Classic Design Concepts FireBreather is a Muscular Glimpse at What Might Have Been
Of all the American automotive nameplates to be scrapped within the last 10 years, most people will probably tell you the saddest loss is that of Pontiac. (We were always fond of Oldsmobile, but that’s a screed for another day.) The ‘Building Excitement’ brand’s execution was particularly galling as it was announced just as Chevrolet’s reborn Camaro was rolling into showrooms, nixing any chances of a corresponding fifth generation Firebird and Trans Am.
Thankfully, smaller tuning firms are willing to keep the spirits of The Bandit’s ‘stache and Jim Rockford’s J-turns alive for a new generation of muscle car buffs by outfitting Chevy’s reanimated pony car with styling cues worthy of Ye Olde Screaming Chicken. Of course, the badges and nomenclature are absent for legal reasons (We’ll leave the implications of GM’s current quasi-nationalized state on the possibilities of suing cottage industry to the imagination.), but one look at such creations and you’ll reflexively begin whistling “East Bound and Down” in no time. The newest such tribute comes out of the shops of Classic Design Concepts, and is called the FireBreather.
Aside from the easy-to-spot twin nostril grille, quad headlamps, shaker hood and substantially revised rear fascia, the FireBreather’s arsenal also includes 599hp courtesy of an Edelbrock supercharger, cold air intake and cat-back exhaust system fitted to the Camaro SS’s 6.2L V8, 20-inch alloy wheels, Eibach lowering springs and anti-roll bars, and unique “tattoos” on the exterior and the heavily redecorated interior that integrate each FireBreather’s serial number into the design.
But perhaps the coolest extra the FireBreather will ship with is an invitation to the premiere of the movie Jinn which is, like the FireBreather itself, the brainchild of Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. In fact, the FireBreather will be the car of choice for the film’s hero, played by Ray Park. Only 50 of these black beauties will be produced, and at a fairly reasonable $60,000 a pop, it might be a good idea to get in touch with the sales department sooner rather than later if you’re interested.