Pontiac – Firebird over the years

September 6, 2013 Production

Welcome to the PONTIAC HEAVEN ID Guide!

This page covers Firebirds and Ventura IIs

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1967

First year for the Firebird and the only year with vent windows

 

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1968

’68 ‘Birds now had wrap around park lamps to meet federal mandates and Pontiac arrow side marker lights on 1/4 panels.  (400 model shown)

 

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1969

       

FFirst year of the Trans Am (right), last year of Firebird 400

 

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1970

 

tFormula 400(shown) replaces Firebird 400 and gets gets its own twin scooped fiberglass hood (this hood would be used through 1975)

Firebird interior for 1970.  Note- separate headrests is a ’70 exclusive

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1971

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11970 and 1971 use the same grilles.  One unique feature to all 1971 Firebirds ( except Trans Am ) was the rectangualr air extractor at the center rear of the front fender.  This was used for one years only.   Also, this was the first year for the 455 in the Firebird, available in the Formula and standard in Trans Am.

 

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1972

All ’72 ‘Birds had “stretched” Honeycomb grille pattern, last year for T/A stripe style and standard round port, top of the line 455HO engine

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Ventura II

Ventura II introduced as the new entry level Pontiac, replacing the T-37.  Based on the chev Nova, this model was a “generic” body and Olds and Buick would also get their own version. Most were powered by either chev 230 6cyl or 307 8cyl engines.  Never before had GM made the 4 main divisions share an almost identical car, the beginning of what was to come as most GM cars within 10 years would be “generic” or as they call it “Corporate”.  Few parts, even sheetmetal, were unique to Pontiac.  Some Venturas came equipped with the 350 Pontiac engine.

 

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Here is a ’72 Ventura II with the very rare sun roof option

also 71 and 72 tail lights are the same

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1973 

All Firebirds this year had large egg crate style silver grilles (Trans Ams were black) 

          

Trans Am below

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1974

Base Firebird

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Firebird Formula

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Trans Am

74 ta front.jpg (66870 bytes)  74 ta rear.jpg (62014 bytes)

 

This was the last year of the small rear window.  ’70-4 left, ’75-’81 right below

                         

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1975

 

Trans Am (above) and Formula (below) both shown in Admirilty blue

AAll ‘birds for ’75 had park lamps moved to in the grilles.  First year for the larger, wrap around rear window, HEI ignitions and cat converters. 

 

 

 

 

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1976

Base Firebird

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Formula shown below with newly offered Appearance package

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Trans Am

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This This is the last year for the 455 engine

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1977

Special Edition “Black Bird” 

    

Trans Am

              

 

 

TThe Phoenix, new for ’77,  was a high end version of the Ventura

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1978

Trans Am Special Edition

For 1978, the special Edition Trans Am went to a Gold color for most of the year. Paint fading problems forced Pontiac to switch back to Black for SEs late in the year.

             

Trans Am

1978 was the first year that the WS-6 package was available on Trans Am only

Firebird Formula

               

 

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1979

Base model below

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 Formula in Atlantis blue with appearance package and WS-6 wheels

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Trans Am 10th silver anniversary edition

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Trans Am After 5 years of increasing sales, Trans Am sales peaked in 1979.  This was also the first year that the WS-6 package was available on the Formula

 

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1980

Pontiac paced the Indy 500 this year

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Turbo 301 Formula w/WS-6 handling package

 

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1981

 

            

Pontiac bowed out of the V-8 engine this year and paced the Daytona 500 with this special Pace Car above with 301 Turbo engine (All Turbo cars had their own hood without Shaker).

Standard power for ’81 Trans Ams was the same as in ’80. 4bbl 301 (used the standard “Shaker” hood assy)

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1981 is the only year that uses the Firebird emblem on the rear gas filler

Base Firebird and Esprit tail lights shown below

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Base Firebird

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’81 deluxe int is unique with vertical pattern cloth

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Dash on Esprit with delux st wheel

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