In our first installment this week of May 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1967 Pontiac Firebird presented by nominee Timothy Woolard. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for May’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
The 1967 Pontiac Firebird single-handedly helped Pontiac to remain a prominent automaker during the muscle car era. Even loyal Ford and Dodge fans had to appreciate the 1967 Pontiac Firebird’s signature styling and impressive performance numbers. Here is why the 1967 Firebird is such an unforgettable driving machine.
For the 1967 model year, the Firebird offered a versatile engine lineup. However, true driving enthusiasts immediately gravitated towards the top-of-the-line 400ci engine. Aside from a new throttle linkage, this engine was the exact same one found in the Pontiac GTO. It was rated to produce a 325 horsepower and a neck-snapping 410 pound-feet of torque. Although a 3-speed automatic transmission was available, the heavy-duty 3-speed manual gearbox took full advantage of the engine’s power. When launched from a dead stop, the Firebird 400 could easily hit 60 mph 5.8 seconds. Meanwhile, it covered the quarter-mile in a competitive 14.4 seconds with a trap speed of 100 mph.
In terms of appearance, it was hard to overlook the 1967 Firebird’s similarities to the Chevy Camaro. Despite their close relationship, the Firebird had its own distinctive styling cues. A twin-nostril hood and a signature grille gave the Firebird a ferocious look. The dual exhaust tips gave the 400 model an extra measure of aggressiveness. To separate the high-performance 400 model from the rest of the lineup, unique badges were placed along the sides of the hood. Some of the most alluring paint colors included Fathom Blue, Plum Mist, and Regimental Red. The convertible version looked even more stunning with its top down. Equipped with a floor shifter, the Firebird’s interior had a clean and refined appearance.
Wide Range of Trim Levels
With a total number of around 100,000 units sold, the 1967 Pontiac Firebird proved to have a wide fan base. There was a trim level to suit every driver’s budget. It was a great option for the drivers who wanted to have fun without breaking the bank. Although cars such as the Mustang were a bit more popular, the Firebird’s ageless styling and enjoyable driving dynamics made it a legitimate threat.
For good reason, the 1967 Pontiac Firebird continues to attract many car collectors. Is it just as legendary as its sibling, the 1967 Chevy Camaro?
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