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The Pontiac is an automobile which was built by the division of General Motors 1967 and 2002. The Firebird was the same year as the automaker’s model, the Chevrolet Camaro. coincided with the release of the Mercury Cougar. which its platform with another car. the Ford Mustang .

The were powered by various six-cylinder, and V8 engines sourced several GM divisions. While Pontiac-powered until 1977, were built with different engines from every GM division until when GM began to discontinue it felt were unneeded and spread successful designs individual divisions among all or use new engines of corporate architecture. [ 1 ]

First generation (1967–1969) [ ]


51.5 in (1,308 mm) [ 2 ]

The first generation Firebirds had a Coke bottle styling. its cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro, its were integrated into the of the front end and its rear slit were inspired by the Pontiac Both a two-door hardtop and a were offered through the model year.

Originally the car was a prize for Pontiac, who had initially to produce a two-seat sports car of its own based on the original Banshee car. However, GM feared a vehicle would directly with Chevrolet’s Corvette. and the was made to give Pontiac a of the pony car market by having share the F-body platform Chevrolet .

The base model Firebird equipped with the OHC inline-6 and a carburetor. The next model, the had a four-barrel carburetor, developing 215 hp kW). Most buyers for one of the V8 engines: the 326 CID (5.3 L) with a carburetor producing 250 hp (186 the H.O. (High Output) of the same displacement, but with a carburetor and producing 285 hp (213 or the 400 CID (6.6 L) from the GTO with 325 hp kW).

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A Ram Air option was also in 1968, providing functional scoops, higher flow with stronger valve and a different camshaft. Power for the Ram Air was the same as the conventional 400 H.O. but the peaked at a higher RPM. The 230 CID L) engines were subsequently by 250 CID (4.1 L) ones, the first 175 hp (130 kW) using a single-barrel and the other 215 hp (160 kW) with a carburetor. Also for the 1968 the 326 CID (5.3 L) engine was replaced by one a displacement of 350 CID (5.7 L).

An H.O. version of the 350 CID with a cam was also offered starting in year, developed 320 hp (240 Power output of the other was increased marginally. In 1969, a optional handling package the Trans Am Performance and Appearance named after the Trans Am which included a rear was introduced. Of these first Ams, only 689 hardtops and convertibles were made. was an additional Ram Air IV option for the 400 CID engine that year, complementing the Ram Air these generated 345 and 335 hp (250 kW)

The 350 H.O. engine was revised with a different cam and cylinder resulting in 330 hp (250 kW). 1969 a special 303 cu in (5.0 L) was designed for SCCA road applications that was not available in cars. [ 3 ]

The styling difference the 1967 to the 1968 model was the of Federally mandated side lights: for the front of the car, the signals were made and extended to wrap around the edges of the car, and on the rear, the (V-shaped) Arrowhead logo was to each side. The front vent-windows were replaced a single pane of glass. The model received a major with a new front end design but its big brother the GTO, it did not have the bumper. The instrument panel and wheel were revised.

The ignition switch was moved the dashboard to the steering column the introduction of GM’s new locking switch/steering wheel.

Due to engineering that delayed the introduction of the 1970 Firebird beyond the fall debut, Pontiac production of 1969 model into the early months of the model year (the 1970 Pontiac models had introduced on September 18, 1969). By spring of 1969, Pontiac had all model-year references on Firebird and promotional materials, anticipating the production run of the then-current 1969

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