1976 Pontiac Sunbird: Cindy from the BK Lounge

Speaking of things that haven’t aged well: the 1976 Pontiac Sunbird.  This is what you get when you turn a Vega into a “Monza” and then pretend to create an entirely new car for Pontiac.  What do we have?

  • a “formal” roofline instead of a hatch. Now there’s two body styles, like with a Mustang II. Woo hoo.
  • Stick some vinyl on the roof.  Now it’s like a Mustang II Ghia, and also a small Grand Prix (a car Pontiac liked and so did America).
  • Give it a faux Firebird front end.  “Sporty” is dealerspeak for “shitbox with a nosejob.”
  • A V-6. It sounds sporty on the order sheet. at least

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1970-73 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

We’d guessing 1970 because of the  400 c.i.d. engine.  Per wiki, the 1971-73 T/As had a 455. My second cousin Shirley drove one of those 455s. However, we’re skeptical of the “T/A 6.6” on the shaker. It should say “400.” But, they came in white or blue.  We’re also a little leery of the screaming chicken.  That came on-line for 1973.  I guess the verdict is “frankenbird.”  It’s still sexy as hell.

1970-73 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Not technically correct but gorgeous.

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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

What to drive to the Concorso Ferrari 2014?  Isn’t it obvious?  Something American, overweight (duh), festooned with fake scoops,mostly purposeless vents and spoilers, and garish for a strip club decals!  Something with a pushrod V8 and leaf springs! and with the worst of all convertible vs hardtop worlds, a T-top! Something so undeniably awesome in its wretched, unapologetic 1970s-ness!. This:
1977 pontiac trans am
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