In the mid '60s Pontiac (with John Z DeLorean at the helm) was in the process of designing its own radical pony car called the Banshee. GM upper management was afraid that the Banshee would cannibalize sales from the Corvette (which was likely given its performance specs), so they pulled the plug on the Banshee and offered Pontiac the opportunity to sell a pony car on a platform shared with the Camaro...which became known as the Firebird. Find this 1970 Pontiac Firebird offered here on eBay currently bidding for $5,500 with 3 days to go, located in Gardena, CA.
The first redesign of the Firebird was released in mid 1970 and are sometimes called 1970.5 Firebirds. The 2nd generation design lasted through 1981 and while not as desirable as the early '67-'69 Birds, it has become a classic in its own right.
Power for this Firebird comes from a 350 cubic inch Pontiac V8 which was rated at 255 horsepower when new. The Pontiac V8 started life way back in 1955 and was available as an option on Firebirds through 1981.
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