1976 Pontiac Firebird
Car for sale by PJ's Auto World in Clearwater, Florida 33755
Burt Reynolds may have been the star, but it was the black 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that stole the show. There's nothing like seeing that Starlight Black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am emerge from the back of the Bandit's truck.
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
Classic Car Overview
The Pontiac Firebird is an American automobile built by Pontiac from 1967 to the 2002 model years. Designed as a Pony Car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was introduced February 23, 1967, the same model year as GMs Chevrolet division platform-sharing Camaro. This also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Fords upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang.
The turning point for the late 1970s Trans Ams occurred in 1976. The corporate bean counters had all but given up on killing off the T/A, especially when they saw the enormous profit the model was brought in. Gradually, nearly as many Trans Ams left the assembly line as the other Firebirds combined.
The 1975 455 HO package was carried over for the 76 model year. It was, however, renamed 455 Four-Barrel Performance Package and HO was subsequently removed from the shaker. The 76 Model T/A got a more integrated front-end appearance, enhancing the visual appeal. The new front end returned the parking lamps below the front bumper, each within a narrow cooling slot. The color-keyed front bumper smoothly integrated into the front header panel which was still comprised of fiberglass. Round headlamps made their last second generation appearance on the 1976 edition.
Classic Car ID101063724
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