HowStuffWorks “1967, 1968, 1969 Pontiac Firebird”

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General Motors may be the biggest automaker, but it’s had limits. That was true in the carefree ’60s, when GM owned the market. Take the Pontiac Firebird. Had division John DeLorean gotten his it would have been a sports car called Banshee, a sister to the Chevy Corvette.

But GM was hard-pressed to support one sports let alone two, and Banshee test well with the So DeLorean settled for a Pontiacized of Chevy’s four-seat Camaro which was hardly bad.

stemmed from the Panther or program that aimed at a Ford Mustang-fighter to replace the Monza as Chevy’s mainstream compact. Pontiac was aware of the all along, and asked to be cut in once vetoed DeLorean’s two-seater. was a good name choice, power, beauty, and youth in Indian mythology and recalling gas-turbine experimentals of the late and early ’60s.

Pontiac engineer Bill later stated that the Firebird was just kind of from Chevrolet. The. had all the Chevrolet sheetmetal and all the same hardware except for the grille and Even so, those elements split-theme grille, slot — were distinctly thus differentiating Firebird Camaro to a surprising degree.

Moreover, Pontiac’s pony from some engineering learned too late to affect Camaros, which went on some five months Firebird’s February 1967 The most notable were set further back for better weight balance, and standard traction bars to minimize windup under hard

Pontiac Firebird

Another distinction involved Where Camaro achieved models through options, arrived with five offerings keyed to engines. was available in Camaro’s convertible and coupe body styles. The Firebird carried Pontiac’s 165-bhp 230-cid overhead-cam Next came the Sprint, 215-bhp ohc six, floor and road hugging suspension.

One step up was the V-8 Firebird 326, as a family sportster. 250 lively on regular gas (and two-barrel

A further notch up was the Firebird boasting a four-barrel 326 that said made it a 285-hp heavyweight. Topping the line was the 400 with 325 bhp and available Ram Air induction. Of no Firebird wanted for options, were expected in ponycars, plenty for both show and go everything from extra and front-disc brakes to short ratios and full-house power

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