Pontiac Firebird Classic Car Pictures, Restoration Specs and Retro Modified Ideas Dodge Challenger30 Pontiac Firebird Classic Car Pictures, Restoration Specs and Retro Modified Ideasto 2002, Pontiac Firebird had gone through its fourth generations including some special editions. The most recent versions were the modified Trans Am models manufactured in 2012 as parts of collaboration between Pontiac and Trans Am Depot. Firebird was initially introduced as the competitor of Ford Mustang, but it turned out to be a Pontiac muscle car with a breed of its own. In fact, Pontiac earned its credit for initiating the golden era of muscle car in the U.S.
First Generation (1967–1969)
Although the overall design characteristic of the first generation Pontiac Firebird made resemblance to the Chevrolet Camaro, it featured noticeable differences such as the GTO-inspired taillights and integrated bumpers. After a year of the initial introduction, the company decided to do a little bit of a facelift; the 1968 Pontiac Firebird model had larger turn signals, side marker lights, and the addition of Arrowhead logo to each side of the car. Another major renovation happened again in 1969 when a brand new front end was introduced; revised instrument panel and new locking steering wheel came to existence as well.
Second Generation (1970–1981)
Approaching late 1960s, Pontiac had to deal with major engineering issues but a new Pontiac Firebird finally came out of the factory in February 1970. The leftovers of the 1969 models were still listed in company’s history but without model-year identification. Second generation models were available only in coupe form.
Third Generation (1982–1992)
Another crisis hit Pontiac (and all US car makers for that matter) in early 1980s with the increasing cost of gasoline. Weight reduction and fuel consumption were major considerations in the design department. The GM’s popular F-body, referring to the rear-wheel drive automobile platform, was about to be changed into front-wheel drive system for the third generations Camaro and Firebird, but the idea did not come to reality. While computerized engine and fuel management were still in their early years of development, Pontiac did manage to reduce enough weight for the sake of fuel efficiency. As a result, the third generation Firebird was slightly better in terms of fuel consumption compared to the previous model year. The four-cylinder Firebird runs at 34 miles per gallon.
Fourth Generation (1993 – 2002)
It seemed that the fourth generation ended a long run of Pontiac Firebird Classis, judging from the more streamlined form factor and modernized safety features such as standard dual airbags and anti-lock brakes. Almost all parts of the fourth generation models were new, with few exceptions in the live rear axle and floorpan aft. Non-rusting composite body panels were used in several sections, too.
Post Fourth Generation
Firebird will always be a proud Pontiac Sport car model despite the advent of newer versions with better performance and equipment. Even the older model years are still popular today; a lot of car shops in the U.S. specialize in Pontiac Firebird restoration either with retro modified design or modernized with the use of newer engines. The original Pontiac Firebird Specs reigned supreme in the old days of drag strips and boulevards alike, and any modifications should respect that before anybody made any changes to the configurations