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