1972 Pontiac Firebird

The 1972 Pontiac Firebird was a 2-door hardtop with seating for 4 passengers and carried a base price of $2,840. 12,001 examples were built of the base model. 11,415 examples of the Esprit, 5,249 Formula Firebirds, and 1,286 were Trans Am models were produced.

Pontiac considered canceling the production of the Trans Am after the 1971, but in the end decided to continue with production with only minor styling updates. In the front was a new honeycomb mesh grille insert, and the car now rode on redesigned hubcaps and wheel covers. Standard equipment included a Deluxe steering wheel, upper-level ventilation, loop-pile carpets, solid foam seat cushions with integral springs, bucket seats in the front and rear with all-vinyl trim, ashtray light, wood-grained dash accents, and Endura front bumper. In the front was a small full-width air dam. They had a windshield radio antenna, bright moldings on the windshield, thin body sill moldings, rear window molding, grille molding, and disc brakes in the front. The standard gearbox was a three-speed manual unit. Under the hood was a 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine rated at 110 horsepower. The base V-8 engine was the 350 CID unit rated at 160 horsepower.

The Firebird Esprit could be identified by their signature script moldings on the roof pillar. They had all the same standard equipment found on the base model, plus added custom cloth and Morrokide trim, perforated headliner, sound insulation, custom cushion steering wheel, unique door trim panels, rear armrest ashtrays, and a trunk mat. They also were given dash assist grip, body color mirrors, a remote-controlled left-hand mirror, body color door handle inserts, concealed wipers, bright roof rail trim, wheel trim rings, window sill moldings, and rear hood edge accents. They also had wide rocker panel accent strips and a three-speed manual floor shift transmission.

Buyers who wanted the Esprit, but with slightly more features could purchase the Formula Firebird. This model had all the features of the Esprite plus a fiberglass hood with forward-mounted twin air scoops, special Formula badging, dual exhaust with chrome extensions, and firm control shock absorbers. They also rode on F70-14 tires. Of the 5,249 produced, 4,167 were fitted with an automatic transmission. The base price was $3,220.

Selling for roughly $1,000 more than the Formula Firebird, the Firebird Trans Am was the most expensive model in the lineup. In total, 1,286 examples were produced. They were given a Formula steering wheel, engine-turned dash trim, front air dam, wheel opening flares, full-width deck spoiler, engine air extractors, Rally gauge cluster with clock and tachometer, 15-inch Rally II rims with trim rings, F60-15 raised white letter tires, black-textured grille inserts, fast-rate power steering, power disc brakes, upgraded stabilizer bars, and special high-rate rear springs. They also had Safe-T-Track differential, air cleaner with rear-facing cold air induction system, a four-speed close-ratio manual transmission (or Turbo-Hydramatic), and a power-flex cooling fan. Powering the Trans AM was the 455 CID V8 rated at 300 horsepower.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014

The Pontiac Firebird

The Pontiac Firebird

Through good times and bad, the Pontiac Firebird was at the forefront of Americas muscle car generation. Introduced in 1967 and following through to 2002 shows just how successful its reign was.1st Generation (1967-69)Some refer to this as the coke bottle years, due to its body style. The bumpers were designed into the front end and the rear had slit taillights. Until 1969,....
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The Pontiac Firebird

The Pontiac Firebird

Through good times and bad, the Pontiac Firebird was at the forefront of Americas muscle car generation. Introduced in 1967 and following through to 2002 shows just how successful its reign was.1st Generation (1967-69)Some refer to this as the coke bottle years, due to its body style. The bumpers were designed into the front end and the rear had slit taillights. Until 1969,....
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The Pontiac Firebird

Pontiac was tired of viewing from the sidelines, while Ford introduced the Mustang, and Chevy brought out the Camaro, so in midst of 1967 Pontiac finally jumped in the ring with the all new Firebird. Available with either six or eight cylinder engines, the Firebird was based heavily on the Camaro chassis, though Pontiac did attempt to make it their own. The Camaro featured a styled split front grille,....
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1972 Firebird
$4,260-$500,000
1972 Pontiac Firebird Price Range: $2,840 - $4,260

$2,722 - $3,380
$4,170 - $47,220

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Pontiac
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)850,620
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)746,430
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)531,922
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)580,045
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)919,870
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)706,978
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)586,856
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)586,856
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)870,081
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)910,977
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)782,734

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