Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
Pontiac was still a major player in the performance business when this 1971 Pontiac Firebird was built, complete with a 350 cubic inch V8, making it as much fun to drive as it is to look at. The market is moving on these cars, and this high-visibility example still attracts attention everywhere it goes.
Repainted a vivid shade of dark green that sure looks like traditional Laurentian Green, this Firebird is exactly the opposite of subtle. Forget all the jokes about flying chickens on the hood, because those iconic graphics are popular for a reason: they make this car look fast sitting still. We'd venture that was exactly the reason the owner's elected to include the decal set during the repaint. It was apparently a clean, honest car before the repaint, too, and has ended up as an ultra-sharp reminder of what performance was like in the '70s. Gaps are decent all around, and Pontiac gave it a great look with a vinyl top, modestly aggressive front bumper, and a ducktail spoiler out back, all of which remain in good shape. The paint is not perfect, of course, but it's got an awesome look that'll stand out among all the Trans Ams you see at shows.
Bucket seats were the best way to travel in 1971, and the classic color combination of dark on light ensures that this Poncho will always be in demand by collectors. The seats are comfortable and supportive thanks to firm foam underneath, and the seat covers themselves are nice reproductions that show some slight wear since the restoration. The center console houses the original shifter for the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission as well as a handy storage bin, and the gauges look quite good considering their age. The original AM radio is gone, replaced by a modern head unit, but it was installed neatly into the factory slot. The trunk is in decent shape with a carpetted mat and has plenty of room for all the usual car show accessories.
While a lot of engines were starting to taper down on horsepower in the early 70s, Pontiac engineers were better than most at keeping their top engines at the top of the horsepower charts, and the 350 cubic inch V8 in this Firebird is a certainly a good runner too. Thanks to proper maintenance and minimal modifications, it runs great, so it's ready to enjoy without worries. It wears Pontiac Turquoise paint, finned valve covers, and 4-barrel under a compact Holley air cleaner. Stock style manifolds feed a newer dual exhaust system that probably adds a few horsepower, and definitely provides a low rumble the neighbors can hear. The chassis is in great condition with solid floors that show-off years spent in dry conditions, and a set of reasonable gears in back make it an effortless cruiser. Driving is considerably enhanced thanks to power steering and front disc brakes bring the whole show to an abrupt stop. Wheels are off-set chrome five-spokes with Pontiac center caps, wrapped in 225/50/17 (front) and 255/45/18 (rear) blackwall radials at all four corners.
Five years ago, we told you that this day was coming, and now it's here. '70s Firebirds are red hot and climbing the market faster than almost anything else. Don't wait another day, call us now!