Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac’s second-generation ponycar
was a little late for the party in 1970, but it was worth the wait! The 1970
Firebird was a completely new design from the ground up, not sharing any major
suspension or body components with the previous model. The car was praised by
the car magazines for its bold new styling, sports-car like handling, and
excellent acceleration abilities when equipped with the right engine. It had
been improved immensely over the first generation cars in almost every way.

 

The 1970 Pontiac Firebird rode on a
108″ wheelbase, the same as the new Camaro. It was only available as a two
door coupe; the convertible had been dropped from the lineup, and would not
return as a factory option until 24 years later. The 70 Firebird came with
bucket seats, front disc brakes, and a front stabilizer bar. There were four
trim levels available: the base Firebird, the Esprit, the Formula, and the
Trans Am.

 

The base car came with a 250 CID
inline six cylinder engine and a three-speed manual transmission, but a 255
horsepower Pontiac 350 V8 and an automatic transmission were available options.
The Esprit came standard with the same 350 V8 and three speed manual transmission,
and an optional automatic transmission was also available. It had stiffer
spring rates than the base car. The 1970 Firebird Formula can be easily
identified by the dual forward-facing hood scoops, and it came with a 330
horsepower Pontiac 400 V8 (NOW we’re talking!) and a three speed manual
transmission. A four speed manual or an automatic transmission were available
options. The Formula came with the same springs as the base car, but with
heavier duty shocks, a larger diameter front stabilizer bar, and a rear
stabilizer bar. It could also be special ordered with the same suspension as
the Trans Am, and you could even get a Ram Air III (also called Ram Air HO) 335
HP 400 V8 in it.

 

The 1970 Trans Am was all about
performance. It came with the Ram Air III engine above, but an optional Ram Air
IV engine was available that produced 345 (370 according to some sources)
horsepower. The base transmission in the Trans Am was a wide ratio Muncie four
speed with a Hurst shifter. It came with 15″ wheels, larger front and rear
stabilizer bars than the Formula, the stiffer springs from the Esprit, and the
heavier-duty shocks from the Formula. The 1970 Trans Am also had a shaker hood,
which means that there was a rear-facing air intake scoop mounted atop the carburetor,
and that scoop protruded through an opening in the hood to draw fresh, cool air
into the engine. It had front and rear spoilers, and air extractors on both
front fenders to allow hot air to escape from the engine compartment. The 70
Trans Am was only available in two color schemes, either white with blue
stripes or blue with white stripes.

 

There were a total of 48,739 Pontiac
Firebirds produced in 1970, including only 7,708 Formulas and 3,196 Trans Ams.
The Formulas and Trans Ams were excellent performers due to the 400 cubic inch
engine, with 0-60 MPH times in the six second range. When you combine the
improved handling characteristics of the new platform with the power of the
Pontiac 400 engine, the 1970 Pontiac Firebird was one of the best all around
musclecars of the era. It is one of my favorite cars of all time.

 

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What is a classic car?

Webster’s defines the word “classic” as filling in as a standard of perfection. Most would concur that portrays most of the classic cars in existence today, but in order to technically qualify as a classic car, there are additional requirements a car must meet.

Special motor vehicle licensing is available for classic and antique cars here in the US. The specific rules vary for each state, but the general meaning of a great is “An engine vehicle, however not a proliferation thereof, fabricated no less than 20 years before the present year which has been kept up in or reestablished to a condition which is considerably in congruity with maker determinations andappearance.” according to the DMV. If the car exceeds 45 years, it is then considered an antique.

The CCCA, or Classic Car Club of America is an organization that dedicates itself to the collection, preservation and enjoyment of some of the finest classic automobiles in the world. They have their own definition of a classic car, which is as follows:

“A CCCA Classic is a “fine” or “particular” vehicle, either American or remote constructed, delivered in the vicinity of 1925 and 1948… Different variables, including motor removal, custom coachwork and extravagance embellishments, for example, control brakes, control grip, and “one-shot” help decide if a car is thought to be a Classic.”

Since this definition is basically exclusive to the CCCA, they usually use terms such as “CCCA Classic” or “Full Classic” (which is trademarked) to define cars that have been accepted to their roster. CCCA Classics are cars that were built in limited numbers and were rather expensive when purchase new from the showroom. These cars are representative of the pinnacle of engineering, styling and design for their times.

Due to the age of classic cars, they often lack what are considered basic safety features of today’s standards. They were not originally equipped with air bags, crumple zones or rollover protection. Their steering and braking capabilities usually leave a lot to be desired as well. This poses a safety concern for any driver of such a car, and also requires them to be extra aware of road conditions and very knowledgeable of their car’s capabilities and limits.

It is possible to have your classic car retrofitted with 2 or 3-point seatbelts that meet current safety standards, but some owners would not even consider it if it’s not original equipment. Federal law only states that a car must be consistent with the standards that were in place at the time of manufacture, leaving states to outline their own regulations as to the acceptable usage of classic cars. Some parts of the United States discourage using classic cars as daily transportation and in some areas it is absolutely prohibited. Almost all have mileage restrictions, and some will only allow them to be driven to and from shows or events.Buying a Classic Car is actually a large investment and really should be
treated as such. Get all the points concerning that particular car
Before to view it and will also be much better off when negotiating the
out the door cost. Be sure to purchase proper insurance and get
protected storage available.

 

 

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Pontiacs!

It is our namesake so it seemed as good of a place as any to start.  This is a snapshot of what a Pontiac car show is like.  Very similar to all of the other car shows that you see around but of course, for Pontiacs.  Check it out!