The Pontiac Firebird is a muscle car produced by General Motors between 1967 and 2002. The 1967 Pontiac Firebird was released on the pony market five months after its cousin Chevrolet Camaro.

First generation Pontiacs have a “coke-bottle” appearance, transformed into a more “swoopy” one for the second generation Birds. Available with six and eight cylinder engine, the 1967 Pontiac Firebird models known as “The Magnificent Five” came with both convertible and hardtop coupe options.

The Firebird 400 gets its name from the 400 cubic inch displacement. The engine has a capacity of 325 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 410 foot-pounds of torque at 3,400 rpm. Acceleration: 0-30 mph in 2.5 seconds. A Ram Air version that reached 5200 rpm was available with a hotter cam and stronger valve springs rated 335 horsepower. The Quadrajet carburetor could be re-calibrated to increase fuel flow for an extra $263, and for additional $273.83 a Turbo Hydramatic was added.

Firebird 326 was equipped with two barrel carburetor and a V8 engine. Most times V8 engine was the engine preferred by shoppers. The 326 cubic inches car was rated at 250 horsepower (186 kW).

The Firebird H.O (High Output) engine with a four-barrel carburetor produced 285 horsepower (213 kW). The revised 350 CID version was rated 320 hp (240kw). A 400 H.O. version appeared, with a four-barrel carburetor and 335 horsepower.

Firebird Sprint was rated at 215 horsepower (160 kW) and 240 lb-ft (324 Nm) torque. The six-cylinder engine was connected to a three or four speed manual or two speed automatic transmission.

Firebird OHC had a six cylinder engine with manual transmission and a Mono-Jet one barrel carburetor rated at 175 horsepower. The OHC was reached 60 mph in a bit over 13 seconds. It was the first mass produced overhead-cam engine in America and ahead of it’s time, with a better handling than a V8 due tot the lighter weight of the six cylinder.

There was a certain difference in the design, varying for each model. Unlike the 1967 Firebird, the 1968 blinkers were larger and extended and the Pontiac logo was added on each side of the rear. The 1969 model had a new frond end style consisting of an Endura bumper with the headlight and grills incorporated with new GM locking ignition switch/steering wheel The Firebirds were easily distinguished from the Camaro because of the four round headlamps instead of just two.

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