AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Coupe

AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Coupe

Car: Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Coupe

Year: 1969

What makes it special: Designed as competition to the Ford Mustang, the Pontiac Firebird was introduced to the buying public in February 1967 along with Chevrolet’s Camaro model. During that same model year, the Cougar model also debuted, the sister to the Mustang from Mercury.

What made it famous: The Trans-Am was a specialty package available for the Pontiac Firebird, although despite it’s name, it was not originally used in the Trans-Am racing series due to it’s smallest engine exceeding the SCCA’s 5-liter displacement limit. Typically, upgraded handling, suspension and horsepower as well as appearance mods like exclusive hoods, spoilers, fog lights and wheels were a part of the Trans-Am package. A total of four generations of Trans-Am’s were produced from 1969 to 2002, and were built on the F-Body Platform which was shared with Chevrolet’s Camaro model.

Why I would want one: If you wanted the top of the line, top performer from Pontiac Firebird, then the Trans-Am was what filled the need.

Fun fact: The Firebird name was originally used for the General Motors Firebird Concept Cars of the 50’s and early 60’s.
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