– Pontiac Firebird – History

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Pontiac Firebird

Introduction: The second generation saw the Firebird becoming more a Camaro, but Pontiac still had a few tricks up its sleeve, especially the hood. Nothing would the mid 1970s quite like the

1970 Pontiac Firebird

An all new Pontiac Firebird was introduced for and represented a new high for Pontiac The front bumper and grille molded out of Endura rubber and painted the same color as the car to it a bumperless appearance. The sides rounded full wheel cut without any extra trim Camaro had more squared off cut outs).

The suspension was revised and a stabilizer bar was added. The Firebird was reduced from six to four, and the was eliminated. At the bottom of the line up was the Firebird, whose Pontiac 250 I6 was by a Chevy built 250 I6 rated at a 155bhp.

Most buyers opted for one of the optional V8s. up was the Espirit, which featured the 350 V8 rated at 255 bhp. The Formula 400 a unique twin-scooped hood a 400 V8 rated at 335 bhp. At the top was the Trans Am, was fitted with air dams the bottom of the front and in front of the A large decklip lip and small in front of the rear wheels the package.

These aero were claimed to generate 50 of downforce on the front and rear of the car at speeds. Trans Ams also a rear facing shaker scope to feed the standard Ram Air II Optional on the Trans Am was the Ram Air IV engine, output had increased to 370 bhp due to bigger better heads, swirl-polished and an aluminum instake manifold. 88 copies were made.

Rarer still was the Ram Air V, an over-the-counter, order engine that solid lifters and tunnel heads and made up to 500 bhp. A speed Hurst shifter was but a three speed Turbo automatic was available. Inside, instrumentation, including a tach on its side to red line at 12 o’clock like a race car, the performance image.

The Trans Am one of the best tuned suspensions of any car the Corvette) and its European styling it instant class. The Trans Am was now in either Polar White or Blue, with contrasting a relatively modest bird at the tip of the nose, and the words Trans Am the rear spoiler.

Production: 400: 7,708 Trans Am:

Engines: 250 I6 155 bhp. 350 V8 255 bhp. 400 V8 265 400 V8 330 bhp @ 4800rpm, 430 lb-ft @ 3000 400 V8 (HO) 335 bhp @ 5000rpm, 430 lb-ft @ rpm.

400 V8 (Ram Air II) 345 bhp @ 5000 430 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm. 400 V8 Air IV) 370 bhp @ 5500 rpm, 445 lb-ft @ rpm. 400 V8 (Ram Air V) 500bhp.

400/370 (RA IV): 0-60 in 5.6 1/4 mile in 13.9 sec @ 102 mph.

Pontiac Firebird

Comments: saw little styling change for the Firebird, with the addition of bucket seats being the appearance change. Rather, the changes were under the In order to satisfy General decree that all engines had to run on gasoline to meet federal standards, the engine options significantly altered.

A new 400 V8 rated at 300 bhp was added, but both 400 Ram Air were dropped. In their were two new 455 V8s, rated at 325 bhp and 335 The 455 HO engine was only available in the Am and borrowed the cylinder heads the 1970 Ram Air II and the intake manifold the 1970 Ram Air IV. The Trans Am continued its blue and white paint functional rear facing shaker hood scoops, and body pieces.

Although the 455 available in the Trans Am were powerful than the 1970 Ram Air II and IV their 480 lb-ft of torque and tempermental nature made easier to drive on the street and one of the high points in a time performance was on the decline.

Production: 7,802 Trans Am: 2,116

400 V8 300 bhp @ 4800rpm, 400 lb-ft @ 3600 455 V8 325 bhp @ 4400 rpm, 455 lb-ft @ rpm. 455 V8 (HO) 335 bhp @ 4800 480 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.

455/335 (HO): 0-60 in 5.9 1/4 mile in 13.9 sec @ 103 mph.

Pontiac Firebird

Comments: was a disasterous year for the Firebird. GM considered dropping the Firebird as sales fell drastically as the car market collapsed, which was by a crippling 174 day strike at the only that produced Firebirds. executives were able to save the Firebird and it continued, very little change 1971, except that its were now rated in net SAE numbers.

Pontiac’s famous honeycomb also made their appearance in 1972.

Production: 5,249 Trans Am: 1,286

400 V8 250 bhp @ 4400rpm, 325 lb-ft @ 3200 455 V8 300 bhp @ 4000 rpm, 415 lb-ft @ rpm.

Performance: N/A

1973 Firebird

Comments: 1973 saw significant new changes to the Firebird, a new eggcrate grille and a revised bumper. Engine ratings down again, with the 350 at a mere 150 bhp and the 400 at 250 bhp. But two things save the Firebird and firmly Pontiac as the performance manufacturer the dark days of the 1970s. The was the introduction of a new Super Duty 455 V8

Super Duty was the name used on its high performance race ready) engines in the 1960’s, and the Super Duty 455 was a legal race prepped All SD-455’s were hand and had a reinforced block, special cam aluminum pistons, oversize and header-like exhaust manifolds. rated the SD-455 engines at a 310 bhp and 390 lb-ft, but experts agreed it was closer to 370 bhp.

This of engine ratings were of in an era when other manufacturer’s output were falling and the Firebird became the only performance car remaining in the market. Super Duty engines expensive and therefore rare; 252 Trans Am’s and 43 Formula received the SD-455 engine.

The major coup for the Firebird was the of a new Firebird decal on the Trans Am, covered almost the entire and was quickly nick-named the screaming which added to the excitement and of the entire Firebird lineup. of the Firebird and Trans Am were up ensuring their survival.

Production: Formula: 10,166 Am: 4,802

Engines: 350 V8 150 bhp. 400 V8 230 bhp @ 325 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm. 455 V8 250 bhp @ rpm, 370 lb-ft @ 2800 455 (SD) V8 310 bhp @ 4000 rpm, 390 @ 3600 rpm.

Performance: N/A

Pontiac Firebird

Comments: was a difficult year for the Firebird. was the Endura bumper, replaced by Federally mandated, fiberglass end with a slight wedge and rubber covered 5 mph bumpers. The rear bumper was also replaced by those pesky bumpers.

Engine ratings again with the Trans base 400 V8 engine rated at 225 But for a mere $57, buyers order the 250 bhp 455 V8, which received a 10 boost to 380 lb-ft, but which only with an automatic The mighty Super Duty 455 V8 was available for an additional $578 and unchanged from the year All V8s included true dual which made their appearance on the Firebird.

Also for the last time on the 1974 were the Muncie 4-speed transmission and the TurboHydramatic 400 automatic The lower output of the 1975 would make those transmissions unnecessary. This also be the last year of the Duty engines.

Production: Trans Am: 10,255 Super 455: 943

Engines: 350 V8 155bhp. 400 V8 225 bhp @ rpm, 330 lb-ft @ 2800 455 V8 250 bhp @ 4000 rpm, 380 lb-ft @ rpm. 455 (SD) V8 310 bhp @ 4000 390 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.

Performance: SD455/310: 1/4 mile in seconds @ 104 mph

1975 Pontiac

Formula: Trans Am: 27,274

350 V8 155bhp. 400 V8 185 bhp, 310 lb-ft. 455 V8 200 bhp @ rpm, 330 lb-ft @ 2000 455 (HO) V8 200 bhp.

Performance: 1/4 mile in 16.1 seconds @ 89 mph

350 V8 155bhp. 400 V8 185 bhp, 310 lb-ft. 455 V8 200 bhp @ 3800 rpm, 330 lb-ft @ rpm.


1977 Pontiac

Comments: 1977 saw a new Batmobile end with quad square and ever more complex choices. The Chevy inline six was for a Buick 231 cubic inch liter) V6 as the base engine. A new 301 liter) V8 rated at just 135 bhp was in Esprits and Formulas, with the 350 was optional.

Trans Am’s either a Oldsmobile 403 (6.6 V8 or the Pontiac 400 (T/A 6.6) under their shaker Meanwhile, Firebirds sold in had to make due with Chevy 305 and 350 V8s to the state’s strict emission But 1977 would the year firmly established the Firebird as the car of the 1970s.

Burt Reynolds a Black-and-Gold Special Edition Am in the unexpected movie hit Smokey and the that drove the Firebird’s (and sales) to new heights.

Total: 155,736 (Trans Am:

Engines: 231 V6 105 bhp. 301 V8 135 bhp. 305 V8 350 V8 (California). 350 V8 155bhp. 400 V8 185 bhp, 310 403 V8.

Performance: 400/185: 1/4 mile in sec. @ 89.64 mph.

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Comments: to capitalize on its new found popularity, offered a slew of Special Firebirds including a Gold Am with brown accents and Sky Bird and Red Red Bird Firebirds. soared to a record 187,285 including 93,341 Trans

Production: Total: 187,285 Am: 93,641)

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