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1973 Pontiac Firebird

The 1973 Pontiac Firebird came as a base model, Esprit, Formula, and high-performance Trans Am. Pontiac gave the Firebird a new 'eggcrate' grille insert, and a few other exterior modifications, mostly to comply with U.S. government crash standards. Standard equipment included bucket seats with all-vinyl trim, Deluxe steering wheel, loop-pile carpets, upper-level ventilation, ashtray light, Endura bumper, hubcaps, windshield radio antenna, front disc brakes, three-speed manual column shift transmission, and bright moldings on the windshield, rear window, and grille. The base price rose about $50, to $2,895. A total of 14,096 base models were sold.

The firebird Esprit had model signature scripts on the roof pillars, custom interior, concealed windshield wipers, and twin body-color mirrors. The base price was $3,250 and a total of 17,249 examples were sold.

The Firebird Formula had a base price of $3,280 and 10,166 examples were sold. They added special twin-scoop hoods, custom cushion steering wheel, black textured grille, dual exhaust, and heavy-duty suspension.

The high-performance option was the Trans Am which gained the 'chicken' graphics for the hood. Pricing began at $4,200 and 4,802 examples were sold. Power was supplied by a 455 cubic-inch V8 engine offering 310 horsepower. Standard equipment included Safe-T-Track differential, power steering, full-width rear deck spoiler, Rally gauge cluster with clock and tachometer, Rally II wheels with trim rings, dual body-color mirrors, and front-wheel opening flares. Buyers had the choice of a Turbo-Hydramatic or four-speed manual transmission.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2018

Related Reading : Pontiac Trans Am History

Produced by Pontiac, a division of General Motors, the Pontiac Trans Am was based on the Firebird coupe body style and built on the F-body platform. The last high-performance muscle motor from the original muscle car generation was the Firebird Trans Am with the 455 motor. In 1971 appearing first as the 455-HO, the 455 motor was introduced. The SD-455, a unique version of the 455 was offered....
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The concept of owning, maintaining and insuring a Muscle Car in 1973 was all but done. There were, however, a few holdouts for those who knew their way around an order sheet.....[continue reading]

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1973 Firebird
$3,280-$52,000
1973 Pontiac Firebird Price Range: $200 - $3,280

Other 1973 Pontiac Models
$2,450 - $2,760
$2,920 - $3,430
$3,770 - $4,460

Trans Am Series II

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
4,802
108.00 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 150.00hp
8 cyl., 455.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 455.00 CID., 290.00hp
8 cyl., 455.00 CID., 310.00hp
$4,200 - $4,200
46,313
108.00 in.
6 cyl., 250.00 CID., 100.00hp
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 150.00hp
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 170.00hp
8 cyl., 455.00 CID., 310.00hp
$200 - $3,280
27,274
108.10 in.
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 455.00 CID., 200.00hp
$4,735 - $4,735
46,701
108.10 in.
8 cyl., 350.00 CID., 160.00hp
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 455.00 CID., 200.00hp
$4,985 - $4,985
68,745
108.10 in.
8 cyl., 403.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 200.00hp
$5,450 - $5,450
211,454
108.20 in.
8 cyl., 301.00 CID., 140.00hp
8 cyl., 403.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 400.00 CID., 220.00hp
$4,830 - $10,625
108.20 in.
8 cyl., 403.00 CID., 185.00hp
$6,300 - $10,625
108.20 in.
8 cyl., 301.00 CID., 140.00hp
8 cyl., 301.00 CID., 155.00hp
8 cyl., 301.00 CID., 210.00hp
$7,180 - $7,180

Industry Production

#1#2#3Pontiac
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
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

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