See Figures 1 through 7
After the introduction of the Ford Mustang and its immediate rise to popularity, Pontiac was quick to introduce its own "pony" or personal sports car, the Firebird, in 1967. Along with its sister car, the Camaro, the Firebird was General Motors' entry into a burgeoning market. Customers could literally order their Firebird from a long option list. Choices ranged from 3-speed economy models to 400 cubic inch Ram Air, 4-speed supercars. GT and luxury outfits were available for the ordering by checking off the right blocks on the order blank.
1967 through 1969 were years of detail refinement. Firebirds were available as 2-door coupes and convertibles. A long wait for the new model proved worthwhile when, in 1970, the redesigned Firebird was introduced. The new body shell, shared with the Camaro, was a departure from preceding models and had a European GT flavor. The convertible Firebird was dropped in 1970 along with the overhead cam 6-cylinder engine. Body styles were limited to the 2-door coupe, while the conventional OHV 6-cylinder replaced the OHC engine. Despite rumors of its demise, due to receding sales and the burden of emission and safety standards, the Firebird continues to be a stylish alternative to mundane transportation.