Pontiac Firebird Book


44 $

An updated, enlarged fourth edition of Marc Cranswick’s complete model history of General Motor’s upmarket F body variant. Featuring a new foreword – and five new sections – written by legendary Firebird designer John Schinella, plus 128 new photos and 24 extra pages, Cranswick brings the Firebird legend to life in even more glorious detail.

Over a 40-year period the Pontiac Firebird earned a unique place amongst speedy American domestic cars, and what began as just another contender in the pony car race, ended up a true American classic. The Firebird’s tale is a reflection of the development of the mainstream domestic car in the modern era: V8s, turbo V8s, turbo V6s, HO V6s, overhead cam I6s, and even a Super Duty four banger. If there’s a performance avenue to be explored, then the Firebird has been there.

Popular in the sales charts, the Firebird has also been high profile both in television and movies, cementing its legendary status in pop culture and beyond. From the go-faster 1960s, gas mileage- and pollution-controlled 1970s, performance renaissance of the 1980s, through to the indifference of the 1990s, the Firebird was always there. This is its story.

Close attention is paid to both regular models and high level variants such as Formula and Trans Am, and an appendix featuring model highlights from the Firebird’s 35 year span details the specifications and statistics covering sixteen notable models, from the 19671⁄2 Firebird 400 Coupé, to the 1999 30th Anniversary Firebird Trans Am Convertible. Revealing all aspects of the Firebird story, from social, to economic and beyond, Cranswick shows how Pontiac made the Firebird unique.

  • Enlarged and updated fourth edition of the definitive Firebird book
  • Foreword and five new sections by Firebird designer John Schinella
  • Features 128 new images and 24 additional pages
  • Tells the ‘twin origins’ of the Firebird story – performance and style
  • Charts model development and appeal over its lifetime
  • Detailed model and variant descriptions throughout
  • Stunning photography, plus reproductions of advertising and marketing literature
  • Reveals the Firebird’s popularity in culture, TV and movies
  • Motorsport and series appearances and sporting success
  • Appendices cover model highlights, Firebird clubs, and resources for specific models
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