1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula


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”.


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


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.



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.


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


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. nutsfortreasure says:

    LOVE IT!

  2. 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.

  3. 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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