A Different Kind of Bird
It’s almost Thanksgiving! Even though we have another week to prepare for the festivities, we’re starting now: the turkeys have been ordered, we are dreaming of pumpkin pies, and bread is being torn into little pieces for the perfect stuffing. It’s a day devoted to giving thanks for all we are grateful for as much as it is devoted to the perfectly prepared bird-the turkey, of course!
At the same time, though, we’re giving thanks for a different type of bird, the Pontiac Firebird.
It all began in 1967, the same time as Chevrolet introduced the Camaro, when Pontiac made the first Firebird, in Ohio. Its structure was based on the Camaro, though the taillights were akin to the GTO. The 6 cylinder, 3.8-liter engine lent the car 165hp, which could be increased with the help of a four-barrel carburetor, rather than its standard one-barrel carburetor.
The Firebird Trans Am (pictured above) came along in the second generation of Firebirds. It featured a 455 cu. in. engine, which some say made the Firebird Trans Am the last high-performance engine of the original muscle car generation, though only 7,100 were produced with this engine.
The fourth generation saw the end of the Firebird, for which production stopped in 2002. However, they used all-aluminum 5.7L engines which produced 305hp, nearly doubling the original horse power.