An overhead shot of a 1973 Pontiac Firebird pony car/muscle car model parked in a grass field with a red paint color option and a phoenix hood decal
1973 Pontiac Firebird | Bob D’Olivo|Gerry Stiles/The Enthusiast Network via Getty Images/Getty Images

The Pontiac Firebird was a muscle car/pony car model produced and sold by the Pontiac division of General Motors (GM). Built during the height of the age of muscle car models, the Firebird didn’t survive to the modern era but still exists as a historic car that’s heavily featured in pop culture and sought after by collectors.

The Firebird name comes from a series of General Motors concept cars and prototypes developed in the 1950s. This led to the Pontiac Firebird, which was first designed to compete against the Ford Mustang (and later its counterpart, the Mercury Cougar) and shared a platform with the Chevrolet Camaro under the umbrella of GM. However, the Firebird differed from the Camaro in design, with several Pontiac aesthetic staples, including its integrated grille and headlights and “slit” taillights.

The Pontiac Firebird ran for four generations but was discontinued in 2002 due to the company’s financial problems, which later resulted in the Pontiac brand closing in 2010. However, the Firebird remains a beloved icon for collectors and in pop culture.

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  • 2002 Pontiac Firebird (Starting MSRP $20,050)
  • Pros: The Pontiac Firebird pony car/muscle car exhibited thrilling performance no matter the engine option, providing a lot of fun at a budget price for its class.
  • Cons: Some drivers found the design of the Firebird to be over-the-top and try-hard. Elsewhere, its interior was filled with cheap plastic, and it provided poor visibility from the driver’s seat.
  • See Also: Camaro and Cougar

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