at 117 inches; its overall length was 208 inches, its width was 76.6 inches, and its height was 53.2 inches.

The base Chargers had the 225-cid slant-six and the 318-cid V-8 as standard engines. The Charger R/T had the 440-cid V-8 as its standard engine. In addition to the Charger SE, which was a mix of sport and luxury, it had all of the standard Charger features plus leather and vinyl bucket seats, simulated woodgrain steering wheel, deep-dish wheel covers, hood-mounted turn signal indicators, simulated woodgrain instrument panel, and the light group option.


DODGE CHARGER R/T Engine types

These were the everyday engines, the engines people ordered if economy outweighed performance. They all took regular fuel, had a single snorkel air cleaner, and a single tailpipe.

225 Six 318 V8 383 V8
Carburetor 1-bbl. 2-bbl. 2-bbl.
Compression 8.4:1 8.8:1 8.7:1
Gross horsepower 145 @ 4000 230 @ 4400 290 @ 4400
Torque (lbs-ft.) @ rpm 215 @ 2400 320 @ 2000 390 @ 2800


These were the engines for performance buyers. All had dual tailpipes and took premium fuel. The 340, 440 Six-Pack, and 426 Hemi had unsilenced air cleaners; the 383 and 440 Magnum had dual-snorkel air cleaners.


340 V8 383 V8 383 Magnum 440 Magnum 440 SixPack 426 Hemi
Carburetor 4-bbl. 4-bbl. 4-bbl. 4-bbl. 3x 2-bbl. 2x 4-bbl.
Compression 8.8:1 9.5:1 9.5:1 9.7:1 10.5:1 10.25:1
Gross hp 275@5000 rpm 330@5000 rpm 335@5200 rpm 375@4600 rpm 390@4600 rpm 425@5000 rpm
Pound-feet 340@3200 rpm 425@3200 rpm 425@3400 rpm 480@3200 rpm 490@3200 rpm 490@4000 rpm


Muscle Cars

1972 Buick GSX


Photos By Odah Al-Odah, Mohammad Al-Badeen, Mohammad Boksheem, Talal Al-Omair

Make : Buick
Model : GSX
Year : 1972

Owner : Mohammed Al-Sudairi
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group

Probably the most mysterious Muscle Car

Buick is one of General Motors luxury line of production and is well known for being one-step directly below the all-luxurious Cadillac; very few have heard or seen a Buick Muscle Car.

We have selected for this issue a very rare surviving Buick Muscle Car the “1972 Buick GSX” owned by Mohammed Al-Sudairi from Saudi Arabia.

Buick started the GS lineup in 1965 and last debatably till 1975, others say it ended in 1972 and some even go further and say that 1971 was the end of it with very few and limited production in 1972.

The story goes back to 1965 when Buick decided to enter the Muscle Car Era with its Buick Skylark platform. At that time General Motors only allowed the 400 Cubic Inch engine to be installed in its intermediate body platforms however Buick had a different say. Buick decided to stuff its muscle car with their existing 401 cubic inch full-size car engine and created the Buick Skylark Gran Sport better known as the Wildcat 445.The model was an instant success and sold almost 16,000 units in 1965.

Throughout the years, The GS brand was getting bigger and better and the best was yet to come.

In 1970, it was the most important milestone in the lifetime of the Buick GS. General Motors lifted the ban on the 400 Cubic engines and it was time to hit the big numbers. Buick stuffed a brand new 455 cubic inch engine into its restyled GS and at that time this engine was considered to be one of the fastest and most intriguing mechanical phenomena especially with its capability to reach high output on lower RPM range.

In mid-1970, Buick introduced the GSX model as an upgrade on the GS 455 model and was one of the most successful and most powerful Muscle Cars ever produced.

In 1971 and with the end of the Muscle Car Era due to new government regulations and restrictions, the production of the GSX model was dropped to 124 units to reach only 44 units in 1972.

Mohammed’s Buick is one of the rare 44 units produced from the 1972 era and it comes equipped with a 455 stage-1 V8 engine producing 360bhp @ 4,600 rpm coped with 692 Nm @ 2,800 rpm, capable of reaching 0-100 KM/h in 6.5 sec and achieve 1/4 mile in 13.8 sec @ 162 KM/h.

Moreover, the 1972 production also witnessed a wide variation of colors after being restricted to only two in early productions; this Buick comes with a burnished Copper Poly color. It also comes equipped with 15-inch magnum 500s twist wheels fitted with 245/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A. On the interior level it has an original dark saddle with a luxurious interior setup and a factory-installed air conditioning system.


It is a very rare surviving classic muscle car. It is one of 44 produced GSX.

Mohammed Al-Sudairi   


Muscle Cars

1979 Trans AM, Muscle Car Inspired by Racing


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : General Motors Pontiac
Model : Firebird Trans AM
Year : 1979

Owner : Yasser Tabbara
Country : Lebanon
Member of : El Mafia

In 1967 General Motors Pontiac division started producing the Firebird; the Firebird was produced from 1967 till 2002 in 4 different generations: Generation 1 from 1967-1969, Generation 2 from 1970-1981, Generation 3 from 1982-1992 and the last Generation 1993-2002. However the Firebird’s Trans Am Edition didn’t appear before 1969.

In 1966, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) created the concept of Trans AM Series, the series was formed at the dawn of the pony car era and was derived from the SCCA’s A & B Sedan amateur Club Racing classes, based upon commercially produced cars which had been modified for racing competition. The series was best known for competition among American V8 coupes such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, Pontiac Firebird, and Dodge Challenger in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Having said that, Pontiac wanted to create for its Firebird an upgraded package that screams performance and being so popular among Muscle Cars’ racing at that time GM wanted to use the name “Trans AM” on its upgraded Firebirds, thus the American manufacturer made an agreement with SCCA to pay them $5 per car sold, in return GM will be allowed to use the name Trans AM on the Firebird’s production. Funny enough the Firebird Trans AM vehicles were not allowed to race in the Trans AM series as its smallest engine exceeded the allowed capacity of the Trans AM series race cars.

The Firebird Trans AM was not just an upgraded Muscle Car, it was a dream to most Muscle Cars lovers from that Era. It also became a Movie star and made several appearances in major Hollywood movies: the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit, the 1978 movie Hooper, the 1979 movie Rocky II, the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II, the 1983 movie Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 and the 1984 movie Alphabet City. And who could forget the modified Trans AM “KITT” in the popular 1980s TV series Knight Rider.

All of this and despite the end of the Muscle Car Era in mid 1970’s, The Trans AM still made it through with great success. In 1979 Pontiac sold 116,535 Trans Ams, the highest sold in a year.

One of which is Yasser’s 1979 Trans AM that came in fully equipped with A/C, Power windows, Automatic Gear, Auto block and everything a 1979 Trans AM can have as comfort and styling options.

Yasser is the second owner and the car is vin matching on all parts, still unrestored and looks good as it did on its first day rolling out from the dealership in Lebanon back in 1979. Yasser’s Tran AM has only 61,000 KM on its mileage, a true rare under 100,000 KM Classic Muscle Car vehicle.


  • Engine: 6555 Cc (400.0 Ci) 16 Valve
  • Formation: V8
  • Transmission: 4 Speed/ Manual
  • Top Speed: 215.6 Km/H
  • 0 To 100 Km/H: 7.1 Secs
  • Power: 220 Bhp (164 Kw) @ 4000 Rpm
  • Torque: 298.2 Nm @ 2800 Rpm
  • Kerbweight: 1623 Kgs

As a current owner of a 1969 Camaro SS and a muscle car fanatic, I couldn’t but go crazy on this baby, when I first saw it I knew I had to get it!

Yasser Tabbara


Muscle Cars

1965 Ford Mustang, Where It All Began


Photos By Abdullah Al-Ghamdi & Hani Al-Sultan

Make : Ford
Model : Mustang
Year : 1965

Owner : Khalid AL-Zeer
Country : Saudi Arabia
Member of : Gulf Classic Cars Group (GCCG)

1964 and 1965 witnessed the release of Ford’s muscle car beast that is still in production and has been selling like crazy since day one, Ford Mustang.

The Mustang story goes back to even before the year zero (1964). It all began in 1961 when Lee lacocca, vice president and general manager of Ford Division, had a vision of producing a car that would seat four people, have bucket seats, a floor mounted shifter, be no more than 180 inches (4,572 mm) long, weigh less than 2,500 pounds (1,100 kg), sell for less than $2,500, and have multiple power, comfort, and luxury options.

An internal competition was held between the various three design studios (Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, and Advanced Design), and eventually, in 1962, The Lincoln–Mercury design studio won and produced the winning design.

It took 18 months of production to get the Mustang rolling out of Ford’s assembly line on March 9, 1964. The Mustang has all that was intended for this Pony car. It offered various choices of different interior designs, exterior, and drivetrain options. The Mustang would be able to be ordered as plain, or as fancy, as economical, or as fast, as the buyer wanted. In general, the Mustang was designed for everyone and was advertised as “the car to be designed by you”.


The Ford Mustang was heavily advertised, especially on April 16, 1964, the day before its release. Ford ran simultaneous commercials on all three major television networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS. The following day, April 17, 1964, people “attacked” the Ford showrooms. Ford sold over 22,000 Mustangs the first day. By the end of the year, Ford had sold 263,434. By the end of the Mustang’s first anniversary, April 17, 1965, Ford had sold 418,812 Mustangs. The Mustang had made a name for itself, and it was here to stay!

Ford manufactured the first generation Ford Mustang from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car.

As for our 1965 Ford Mustang 2-door Hardtop Coupe Original Rangoon Red, owned by Khalid AL-Zeer, it comes equipped with 289 cu in (4.7 L) Windsor V8 producing 225hp.

This pony car came with factory power steering, power breaks, and the Red Interior Decor Group that was popularly known as “Pony Interior” due to the addition of embossed running ponies on the seat fronts, and other interior features.


Muscle Cars

1965 Backdraft Racing Shelby Cobra Roadster Replica 427 ROUSH

Make : AC Cobra
Model : MK III

Year : 1965
Country : United Arab Emirates

Understanding the passion behind one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built, the AC Cobra, goes back to its early days.


Prior to 1962, the AC cars were manufactured in Britain using engines called Bristol Straight Six designed by BMW, until an American guy, Carol Shelby, decided to stuff a V8 engine in this light weight and aluminum chassis vehicle, thus creating the ultimate racing machine.

In 1962, AC, the British manufacturer, accepted Shelby’s offer and shipped a modified ACE chassis to the USA, ready to accept the Ford’s 260 in³ HiPo (4.2 L) engine – a new lightweight, thin-wall cast small-block V8 tuned for high performance. Carol Shelby and his team were able to fit the engine and transmission in just 8 hours at Dean Moon’s shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, and so the legend was born.

The first 75 Cobra Mk1 models, including the prototype, were fitted with the 260 cu in (4.3 L). The remaining 51 Mk1 models were fitted with a larger version of the Windsor Ford engine, the 289 cu in (4.7 L) V8.

After including several design modifications on the chassis by AC lead engineer, the MK II entered production in 1963 and lasted until 1965 with more than 528 Mark II Cobras produced in the summer of 1965.

The AC Cobra Mark II with the 289 cu in (4.7 L) leaf-spring Cobra dominated the US domestic race series (USRRC), with only one race lost in three years, and it was time to move into the FIA GT. However, results were different as the circuits were built in a way that the aerodynamics were more important than power, thus putting the roadster at a disadvantage, and so the coupe version was born.

On the engine level, the V8 worked well within the spacious engine bay, so much so, Shelby moved to the 289 stroker (325) engine in 1964, and then to the massive 427 cu (7.0L) with a new, stronger chassis in 1965, creating the ultimate machine, the AC Cobra 427, the original version of our featured vehicle.

Several ups and downs faced the legendary vehicle, from ceasing production to continuation cars line of production by Shelby Automobiles, Inc. and the counterfeit case against Carol Shelby. All of this made the AC Cobra one of the most wanted, legendary muscle cars ever built.

The demand on this vehicle was so high, and that pushed several companies to create AC Cobra replica kits that were sold separately to car enthusiasts and were stuffed with various powerful engines, keeping this legend alive with modern technologies.

One of the best ever seen Replica Cobras is our feature vehicle: this amazing 1965 Backdraft Racing Shelby Cobra Roadster Replica 427 Roush EFI 535HP, fitted with 18 inch front and rear Knock Off rims by American Racing and Wilwood BDR big brake kit.

This Cobra is built with a 427 Roush EFI coped with a Tremec 6-Speed Transmission (2.95 1ST GEAR/26 SPLINE) producing 553 Horsepower.

Engine Specs

  • 9.5 Deck Height
  • Small Block
  • Iron 4-Bolt Block
  • Steel Crankshaft
  • H-Beam Rods
  • Forged Pistons
  • Aluminum CNC Ported Heads
  • Roller Camshaft
  • Single Plane Intake
  • Holley 4-Barrel Carb
  • Dynamometer Tested
  • Premium Fuel


Muscle Cars

1978 Camaro Z/28


Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro Z/28
Year : 1978

Owner : Wadih el Marj
Country : Lebanon
Member of : EL Mafia

When you talk about muscle cars the first name that pops into your head is Camaro then you fill in the blank whether RS/SS/Z-28…

Wadih el Marj himself owner of several muscle cars including 1979 Trans AM and this amazing Camaro Z/28 takes pride in owning this specific machine as it is almost brand new, the paint job is still factory white paint and the interior is bright white leather making this iconic beast deserving the name Snow-white Brutal.

For those of you that are new in the muscle car universe, this baby is a second generation Camaro.

GM introduced for the first time the Camaro in 1966 and lasted till 1969 as first generation, the second generation began in 1970-1981 followed by 3rd, 4th, 5th and nowadays the 6th generation is roaming our streets.

The 2nd generation 1978 Camaro Z/28s has a non-functional hood scoop with outlining decals and featured a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 with a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor that produced 185 hp (138 kW; 188 PS) and 280 lb·ft (380 N·m) of torque coupled to either a 4-speed manual or a TH-350 3-speed automatic.

Another first for 1978 was the introduction of T-Tops option on the Z/28 similar to Wadih’s Camaro.

Also available models included the base Sport Coupe, Type LT, Z28, and the return of the Rally Sport. The Rally Sport (not badged RS as in previous years) featured a standard two-tone paint treatment.


  • Engine: 6-Cylinder 350 ci
  • Turbo Hydromantic Transmission TH 350
  • Snow White Brutal Z/28
  • 175 Horsepower
  • 280 Nm Torque


Muscle Cars

1970 Cuda Vitamin C