Chan said he liked the way they feel. Instruments and controls are placed correctly, with no distractions. In acceleration runs at our usual track, Chrysler proving grounds in Chelsea, all three cars had gone comfortably above the century mark in the quarter-mile test. Archived from on July 21, 2015. Local hero Scott Kalitta yes, that Kalitta—his father is drag-racing pioneer Connie joined us for the drag strip component. V8 1974 455 cu in 7.
In 1994, the Firehawk package was expanded to include options for a suspension upgrade as well as a larger-diameter exhaust system that could boost power to 315 hp. With so few miles, you know the upholstery is in excellent condition and thanks to careful use over the years, it shows almost no signs of wear in the usual spots on the outer bolsters. The course, which can be set up in any large parking lot, consists of a diabolical collection of increasing- and decreasing-radius turns and straightaways, marked by traffic cones. The basic idea is even older: Let the engine breathe. The third generation, available from 1982 to 1992, was featured in the 1983 movie and the 1984 movie. Archived from on July 22, 2015. Flared fenders lead back to a rounded rear end topped with a large, flat spoiler.
The real world is full of danger and uncertainty. Pontiac Firebird Overview Manufacturer Production February 23, 1967 — August 30, 2002 Body and chassis , Related The Pontiac Firebird is an American automobile built by from the 1967 to the 2002 model years. Firebird performance levels improved for 1996, with the establishment of the stronger 200-hp 3. The solid rear axle does make itself felt on poor road surfaces with some axle hop. It's true that today's pony cars can corner without scraping their door handles on the curb from excessive body roll, and are probably better road-racers than drag cars.
This also applies to electronics such as radios, clocks, gauges, light fixtures, switches, or other electrical devices. Ultra-low profile tires often mean a bone-jarring ride, but the Pontiac engineers have done a great job tuning the suspension. Also for the 1968 model, the 326 cu in 5. The T5 five-speed manual transmission was standard with the V6s, as was the Borg-Warner T56 six-speed manual for the V8s. With just 26,546 original miles, this is the one to own if you like a little future collectability with your hardcore performance. The sound coming out of the twin cast aluminum exhausts is pure glass- pack rumble.
A bit more spacious than the Corvette, the Firebird seems to work great as a real car. One needs to be precise and easy on the car during turn-in to get the front to bite. Shockingly, only 524 buyers ponied up for what was arguably the ultimate F-Body, and even fewer opted for the 6-speed manual as in this car. Access is average for sports coupes; head and leg room are at a premium. The roadcourse experience is almost identical to the autocross—except the speeds are higher, the lap times are longer, and the corners are typically farther apart. A five-speed manual was available but was mated to the 5. Exterior Colors: Medium Patriot Red dropped; Cayenne Red Metallic, Bright Green Metallic added.
Frank has performance-tested roughly 250 cars over the last four years, which has given him plenty of practice in the standing-start drag. A total of 7,100 were produced with the 455 engine. We cannot be responsible for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies contained in information provided by third parties. It offers a level of handling we associate with race cars. Interestingly enough, the composite hood used for the Ram Air setup weighed less than the hood used on the standard Firebird, another little check mark in the all-out performance box. The skidpad performance of 0. This increased power by 10% for a total of 220 during the 1978—79 model years.
Most buyers opted for one of three : the 326 cu in 5. The only option on these cars was the engine the 400 was not certified for California, nor was cruise control available with it , which dictated the transmission and the gear ratio 3. There were a total of 472 of these packages sold in 2001, 239 on the L36 Firebird, 231 on the Formula W66 Coupe, 5 on Formula Firehawks and 2 on Trans-Ams—making these editions quite rare. Road Atlanta's straights weren't long enough for a top speed test, but Pontiac claims to have seen an extra two or three mph, to about 160, in Ram Air-equipped cars. From 1993-97, all Firehawks were based on Firebird Formulas, while from 1999 the Firehawk could be had as a Formula or a Trans Am. There are two bucket seats for rear passengers. Harwood makes no warranty or representation regarding mileage unless otherwise stated.
Braking is excellent, no surprise considering the four huge antilock ventilated discs. O decal on the Shaker Hood Scoop but were not anywhere near the same engine as the 71-72 H. A total of 201 Firehawks were built for 1993. I install frame ties on all my cars and it takes away rattles and sqeeks. Under this agreement, Trans Am Depot takes brand-new model , strips them down to their basic components and rebuilds what looks like new Trans Ams. This is a seriously nice car, owned by an enthusiast who understood that it was special.
This option was stopped for the 1996 and later models, but the connections remain for 1996 and 1997 Formula and Trans Am. Like the previous Firehawks, the '96 Ram Air Firebirds draw air through two nostrils. This also coincided with the release of the 1967. Factory chromed wheels now available. You'll note original decals, factory clamps and hoses, and all the other stuff that makes untouched original cars so special. Engine choices consisted of a L98 5. This site and all advertising information may be updated without notice whenever new information is obtained and may contain mistakes and inaccuracies.
Slightly different wheels introduced on Formula and Trans Am initially, but disappeared later, replaced by the original 5-spoke wheel. Even so, it scored the slowest tours. The Firebird Trans Am was also selected as the Official Pace Car for the. Owners of these limited-edition steeds, we reasoned, would likely seek driving challenges of greater import than mere stoplight races. During 1969 a special 303 cu in 5. These cars were built on the , which was also shared by the.