When you think of American classics, the Pontiac Firebird is up there. It had a long production run from 1967 to 2002. It was first designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar. Its release in February 1967 coincided with GM’s Chevrolet Camaro and the 1967 Mercury Cougar. Throughout the Firebird’s run, there have been four generations and special editions. This 1974 Firebird listed with Mecum Auctions is from the second generation, which ran from 1970 to 1981. The debut of the second generation Firebirds was initially delayed due to tooling and engineering issues, which humorously dubbed the model a 1970½ model. This generation only came in coupe form and had four models: Firebird Base, Esprit, Formula, and Trans-Am.
The 1974 Pontiac Firebird Formula is known for its shovel-nose front end and wide slotted tail lights. The model was driven by Jim Rockford in the pilot movie and first season of The Rockford Files. The character updated to the next model year every season. It’s an iconic car throughout the decades.
Blast from the past with custom updates
The custom Firebird comes from the Dallas and Ammie Hawkins Collection, a private collection from Dallas Hawkins, the sole proprietor of Midwest Muscle Cars in Michigan. Buying and selling collector cars has been a hobby of Hawkins’ for decades, but he favored buying over selling. The collection has been in his hands for decades but as his facility is getting full, Hawkins is offering more than 20 cars for auction. This Firebird will be up for auction this July.
The car is a custom resto mod built with the styling of a 1971 Firebird Formula. It has a Katech LS3 V8 engine and 566 hp with 512-lb-ft of torque. Other highlights include:
- Forged Mahle pistons
- Monster 4L70E transmission
- GM 10 bolt rear with Auburn Positraction, Moser axles and 3.08 gears
- BMR 4-link with torsion bar
- QA1 upper and lower control arms
- 4-corner QA1 coilovers
- Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
- Aluminum radiator with Derale electric fans
- Pypes 3 inch stainless exhaust, coated Hedman headers
- Coleman Racing aluminum driveshaft
As for the style, the car is dove gray with a black interior. There are auto meter gauges in carbon fiber cluster, Coreau seats, a Budnik steering wheel, B&M shifter, and Foose Nitrous wheels. Buy Here