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Pontiac Firebird

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I love 67's...I would take one of those over any f-body I think...I jsut always loved the look of them...
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Nick, the '67 is my favorite as well. Pontiac got that signature front end just perfect. It is my favorite front of any car anytime.
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First gens aren't my favorite. The '67s aren't bad, but '69s are. I just don't like them that much. My absolute favorite is the '98-'02 4th gen followed by all 3rd gens and '74-'76 2nd gens.
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I love those first gens too! My dad had a '73 Firbird back in high school. The grille on that '69 that Harley posted is a classic...that is one of my favorite Firebirds. I also like the '79-'81 ones with the square headlights, third gens, and fourth gen Formulas. Edited by mustang84
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While I love V8 Firebirds the best, like the 400 with 325 hp, this car was introduced with a very interesting 6 cyl engine as well. It was very unusual for Detroit at the time. It was an overhead cam and had an industry first: belt-drive instead of chain. It made it a very quiet and mellow sounding car. It was rated at 215 hp and because of the less weight at the front reportedly was a very nice handling and responsive car.
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How is it that the first gen Firebird and Camaro are the best? *puts on flame suit* I hate the late model Firebirds, Camaros, and Mustangs.
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My brother has a '68 coupe that's been quaranteened to the drag strip. Body is completely stock: medium blue, flat hood, painted roof. Only non-factory exterior items are a battery shut off in the rear fascia and no wipers. Oh, and the wheels don't appear stock either (Auto Drags). I have always liked the shape of the 1st gen way mroe than any subsequent gen, tho most all are appealing. There's something so pure & elemental about the '67-68; timeless.
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'67s and '68s are ok, but I don't much care for the '69s. It's funny because I like the '69 Camaro the best of the first gen, followed by the '68 then the '67; it's completely opposite.
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I love the 67-68s the best..I love the one from Matrix Reloaded...
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It was the same for me, the '69 wasn't my favorite. I think it was that black rubber insert around the front grill. Slightly offputting. But in a darker color would make that disappear a bit.

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I always liked the linear horizontal look of Pontiac grills with the divider in the middle...I hope they go back to this. The current Pontiac and BMW grills are too similar.

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A friend I had in Maryland had a '67 coupe. The color could best be described as "Majestic Amethyst", the new-for-'06 purple haze color on the GMs. I know GM had a similar color back then... dag, what was it called? Something "orchid"? I forget now. :unsure: Edited by ocnblu
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I always liked the linear horizontal look of Pontiac grills with the divider in the middle...I hope they go back to this.  The current Pontiac and BMW grills are too similar.

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I agree with your comment on the grille. A modernized version of this grille is exactly what I think should be on the next GTO instead of yet another tired rehash of the twin kidneys. And I also prefer the '67 and '68 look over the '69.

If and when the F-body comes back, I wish they could bring back a Firebird version that's positioned just slightly upmarket to the Camaro. Firebirds always had more style than the Camaro, though the later versions were a bit overstyled.
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that black '68 is PRETTY! I'd have to say '68 is my favorite first gen f-bodies. they're a little cleaner than '67's.
those '69's though are gorgeous, too.
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When it comes to Camaros 1969 will ALWAYS be my favorite year. It's my favorite car of all time. I'd take a '69 Yenko over any Ferrari, Lamborghini or Viper or whatever... I simply love the '69. I like my '68 only a fraction less than a '69 but I bought it cause it was too good of a deal to pass up.

Now as far as Firebirds go the '68 is my favorite year. The '69 nose was too beak-heavy and the chrome on the front just never looks as nice IMHO. That being said I'd take a '69 Tarns Am over any HemiCuda or Challenger or soem other unoriginal GM ponycar rippoff.

Also don't forget the '67-'69 base-model Firebirds were powerred by a OHC inline-six that was pretty damn modern for it's day... I'd love a 68 hi-output OHC-6, 4-speed ragtop for a summer car. :wub:

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I agree, Sixty8, that OHC 6 is a great engine. It was very innovative and very different for an American automaker.

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