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Pontiac Firebird First Generation 1967 to 1969
The first choice for the Pontiac division of GM was a two-seat sports car, but GM was afraid it would hurt Corvette sales. Therefore, the second prize from GM management was the Pontiac Firebird, which would compete with the other pony cars. Pontiac made the Firebird from 1967 until 2002 with built many of the engines. But from the vast array of four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines offered over the years in the Firebird, there are representative engines from all divisions of GM.
The first-generation Firebird had a Coke bottle body style, bumpers integrated into the body and horizontal, slit-style taillights. The car came in two-door hard-top and convertible models only. In 1968, the Firebird’s front signal lights and taillights wrapped around the bumper to create marker lights and signals visible from the side in keeping with new federal safety laws. Also in 1968, the vent or no-draft windows disappeared, replaced by a one-piece front door window.
The 1969 model got two new style chrome bumpers capable of withstanding 5 mph impact without damage, again to conform to new U.S. federal safety laws. Inside the 1969 Firebird, the instrument panel and steering wheel changed; the ignition switch was now on the steering column. Pontiac produced the 1969 Bird well into 1970 since the Pontiac engineers had design and manufacturing problems with the new second-generation models.
The entry-level Firebird came with an inline overhead cam six powered by a one-barrel carburetor. One step up, the Sprint had the same six with a four-barrel producing 215hp (169 kW), but most customers opted for a V8 and the base eight-cylinder engine was a 326-cubic-inch (5.3L) power plant with a two-barrel, which developed 250 hp (186 kW). The next step up was the same engine with a four-barrel producing 285hp (213 kW), this was the H.O. (high output) option. The high-performance engine choice is the 400-cubic-inch (6.6L) V8 producing 325hp (242 kW). With this engine, a Ram Air option was also available that included functional hood scoops, high flow heads with stronger valve springs, and an upgraded camshaft. The Ram Air engine offered the same horsepower but peaked at a higher RPM giving the car more torque.
In 1968, the six-cylinder engine changed to a 250-cubic-inch (4.1L) with the same carburetor options as in ’67. A 350-cubic-inch (5.7L) replaced the starter V8. The H.O. version with the hotter cam developed 320hp (240 kW). The other engines had a marginal increase in horsepower ratings.
The year 1969 saw the introduction of “The Trans Am Performance and Appearance Package.” Included in this package was a rear spoiler, with 689 hard-tops and eight convertibles, so equipped. Also in 1969, there was an additional Ram Air IV engine option for the 400-cubic-inch, developing 345hp, with the older style Ram Air III developing 335hp (250 kW). The 350 H.O. engine got a different cam and cylinder heads giving it a boost to 330hp (250 kW).
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The Bel-Air is the up scale model from Chevrolet in 1957 with the mid range designated the “210” and the entry level model is the “150”. All three price ranges could be ordered as a two door Sport coupe, two door sedan, four door sedan or four door coupe. A convertible model is also available and the “Nomad” station wagon could be ordered in a two or a four door style to meet the full size needs of consumers.The wagon could be an upscale Bel Air, lesser “Townsman”, or the basic 150. The “210” with two doors has an upscale trim model available called the “Delray club coupe” and this is the model that is sought after by many collectors these days.
The ’57 Chevy was at a much dearer sticker price than previous years to pay for the changes made. The car has an all new dash board, sealed cowl, and air ducts concealed in the headlight pods which gives the car distinctive chromed lens; this feature in the newly styled wide grill and the classic fins in the rear to create a balance are part of what makes this such a prized collector’s item. The car is not 15” rims like older model Chevy’s but on 14” rims giving the car a lower profile. The upscale Bel Air has the “V” shaped trim on the tail fins filled with a ribbed aluminium insert gold badging and to distinguish it from the lesser models.
The engine offers are an entry level one barrel carburetor on the 235 cu in (3.85 L) inline “blue flame” six cylinder putting out 140 hp (105 kW). The 265 cu in (4.34 L) “Turbo-Fire” the V8 engine, introduced in 1955, was the first V8 in a Chevy since 1918. The newly introduced 283 cu in (4.64 L) “Turbo-Fire” V8 producing 185 hp (138 kW) with a two barrel or the same engine with “Super Turbo-Fire” equipped with a four barrel and has 220 hp (164 kW) made the car move away from the light quickly but if you needed more it could still be kicked up a notch or two
One of the power engine offers is the 283 equipped with two four barrel carburetor and the Duntov cam with solid lifters putting out 270 hp, (201 kW). The other offer is the same engine equipped with fuel injection is rated at 283 hp (211 kW) but this was a rarely purchased option. The car had three transmissions available from the factory; the “three on the tree” standard with synchromesh into second and third gear only with an optional overdrive feature and a choice of two automatics. The tried and proven two speed “PowerGlide” was the most popular choice by far; the new style turbine “TurboGlide” three speed in an aluminium housing was not a popular choice due to its reliability issues and confusing shift pattern so it was discontinued a few years later. A floor mounted four speed was also available but as a dealer installed option and the very light 1957 Chevrolet walked away with firsts in 49 NASCAR races using this four speed and the 270 hp engine
There are many options available including power brakes, steering, seats, windows, as well as a power antenna for your tube style am radio. The radio had a rear speaker option as well – with a separate dash mounted volume control for “surround sound” effect. A padded dash is an option as is a device bolted to the dash that senses oncoming traffic and dims your headlights. There is an optional electronic clock and air conditioning offered as well as a very unusual item if you chose it - an optional electric razor mounted on the dash board.