1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula

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Steve just recently acquired this sportster and has been beaming ever since.

The Pontiac Firebird was first introduced in 1967, the same year as the automaker’s platform-sharing model, the Chevrolet Camaro.  It was born to face-off against the original American sport coupe, the Ford Mustang and was introduced with the marketing slogan, ”The beginning of tomorrow”.

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Options for ’71 included a rear console and rechargeable flashlight(!) No other domestic car offered a cassette tape player prior to the ‘71 Firebird.

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The second generation Firebird (1970 –81) was considered a beauty in it’s day; a muscle car with styling that looked as if it had been designed in Italy.

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The Firebird achieved movie star status thanks to the 1977 Firebird Trans Am SE (the black and gold edition) that was featured in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

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But after flagging sales, Pontiac pulled the plug on the Firebird after the 2002 model year.

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Steve has been missing since I took this photo last week, but was last spotted heading south on I95, with a “Smokey” hot on his tail.  Good luck Steve.

All photos iPhone 5, Snapseed

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5 Responses to 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula

  1. Ah, the days of muscle cars ! I was a Mopar man, and would trash talk Ford & Chevy. However, each of the Big 3 had awesome high performance cars back in the late sixties and early seventies. The firebird is among them, for sure. Burning rubber never smelled so good.

    • Ed Spadoni says:

      I started as a Mopar guy then went Chevy and then Ford. So I’ve been around the horn so to speak. Those were the days when you could actually work on a car yourself, without being a computer tech and needing an advanced degree. Life was simpler then. Thanks Michael.

  2. Rodney says:

    Great photos Ed. And what a car! Sad they discontinued it and Pontiac in general. The world continues to turn though. Who is Steve? I hope those smokeys don’t catch him like they did Burt!
    Does the backdrop of the first photo have a miniature effect or is it just the blur that makes it look that way? I like it either way!

    • Ed Spadoni says:

      Steve is a co-worker and our resident IT expert. Yes, I did blur the background as I felt it was too busy as is. Maybe I should have used a vignette? Thanks Rodney.

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