Comments - Pony Car Icons, Part 6: Pontiac Firebird

Published: Jun 03, 2012
Description: The Pontiac Firebird was essentially GM's answer to the Mercury Cougar; at first, anyway. Later models would have nothing to fear from the Cougar. The car debuted in 1967, and shared a platform w...
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Mark A. Young Jun 04, 2012
The firebird has always looked way better than the camaro to me.
Chaz Gill Jun 03, 2012
Firebird has always been my favorite.
Bruce-Almighty Tumblin Jun 03, 2012
Yea I like the firebird
Taylor Little Jun 03, 2012
4th favorite pony car.
Description: It never became a luxury car and it was never offered without a V8. The first generation of the car had as classic pony car styling as has ever existed. This in spite of the fact that a pony car was n...
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Chaz Neal Jun 04, 2012
Yes fireturds 6 cylinders trans am's of later years v8 's oh some had 301's in them
Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
Fireturds, thats where the 6 was. The 69 had a option of ram air, which camaro did not. Always wanted one of those puppies
Mitchell Bell Jun 04, 2012
Some how I remember there being v6 firebirds.
Abraham Mendoza Jun 03, 2012
No he was on drugs, so GM shut him down.
Bull Dogone Jun 03, 2012
Should have just mentioned Banshee. It would have killed the Corvette. John DeLorean knew what he was doing but GM shut him down.
Isaac Rezkalla Jun 03, 2012
A 73 grand am imo is better
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
I love the 67 firebird but not in pink!
Cho Dan Jun 03, 2012
Yellow Pantera, Nice!
Description: This is because the Firebird was seen as slightly more upscale, and buyers heavily favored the V8's. Like other pony cars in this era, the Firebird underwent a number of changes during its first ...
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Clint Edwards Jun 03, 2012
Was also a race series
Jerrod Swenson Jun 03, 2012
In 1970 the name Trans Am was also a performance package by Dodge, labeled as a T/A on the car.
Jesse Demasi Jun 03, 2012
I drove a 69 trans am convertible once and it felt amazing
Description: This first generation lasted only until the 1969 model year, but due to problems with the rollout of the 1970 Firebird, 1969 Firebirds continued to be sold into the early part of 1970. The 1970 redesi...
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Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
Second gen was the best looking, just really lacked in stock hp. Nowadays, they make the best cruisers!
Bull Dogone Jun 03, 2012
You should have spent more time on the 2nd Gen. Here was where the monster 455 HO and 455 SD were born that made the Trans Am a legend.
Abraham Mendoza Jun 03, 2012
A lovely car right there.
Description: This continued on into the third generation of the car, most notably on the show Knight Rider, but it is the second-gen Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit that is the most classic of all Firebirds. I...
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Devin Babyn Jun 03, 2012
Me and my buddy's just call the car itself a fire chicken
Chris Bridgers Jun 03, 2012
I hated it, just doesnt scream awesome to me. But to each there own.
Description: To their credit, Pontiac put a huge amount of effort into chassis design and weight saving, and in the end, performance didn't suffer. In fact, it was during this generation that the fasted Trans...
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Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
Lol, can't top punting puppies!
Tom Wilson Jun 04, 2012
Way to screw that up. Grand national owners all over and now punting puppy's. Hope your happy
Phillip Holbrook Jun 03, 2012
There are two listed on Cars.com for about 100k if anyone is interested.
Phillip Holbrook Jun 03, 2012
Have I mentioned these guys need an editor? Primarily one who can research car facts before press time.
Phillip Holbrook Jun 03, 2012
Thank you Brent for being the first person to get their muscle car history correct. Oldsmobile never had a turbo charged six in history, they were famous for the 442. The 3.8 V6 is known by most everyone to be a Buick, and the Regal had the GN.
Brent Bennett Jun 03, 2012
Geeze guys! It was the Buick Regal Grand National!
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
This guy around my area has one of those turbo trans am's he's a nice guy he always waves when I pass by in my trans am
Tegra1 Jun 03, 2012
Oldsmobile Grand National,who is writing for carbuzz a 2 year old.The engine anyways came from the 1987 Buick LeSabre Grand National and this model only lasted a year
Wyatt Clark Jun 05, 2012
Ew the hood tack and hood pins suck!! Otherwise a totally bad ass car!
Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
Hippie chick, pink dress, allllllll mine!
Colton Kreuzer Jun 03, 2012
I agree, the hood tach is sweet! I dig
Dimitry Mikhailovich Malikov Jun 03, 2012
I really like this one!
Craig Lafey Jun 03, 2012
With ya there Chris.
Chris Bridgers Jun 03, 2012
*whipes drool up*
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
Yeah that thing is beautiful my favorite
Bull Dogone Jun 03, 2012
Dig that awesome hood tach, just like the GTO.
Description: Aerodynamics were also a priority in the design of this Firebird, and the car not only performed well, but got surprisingly good fuel economy as well. The Firebird got a facelift in 1991 and a redesig...
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Anthony Miller Jun 03, 2012
My uncle has a 97 trans am convertible ram air candy apple red. It's a beast
Phillip Holbrook Jun 03, 2012
GM used a wind tunnel extensively in the 90's and the C5 Vette, and fourth gen Camaro and Firebird have the lowest CD of any GM vehicle because of it. Top end racers have gotten a modified Trans Am over 200.
Alex Smith Jun 03, 2012
And what brand would it come back as? I doubt it would happen. GM, like every other car company, doesn't want 2 cars in the muscle/pony car class because they would basically compete with each other in today's market.
Michael Horne Jun 03, 2012
I would pay good money to drive a new Firebird. I owned a 2000 and loved it. It wasn't anything special, but it's easily my favorite of all the cars I've owned.
Bull Dogone Jun 03, 2012
The 1982 Firebird set a then record for the lowest COD (coefficient of drag) in a domestically produced automobile. Round dish style caps covered the wheels for a unique look.
Description: There have been some aftermarket attempts at such a car have actually shown what an attractive idea this could be. But it is still an unlikely prospect. Not only because Pontiac is no more, but this a...
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Aaron Crisp Jul 02, 2012
I'm familiar with the newer GTO, only car around my town that has totally whooped my Dodge Stealth RT TT.. Sounds so sexy too!
Cody Fullerton Jun 03, 2012
They're talking about the Trans Am Depot firebirds, which are really cool. They also have a modern GTO that looks fantastic.
Evan Cook Jun 03, 2012
@Aaron I would pay anything for a car like that! That would be awesome. GMC would get an even larger range of customers.
Abraham Mendoza Jun 03, 2012
I wouldn't want them to make another one, cause it would look exactly like a Camaro, at least back then, they tried to make them look different.
Aaron Crisp Jun 03, 2012
GMC Firebird anyone???
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
Yeah I wish they came out with a new firebird trans am it would be sick to see what the trans am evolved into now
Bull Dogone Jun 03, 2012
I like that you took the time to acknowledge the Pontiac Trans Am, which gets little love. But why didn't you add photos from the other generations?
missg5 Jun 03, 2012
i drive a Pontiac Ans i don't like that GM got rid of them. I just don't understand why Chevy and Pontiac had to have the same cars with a different name. jeeze GM. atleast the firebird and camaro look different...
Cole Stovall Aug 14, 2013
That's a Goolsby Tuning Fire Bird. Saw it at a car show once in Nashville.
Alex Long Oct 24, 2012
All about the hood scoops
Joe Fats Harper Jun 04, 2012
I think those hood scoops (or whatever you call them) go out a bit too far for my taste..
Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
The stripe adds to it, nicely done
Ghaith AL-sharari Jun 04, 2012
That's so sick it looks mean
Devin Babyn Jun 03, 2012
Wow I live this. So aggressive and bad ass
Carlton Salmon Jun 03, 2012
That bonnet is nuts...but in a good way!!
Bull Dogone Jun 03, 2012
This is a Firebird Formula.
Kyle Hardisty Jun 03, 2012
one of the best American muscle cars
missg5 Jun 03, 2012
very very sexy car
Justin ChalkChalk Smalyinator Jun 03, 2012
1973 is the best year for them in my opinion.
Justin ChalkChalk Smalyinator Jun 03, 2012
Yes. Finally a hot one.
Michael Horne Jun 03, 2012
Man do I miss t-tops! Shame they can't be had in the current Camaro!
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
Agreed it looks real clean in that red
Patrick Schalk Jun 03, 2012
Not a huge fan of the honeycomb wheels but this is sexy.
Thomas William Tuer-sipos Jun 06, 2012
Haha ahhh okay, well thanks!
Patrick Schalk Jun 05, 2012
Haha this isn't a Thunderbird. And no the wheels aren't stock. I'm guessing nothing else is stock either. Especially the suspension.
Thomas William Tuer-sipos Jun 05, 2012
I don't know thunderbirds so other then the rims is this stock? Or are the rims stock on here too?
Devin Babyn Jun 03, 2012
I feel sorry for you
ProTouringGNX Jun 03, 2012
if this car was white it would look exactly like my boner
Carlton Salmon Jun 03, 2012
Old school with a modern flavour. I'm loving this!!
Tanner Middleton Jun 03, 2012
i can only imagine how awesome this must spound
Craig Lafey Jun 03, 2012
That is badass. I want it.
Tom Mcleod Jun 03, 2012
Bad ass.. Love the air intakes on the top of the hood being so close to the front.. Original.
Orhan Benzo Jun 04, 2012
Lok Look like My bros Car Lol Trans am all the way
Craig Lafey Jun 03, 2012
I saw one of these the other day and it was well maintained. Thinking about getting one soon.,
Taylor Little Jun 04, 2012
I really hate the very front from bumper to headlights.
rahp Jun 03, 2012
I have a black 78.
Kevin Rehbock Jun 03, 2012
This is my favorite by far.
Brandon Scobell Jun 03, 2012
i had a 79 and 85. Both T-top cars
Tom Mcleod Jun 03, 2012
Oops.. I'm a sucker for this year firebird.. Really like it.
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
Shaker hood and screamin chicken!
Jordan Nishida Mar 18, 2013
My dads owns a 1986 trans am in black. It's a badass car
Phil Johnson Jun 04, 2012
My first daily driver back in high school was an 88 GTA. And while it only made a bit under 250hp, it made close to 350lb/ft stock! And yeah, turbo TA pace cars are badass!
Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
Buy the body, drop the motor. For less than 5g you can easily push 400hp form these cars.
rahp Jun 03, 2012
there was a special edition that had the grand national engine in this body ... wish I had bought one of them when I had the chance!
Devin Babyn Jun 03, 2012
Wow that was a pretty horrible thing to say even if it is a joke
Jesse Demasi Jun 03, 2012
I have one of them but it's a GTA and has a first gen small block in it it's a nice car
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
My bro has an 89 GTA we are fixing up its a real nice car!
Brad Wood Jun 03, 2012
Back when a 350 produced a whopping 220HP. Have we ever come a long way.
Phil Johnson Jun 04, 2012
91-92 TA's got an awful face lift
Janak Solanki Jun 04, 2012
Nice. I think they went downhill after this one
Ben August Jun 04, 2012
Ah yes the screaming fire chicken, the national insignia of white trash. I wish they would have caught this in its natural habitat. Of course, taking photos in a trailer park is like documenting the downfall of man...
Devin Babyn Jun 03, 2012
I actually never heard of screaming chicken till I read the article. Always know it as fire chicken
Carlton Salmon Jun 03, 2012
@ Caleb. It is spelt 'Phoenix'.
Carlton Salmon Jun 03, 2012
@ Ryan. Firechicken?! Hahahaha!!
Ryan Douglas Hie Jun 03, 2012
My cousin had this model and colour (without the firechicken on the hood). I coveted that car.
Phil Johnson Jun 04, 2012
Ugliest generation. But the Ram Air cars were kinda cool...
Janak Solanki Jun 04, 2012
I think this is where they lost their cool
Vince DeMasi Jun 03, 2012
Hey that looks like my car but white lol
aidan pierce Jun 08, 2012
these cars hqd great performance specs my dad's put out a ton of torque and horsepower
Greg Lewis Jun 04, 2012
This is what killed ponti.... Er, wait.... The sad attempt at the GTO killed Pontiac. If GM would of retro'd those two cars properly, buick would been axed. The concepts off the new maro are awesome, just a dollar short and a day late
Cody Andree Jun 03, 2012
Ya where's the ws6? And the firehawks? Comon
Patrick Schalk Jun 03, 2012
Let's get a WS6 pic CarBuzz!
Jon Dustin House Jun 04, 2012
Def not a Firehawk. Wrong ram air, spoiler, and the Trans Am logos on the side are still there.
Cody Andree Jun 04, 2012
Firehawk def. Beats this by multiple levels. But it's close. Both awesome vehicles. And both Ls series monsters.
Cody Harris Jun 04, 2012
Its by far the best looking car ever built
Tom Wilson Jun 04, 2012
WS 6 I would love to have you
Cody Andree Jun 03, 2012
There it is. Simply sweet
Paul DeYarman Jun 03, 2012
Owned one back in 2002-2004 then sold it when I headed off to college- I will own it again
Carlton Salmon Jun 03, 2012
The front of this looks pretty damn mean.
Lou Guerrero Jun 03, 2012
Yellow CETA was my favorite TA
Abraham Mendoza Jun 03, 2012
Here we go, I want one of these right here.
Phillip Greene Jun 03, 2012
Hell yeah, love this car
Patrick Schalk Jun 03, 2012
Thanks guys!!! You're awesome.