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Because the Banshee had proven popular with showgoers, Pontiac adapted its assertive snout to lead off a facelift. Learn more about the details surrounding the 1991 Pontiac Firebird Convertible.

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After a close call with extinction, the Firebird's future now seemed assured with the 1993 Pontiac Firebird. Learn more about the details surrounding the 1993-1994 Pontiac Firebirds in this article.

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By 1988, Pontiac Firebirds were proving less popular than Camaros, but they held a loyal following of buyers from different age groups, who relished its flashy styling and muscular performance. Learn more about the 1988 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA in this article.

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Shedding the vestiges of mannerly behavior, the Trans Am emerged for 1985 with a more assertive demeanor, wearing an expanded version of the aero component package offered for 1984. Learn more about the 1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in this article.

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Nothing terribly dramatic struck the Firebird lineup for 1986, yet sales took an impressive leap upward -- though this would be the final year in which production could be measured in six figures. Learn more about the 1986 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in this article.

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High-performance aficionados gained a new choice-a beastly, if not nasty, GTA rendition of the long-lived Trans Am. Learn more about the 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA in this article.

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Other General Motors vehicles had downsized in the late 1970s, and now it was Firebird's turn, shrinking to a 101-inch wheelbase and losing more than eight inches in overall length. Learn more about the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

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If four-speed manual shift helped Trans Am owners get the most out of their road machines, surely five would help even more. Read more about the 1983 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and it's new 5-speed engine.

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Designed in seclusion, the Avanti (the Italian word for "forward") was a styling sensation that gave Studebaker President Sherwood Egbert a brief shining moment before the company discontinued the line.

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Mustang not only gained a facelift in 1969, but also its own hot versions, the Mach 1 and Boss 302/429. Tradition demanded that Shelby Mustangs, including the 1969 Shelby GT-350 and GT-500 be somewhat faster, but it wasn't going to be easy.

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Pontiac stylists had the ability to periodically impart a refreshing new look to the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and Formula without serious modifications to the actual sheetmetal. Learn more about these Pontiacs in this article.

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The 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and 10th Anniversary Trans Am debuted a new look for Firebirds. Learn more the 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and the 10th Anniversary Trans Am in this article.

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Even before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into the thick of World War II, the jeep's service with the Allied forces was making it almost legendary. Learn about jeep design and roles the jeep filled after World War II.

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Mustang put on weight and inches for 1967, and the Shelby followed suit. To keep the car's weight down and its appearance distinctive, Shelby designers created a custom fiberglass front end to complement the production Mustang's longer bonnet.

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Although Pontiac was known as a performance leader in the 1950s, it was the Pontiac Firebird that helped solidify that reputation. Learn more in this article about the 1960's Pontiac Firebirds.

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Bill Mitchell, GM's design chief, had complained that the first Firebird "had no real identity." This was not the case with the 1970 1/2 Pontiac Firebird. Learn more about this muscle car here.

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Because both the 350-and 400-cid V-8 engines were available this year, the 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula model lost its "400" suffix. Learn more about the 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula in this article.

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The original '65 Shelby GT-350 was probably as close to a street-legal racing car as was ever offered by an American company. The brains behind the brawn? A Texas chicken farmer turned Ferrari race car driver named Carroll Shelby.

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Trans Am already was in the process of developing a legion of aficionados, but you wouldn't know it from the year-end figures from 1972. Learn more about rare 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

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A bold new eggcrate grille decorated the front end of the base Firebird, Esprit, and the 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula; but something far bolder could be tucked beneath the Formula's hood. Learn more about the details surrounding the 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula.

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By the time the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hit the market, Trans Ams had found their niche. Despite ever-higher prices, output rose again as Pontiac sold one Trans Am for every three Firebirds. Learn more about the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

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The 1976 Pontiac Formula Firebird had a new appearance package that featured bold FORMULA graphics along door bottoms and rocker panels. Learn more about the 1976 Pontiac Formula Firebird in this article.

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"Plymouth is out to win you over," said the ads, and they didn't lie. With a re-vamped Barracuda, a transformed Valiant and a solid line of Belvederes, Plymouth jumped back in the game in a major way.

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It's amazing what steady cultivating can do -- with a few interim changes, Plymouth's disappointing 1962 "standards" roared back with the 1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX. These models soon sold more than a quarter-million copies.

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The 1907-1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is hailed by some as the, "Best Car in the World." To this day, this car is the most famous and most desirable antique car in history. Learn about the seminal 1907-1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

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