Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Pontiac Firebird
25 January 2017
The Pontiac Firebird was built by Pontiac in 1967 in line with the release of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. It was available with a choice of six or eight cylinder engines and used a similar chassis to the Camaro. The pony car was built from 1967 to 2001 and although it shared a great deal with the Camaro, it forged its own path within the community over the years.
The pony was initially available in coupe and convertible models with several different engines such as the 3.8 litre (230 Ci) inline 6, and two V8 engines 5.3 litre (326 Ci) plus 6.6 litre (400 Ci) with the option of Ram-Air. That said, there was also a wide variety of other additional options available which meant very few Firebirds were the same and buyers could own a unique sports car.
The Firebird was made famous for appearing in the film Smokey and the Bandit, although the movie used a 1966 model with new decals and a 1977 front end. The model became so famous that very little was updated on it over the following years. The Firebird was also used in the TV show Knight Rider, although these later models were less liked by the public and its popularity began to wane in the late 80s. The last Firebird was produced in 2002 where a black and gold anniversary edition with the Firebird decal was released to celebrate fifty years of vehicle production for Pontiac.
2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the pony cars release onto the market in 1967. It was an iconic vehicle for its time and has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity due to the pop culture legacy of Smokey and the Bandit.
If you’ve got a gorgeous Trans Am you want to show off to celebrate 50 years since its production, then post up your pics and send us your stories!
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