The Firebird was the halo sports car for the Pontiac division of General Motors from 1967 and 2002. During the Pontiac Firebird’s lifetime it shared the same platform and many components as the Chevrolet Camero. Both were introduced for the 1967 model year. These cars were marketed in the pony car space and face competition from the newly introduced 1967 Mercury Cougar as well as established pony cars such as the 1964 1/2-1973 Ford Mustang and the 1964-1967 Plymouth Barracuda.
1967 Pontiac Firebird
The new Firebird featured a Coke bottle styling, which was popular in car design at the time. The front and rear bumpers were integrated into the body design. The Firebird had rear “slit” taillights which were inspired by the Pontiac GTO. The initial Firebird was offered as a two-door hardtop and a convertible.
The base model Firebird came standard with an OHC inline-6 engine and a single-barrel carburetor. The mid-level Sprint model had a four-barrel carburetor and was capable of developing 215 horsepower. Most Firebirds were equipped with the optional V8 engines: the 326 cubic inch with a two-barrel carburetor producing 250 horsepower; the “High Output” option, which was the 326 cubic inch, but with a four-barrel carburetor that producing 285 horsepower; or the Pontiac GTO’s 400 cubic inch 325 horsepower engine.
1968 Pontiac Firebird
Changes the Firebird in 1968 included the addition of Federally mandated side marker lights, front blinker lights were made larger and extended to the front edges of the car, and Pontiac arrowhead logos were added to rear side of the vehicle. Additionally, the front door vent-windows were replaced with a single pane of glass.
A “Ram Air” option was added for 1968. The option included functional hood scoops, higher flow heads, stronger valve springs, and a different camshaft. Power for the Ram Air package was the same as the conventional 400 cubic inch engine,. But the Ram Air engine peaked at a higher RPM. The 230 cubic inch engine was replaced by 250 cubic inch with a single-barrel carburetor and developing 175 horsepower. The 250 cubic inch engine was available with a four-barrel carburetor and produced 215 horsepower. The 326 cubic inch engine was replaced by a 350 cubic inch engine. A high-output version of the 350, with a revised cam, produced 320 horsepower.
1969 Pontiac Firebird
For 1969, the Firebird received a major facelift. It featured a new front end design made of an Endura bumper housing the headlights and grilles. On the interior, the instrument panel and steering wheel were revised. The Firebird received GM’s new locking ignition switch/steering wheel and the ignition switch was moved from the dashboard to the steering column.
The “Trans Am Performance and Appearance Package” was also introduced. It was a $725 optional handling package. There was also an additional Ram Air IV option introduced for the 400 cubic inch engine. The high-output 350 engine was revised with a different cam and cylinder heads and changed horsepower to 330.
The 1969 model year run would be extended due to the delayed introduction of an all-new Firebird for the 1970 model year.
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