10. 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
After 11 years of production of the second generation of GM’s F-body, the Pontiac Firebird got a fresh redesign for the 1982 model year. The new model was more advanced and aerodynamic with improvements in suspension and handling. The hottest version was the Trans Am with a 305 V8 with 165 HP. In most aspects, Firebirds were mechanically identical to third-generation Camaros.
They shared almost all engines and drivetrain components. However, they improved the design with one of the signature details of the decade: pop up headlights. They made the Firebird look better than the Camaro with its aggressive design and aero details. The hottest version of the 1982 Firebird was the Trans Am with the same engine as the Z/28 Camaro. However, the Trans Am handled better thanks to Pontiac’s suspension improvements.