The Pontiac Firebird was developed by Firebird, a member of the General Motors family from 1967 to 2002. The Pontiac Firebird is most known for the similarities that it shares with the Chevrolet Camaro, in fact they were both released at the same time. The Firebird was viewed as the cheaper version of the Camaro which attracted more of a demographic that longed for a sports car, but did not have the money to purchase some of the more expensive sports cars. Probably the most popular Pontiac Firebird has a leading role in the Smokey and the Bandit movies in which Burt Reynolds drives them. This made the car a dream car for many young boys during the time. During the time of the release of the Pontiac Firebird, the car was actually considered a consolidation prize for Pontiac, who had hoped to release a two seat sports cars, however GM was afraid that this would be too much competition with the Chevrolet Corvette. However, as it turns out the Pontiac Firebird was a great invention for the auto maker.
Look wise, each generation of the Pontiac Firebird vary greatly with how they looked. The first generation was inspired by the Pontiac GTO in some ways, however, it still had what many people view as the classic Coke bottle styling. During the first generation the looks from year to year changed a little bit, due to the safety standards that were put into place by the government. Plus, this was the generation in which the ignition was moved from the dashboard to the steering column.
The second generation of the Pontiac Firebird was the introduction of a different look, no longer was the Coke bottle styling in place, instead this was the year in which they introduced the looks that became a famous part of movies. This was also the generation in which the most high powered engine that Pontiac has ever put into a car was introduced. The 301 was the biggest engine that the automaker had ever used and was an instant hit with the public.
The third generation took into consideration the cost of fuel since this was a time in which the public suffered through a fuel shortage. Which meant that the weight of these cars was reduced in order to help lessen the amount of gas that the car used. The third generation was from 1982 until 1992. The similarities between the Camaro and the Firebird were most seen during this time in which many people found it hard to tell the difference.
The fourth generation of the Firebird was from 1993 to 2002, and this was the time in which the modern Firebird was put into the world. This generation also marked the 25th anniversary of the car in the automotive world. Over the years, the looks of the Firebird has changed greatly, however, the one common theme is that they have always been considered a great sports car to own. For those that wish to find more information on the Pontiac Firebird, visit oldoppos.us, where you can find car specifications and other information.