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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