1967 Pontiac Firebird become a symbol of the era and has featured prominently in many movies.

1967 Pontiac Firebird become a symbol of the era and has featured prominently in many movies.

The Pontiac Firebird is an American automobile that was built and produced by Pontiac from the 1967 to 2002 model years. Designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was introduced on February 23, 1967, five months after GM’s Chevrolet division’s platform-sharing Camaro.

This also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Ford’s upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang.

1967 Pontiac Firebird become a symbol of the era and has featured prominently in many movies.

The 1967 Pontiac Firebird has become very much a collector’s car – along with the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro it’s become a symbol of the era and has featured prominently in many movies.

The Firebird has appreciated hugely in value with some cars selling for five times the value that their condition would otherwise suggest.

The 60s was the beginning of the horsepower war. Whilst the base model Pontiac Firebird was designed to be a pony car and rated at 165hp, it didn’t take long before owners were opting or V8s and two barrel carburetors, attaining up to 325hp.

1967 Pontiac Firebird become a symbol of the era and has featured prominently in many movies.

All in all though, the Firebird is still a pleasure to drive. Many had V8s fitted which makes them feel monstrous on the road to this day, whilst also having comparably sleek handling to other muscle cars.

1967 Pontiac Firebird become a symbol of the era and has featured prominently in many movies.

One of the most iconic features was the slit tail-lights, originally used on the Pontiac GTO. The bulk of firebirds were hardtops, although there were some convertibles. The rarest models are part of the Trans Am range of which 689 hardtop models were built and only 8 convertibles.

Pontiac continued to produce Firebirds right up until 2002. Quite an evolution took place between these years, with a new generation being released in 1970 with a sleeker design. This was followed by a more fuel-economical third generation model in 1982 and then a more safer and aerodynamic fourth generation in 1993.

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