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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.
Is It a Car or a Truck?
During the heyday of automobile manufacturing in the United States, the”Big Three” of American automobile manufacturing endeavored to offer something for everyone. Engendering brand loyalty was a big part of their marketing strategy, and these companies didn’t want to lose customers because a competitor was offering a type of vehicle that they were not. Ford and General Motors were more inclined than Chrysler to engage in this tit for tat, and General Motors usually had the edge because they would often times design a competing vehicle from more than one of their divisions. For example, after the stunning success that Ford had with the Mustang, General Motors countered with the Chevy Camaro as well as the Pontiac Firebird.
Motorama: GM Showstoppers before the North American Auto Shows
Before the prestigious Detroit Auto Shows took over the Cobo Hall in 1965, General Motors took their favorite cars and prototypes on the road with the Motorama tour. The car show debuted in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, but as years passed, the cars headed from New York to faraway places like Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The idea behind the Motorama was to show off the best and shiniest choices coming out of Detroit.
The 1968 Firebird was just the second entry in Pontiac’s pony car line. Begun in 1967, the Firebird models have been popular with buyers and collectors for decades for their good looks, classic styling, performance-oriented features, and option packages, like the Trans Am. Sharing its platform with the Chevy Camaro, the Firebird at its introduction competed with the Mercury Cougar, and of course the pony car that started it all, the Ford Mustang.
For people who own or restore the classic muscle car, the Pontiac Firebird, finding resources and parts along the way can be tricky. Eckler’s Firebird prides itself on providing quality Firebird parts for 1962- 2002 model years at affordable prices. Their exclusive focus on the Firebird makes this company a great resource for anyone with questions or in need of seemingly obscure Firebird parts. Whether you are looking for Officially Licensed General Motors Restoration Firebird Parts or brand name Firebird parts from other manufacturers, Eckler’s Firebird is a one-stop shop for all things Firebird related.
Many believe that era of the pony car began with the introduction of the Ford Mustang, and of course the Mustang did inspire the term that was coined by the editor of Car Life magazine back then, Dennis Shattuck. Its stunning popularity also catapulted the concept into the public consciousness, so it can be said that the Mustang was the most important of the cars that went on to be considered pony cars. But it was not the first. The Mustang was offered to the public on April Fool’s Day in 1964, but the Plymouth Barracuda, which is also considered to be a pony car, was released a couple of weeks prior to the Mustang.