1980 Pontiac Firebird

Although the American V-8 performance car was virtually extinct by 1975 with even Chevrolet's Camaro Z/28 dropped that year, Pontiac's F-Body Firebird actually enjoyed growing popularity thanks to its powerful engines, outstanding handling, and bold styling.

Pontiac's reputation continued to grow with strong street performance and many racing victories. By 1979, the Firebird achieved all-time record sales.

For 1980, the Pontiac Firebird was available as a hardtop coupe, Esprit Coupe, Formula Coupe, and a Trans Am Coupe. Changes were minimal though they did receive changes to the engine. A new 265 cubic-inch V8 was optional along with the four-barrel, 301-CID V8. The Trans Am and the Formula models could be purchased with a new turbocharged 301-CID four-barrel. The base and Esprit models came standard with a three-speed manual while the Formula and Trans Am were given automatics.

The Turbocharged Firebirds had a unique hood with special bird decal. They had turbo graphics on the hood and deck lid spoiler. A new 'Yellow Bird' option package replaced the former Redbird package. New Trans Am graphics colors included bronze-and-burgundy and a red-and-gold combination.

New options included an electronic-tuned stereo radio with a four-speaker system, a new dark blue interior color, and new seating which came in five colors.

The iconic 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason also starred a black and gold Special Edition Pontiac Trans Am. The movie was second only in gross receipts to the original Star Wars also released that year. The Pontiac Trans Am also became popular, so much so that the Bandit version of the Trans Am was offered by Pontiac for many years thereafter. The second Smokey and the Bandit movie was released in 1980, with the same stars but with a new Bandit car – a 1980 Special Edition Turbo Trans Am.

The 1980 Special Edition Trans Am was option code Y84 on the General Motors and Pontiac order sheet. It indicated special black paint, gold decal striping and a large firebird hood decal. It also included gold turbine wheels and removable T-Top roof hatches.

The 1980 Turbo Trans Am was offered that year because the larger displacement motors of the past had been obsoleted by General Motors. The most powerful engine available in a Trans Am or Firebird was a turbo powered car. The turbocharged version of the Pontiac 301 cubic-inch motor was rated at 210 horsepower and was about 8lbs of boost. The normally aspirated 4-barrel version of the 301 CID was rated at 170 horsepower.

The Trans Am was so popular that was chosen to pace the 1980 edition of the Indianapolis 500 race. Capitalizing on this promotional opportunity, Pontiac's product managers developed the Pace Car Replica Special Edition Trans Am, loaded with factory options.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017

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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1980 Firebird
$7,180-$138,800
1980 Pontiac Firebird Price Range: $5,600 - $7,180

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Pontiac
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)519,390
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)594,821
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)318,478
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)541,061
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)489,436
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)770,100
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)907,434
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)900,380
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

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