Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am - 1979


PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM ....




" Pontiac "was an American automobile manufacturer founded in 1906, formerly known as Oakland was derived from General Motors. The name " Pontiac "which refers to a large Indian chief of the Ottawa tribe is actually the name of a neighborhood in Detroit, the hometown of the company. The cars of this brand were essentially adapted primarily for North America. The first model was released in 1926, created under the auspices of General Motors. In the first year, 75,000 copies were sold. The crisis of 1929, profoundly affects the brand, but she returned to success in 1930 with eight-cylinder cars. After the war, production was resumed with success as the Star Chief and 1950, Pontiac invests in racing ....



In 1964, Pontiac released his most famous model, the GTO, the first of the new niche of "muscle cars" that will allow Americans access to powerful models available at affordable prices. In fact, the motto of the brand is to produce cars to look "chic" but with prices "cheap". With the oil crisis, the 1970 is more difficult for the automaker despite its new Trans Am was released in 1973. The 1980s are experiencing a diversification in family models and also sports. Indeed, to compete with Ford and Mustang pony car market and muscle cars, General Motors decided to launch a car equivalent to the Mustang under two brands for Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird ....



The Pontiac Firebird could get many engines (V6 and V8) all from the GM group. Then different trim levels to complete the range emerged as the Firebird Formula (better) and also the Firebird Trans Am (even better). The Pontiac Firebird is a sports coupe produced between 1967 and 2002 in four distinct generations. Can easily be confused with its twin, the Chevrolet Camaro which comes directly from Firebird. Their frame is "F-Body" and some parts are interchangeable between models of both brands. Given the success of the Trans Am version of the Staff Pontiac decided to make it a model in its own right and not simply a muscular version of the Firebird. Gradually, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am advantageously replaced the Pontiac GTO aging which previously held the torch in the line of muscle cars of the brand ....



For Pontiac, it was to offer customers a real alternative to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, so in 1978, the company will offer a package called WS6 options that will transform the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am . thus equipped The car had a much sought after style with a new hood, chrome grille, emblem and logos, suspension and improved steering, four wheel disc brakes and wheels, eight inches wide, ventilation grilles changed in diamond honeycomb rather than an assembly of small alterations of styles that give a new character. The marketing department will even push the customization to the extreme by offering several special decorations, Black & Gold or entirely gilded with a background color Solar Gold Redbird red with darker skirts, white Polar White with a blue stripe the length, or blue Lucienne Blue with a white band. Were made of gold edging on the edges of the body and the famous eagle on the bonnet. Inside, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am received the bottom counter corked aluminum or gold colored aluminum as well as around the gearbox ....



Regarding technology, the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was noticed by his "shaker" who aspired fresh air from the rear spoilers its wings, its extractors on the front fenders and the rear spoiler into three parts which harmonized with the body in addition to being effective aerodynamic side. The suspension and brakes were greatly improved (in fact designed by Herb Adams) to give the car more manageable at the time, surpassing even the Corvette and Mustang. The engines used were the GM group, the V8-powered dual carburetors or quadruple body developed from 155 to 500 horsepower. The base transmission was entrusted to a four-speed manual transmission, but optionally it was possible to have an automatic transmission. Nowadays, the amazing and unusual Pontiac Firebird Trans Am has become a model collection Vintage Classic rare and sought instead ....



Specifications:
  • Engine: V8
  • Displacement: 7.2 Liters
  • Power: 500 hp
  • Torque: 450 Nm at 5500 t / mn
  • Speed: 190 km / h 

 

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