Even though the Firebird wasn’t the first pony or muscle car or the best-selling model of them all, it is one of the most important fire-breathing machines to ever come out of Detroit. Despite the facts a new model hasn’t been released since 2002 and that Pontiac is gone as a brand, Firebird and Trans Am models are still respected and sought-after names in the muscle car world.
So, what made the Firebird and Trans Am so respected and universally loved? Simple, the combination of fantastic looks, powerful engines, cool styling, and ferocious street-racing reputations. So here’s a list of the 25 best Firebirds Pontiac ever produced.
1967 Pontiac Firebird
The new Pontiac debuted in February 1967, and immediately, it became one of the top muscle cars in its class. Pontiac equipped the ’67 Firebird with lots of options and five engine options: two inline sixes and three V8s. Buyers could get a coupe or a convertible, and there was the choice of an automatic or manual transmission.
Interestingly, the Pontiac came with a slightly higher price tag than the Chevrolet. However, the Firebird offered a few more options, which put it a bit above the Camaro on the market. The first-year sales figure of 82,000 Firebirds was less than the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. But, it was still respectable in contrast to the Plymouth Barracuda or other similar models.