OldRide Answers Home
Using OldRide Answers
Ask a Question
Browse Questions In:
Other Makes
Classic Trucks
 General Topics
General Questions
Help Identify
Classic Car News
General Restoration
Vehicle Maintenance
Site Suggestions & Comments


Ask a Question in OldRide Answers
Help Enrich the Classic Car Community
Explore Closed Questions and Answers
 Search Questions: 
Productionfigures Pontiac Formula 455 HO / Ram Air M22 1972
Is it possible that only 47 cars with this option were produced total ???
Ive found one . VIN :2U87X2N524625

Looking forward on prompt reply.
posted: August 29, 2011
  Answers (6)
Its possible but its difficult to say indefinitely without some heavy research! Do you have any PHS docs on that VIN number? How do you know it was originally equipped with the RAMAIR option? Whats the block code?
posted:  August 29, 2011
Click to close this picture
I think it was 276 that were produced.
posted:  August 29, 2011
Click to close this picture

1st symbol (2) is GM Division / Pontiac
2nd symbol (U) series is Formula Firebird
3rd & 4th symbol (87) is body style 2 door hardtop
5th symbol (X) engine code is V8 455 4-v
6th symbol (2) year of 1972
7th symbol (N) made in Norwood, OH.
Remaining numbers are production sequence order

Overall production for the 1972 Formula Firebirds was 5,250. I'm not sure of further breakdowns based on options.
posted:  August 29, 2011
Click to close this picture
Yes ! The car is fully PHS documented with ORIGINAL buildsheet found under rearseat!!!!
posted:  August 30, 2011
Click to close this picture
I'm not savvy on my PHS documents, but shouldn't it tell you what the production numbers are?
posted:  August 31, 2011
Click to close this picture
It's correct there were 276 Formula 455 HO's made in '72. That was a strike year at the Norwood plant that made all Firebirds so only about 7+ months of production that model year. The transmission breakdowns for '72 are not known so any one of XX figure you see is a guesstimate. Ram Air and Unitized ignition were required options with the 455HO motor, so when you see the X in the 5th digit of the VIN on a '72, it had to have all 3 options of the 455HO, Ram Air and Unitized Ignition. The PHS will only show so much but it's not like a Marti report that will break it down by numbers.
That is a very rare car, I'm restoring one similar to it now. The best sight on the internet for info on the Ram Air Formulas is at http://forums.performanceyears.com/forums
You should post there about it, very helpful group of owners there. Congrats on the great find, I hope you bought it.
posted:  September 13, 2011
Click to close this picture