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1970-1981 PONTIAC FIREBIRD
With the popularity of the Firebirds growing each year, Pontiac made a drastic change in design in 1970.  A sleeker front end, and available with a lot more power.  The 455 and 455 SD (super duty) were now available in early model Trans Ams, packing a ton of torque, as all Pontiac motors did.  Many different engine combinations and interior/exterior color combinations were available, making your Firebird unique.  In 1978, a motion picture "Smokey and the Bandit" came out in theaters forever etching the Firebird Trans Am as one of the greatest muscle cars.  Sales after the movie rose to a record high 200,000+ in 1979.  As the gas crisis started to rise, the larger displacement engines were dropped in favor of more fuel efficient engines.  But Pontiac wasn't going to let small displacement engines ruin performance.  In 1980, Pontiac revealed a Turbo Trans Am, which included a Garret Turbocharger on a 301 cubic inch Pontiac engine, which offered favorable fuel economy and power.

 

PONTIAC FIREBIRD PRODUCTION NUMBERS (1970-1981)
YEAR BASE ESPRIT FORMULA TRANS AM TOTAL
1970 37,835 0 7,708 3,196 48,739
1971 23,021 20,185 7,802 3,196 53,124
1972 12,000 11,415 5,250 1,286 29,951
1973 14,096 17,249 10,166 4,802 46,313
1974 26,372 22,583 14,519 10,255 73,729
1975 22,293 20,826 13,670 27,274 84,063
1976 21,209 22,252 20,613 46,701 110,775
1977 30,642 34,548 21,801 68,745 155,736
1978 32,672 36,926 24,346 93,341 197,285
1979 38,642 30,853 24,850 117,109 211,454
1980 29,811 17,277 9,356 50,896 107,340
1981 20,542 10,939 5,926 33,492 70,889
TOTAL 309,135 245,053 166,007 460,293 1,180,488

 

Production stats, facts and notes
Total 2nd Gen Firebird Production 1,180,488 cars
Lowest production year 1972
Highest production year 1979
Lowest production model type Formula
Highest production model type Trans Am

The above information is deemed correct, but not guaranteed.

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