In 1967, GM was forced to drop DeLorean’s Banshee. As a result, Pontiac debuted its Firebird to compete with Chevrolet’s Camaro and Ford’s Mustang. Here is a closer look at what it offered drivers.
1967 Pontiac Firebird Introduction
Sharing the same F-body style as the Camaro, the Firebird was very close to its Chevy cousin. However, it infused unique features like enclosed taillights, split-grill front end and six louvers to provide a different look. Pontiac offered numerous options, so every customer could buy a sports car that stood apart from the crowd.
Different Versions of the 1967 Firebird
The 1967 Firebird came in both hardtop and convertible versions. The Firebird OHC contained a 230-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine that produced 165 horsepower. Thanks to the affordable price, it was considered an “economical” choice for drivers who wanted a fun and sporty vehicle.
The Firebird Sprint was a small upgrade and included a 230-cubic-inch, six-cylinder four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor. This produced 215 horsepower. Another option was the Firebird 326. This version contained a V8 326-cubic-inch, two-barrel engine and provided 250 horsepower. The Firebird H.O. included a V8 engine that produced 285 horsepower. It also provided a stiff suspension, dual exhausts and special side stripe decorations.
The Firebird 400 was the top-of-the-line version. It included a V8 four-barrel Quadrajet engine, which produced 325 horsepower. The car had heavy-duty springs, battery, starter motor and radiator. The “Ram Air” option included a 428, low-restriction cast iron exhaust manifold.
Although the top model was a beast, few drivers opted to pay the price for performance upgrades. In fact, most people opted to purchase the comparable Chevy Camaro versions. Despite the fact that Camaro outsold the Firebird two-to-one, it was a respectable first attempt from Pontiac as it entered the pony car market.
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