Greetings From Helsinki: Post-Knight Rider Pontiac Firebird Edition

Helsinki is Europe's northernmost capital, so being welcomed here with bit of a snowstorm on the first day of February didn't come as a surprise. As you can see, the locals also choose their vehicles wisely. » 2/01/15 7:46am 2/01/15 7:46am

Doing Donuts In A Serbian Pontiac Firebird

I wish I could take all of the backwards hat illest VeeDub crowd in America and show them how much actual Europeans like shitty American cars we all take for granted. » 1/27/15 1:00pm 1/27/15 1:00pm

See America, Even Icelandic People Drift Pontiacs

There are a lot of social problems in the United States today, most of them involving people pretending to care about soccer all of a sudden. The greatest ill, however, is the significant dearth of powersliding Pontiacs. » 6/16/14 1:00pm 6/16/14 1:00pm

This Pontiac Ad Is Such A Throwback It's Almost Scary

The Pontiac Firebird was the mysteriously unloved little brother to the Chevrolet Camaro. It's not that the people who did manage to buy one didn't like it, it's that so few people managed to buy one compared to its corporate stablemate. But that didn't stop Pontiac from advertising it at the Super Bowl. » 2/08/14 9:11am 2/08/14 9:11am

This Firebird Vs. Corvette Race Is Surprisingly Entertaining

A last-generation Firebird and a 1980s Corvette aren't the coolest cars in the world, and you don't exactly expect the two of them to race each other. But here they are, and they're racing, and it's pretty great. » 7/22/13 1:00pm 7/22/13 1:00pm

It's Bad When Your Car Gets Stolen And Returned In Better Condition

You know you neglect the upkeep on your car when it gets stolen and recovered in better condition than when it was pinched. » 4/09/13 5:00pm 4/09/13 5:00pm

Show Us The American Cars That Even Europeans Love

With gas prices at $7,50 a gallon, it doesn't make too much sense to have an American car in Europe. I guess that's why Detroit tries to sneak into the old continent with Chryslers rebadged as Lancias these days. » 12/17/12 3:00pm 12/17/12 3:00pm

That’s Why They Call It A Firebird

At last week's burnout competition in Vernon, Texas, one Firebird did a burnout so massive, the car caught on fire. As the announcer rightfully points out, that's why they call it a Firebird. » 8/17/12 1:00pm 8/17/12 1:00pm

Trying To Make A Statement? Buy A 1986 Pontiac Firebird

Why were people buying Pontiac Firebirds in 1986? According to this vintage dealer promo from the Pontiac "newsroom" it was—among a variety of other reasons—because people were looking to make a statement that was "just as characteristic as the car itself". » 6/10/12 4:00pm 6/10/12 4:00pm

1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula was a sophisticated breed of 'bird

Several decades later sophistication is hardly the word that comes to mind when you think about Pontiac Firebirds from the late 1970s, but that is the angle they were using to sell the Firebird Formula back in 1979. » 10/23/11 4:00pm 10/23/11 4:00pm

The Firebird made from fire

Photographer Gary Stubelick has mastered the technique of light painting and taken it to its natural zenith: Painting a Pontiac Firebird with a road flare. Check out his other work here. » 2/23/11 2:00pm 2/23/11 2:00pm

Storybook Ending Eludes Datsun 280ZX-Engined Firebird

We were hoping— without much basis in anything resembling reality— that the L28ET-powered 3rd-gen Firebird would utterly dominate this weekend's LeMons race. Sadly, a roaring engine fire ended the aptly named FireKats' run at a major trophy. » 7/11/10 9:45pm 7/11/10 9:45pm

Quaalude Residue Under Carpets Won't Save This '78 Trans Am From…

I was at the junkyard with Casadelshawn not long ago, doing research for the next Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, and there it was: Pure concentrated essence of late 1970s! » 7/11/10 11:00am 7/11/10 11:00am

Engine Swap Heroes: Datsun 280ZX Turbo Engine In Pontiac Firebird!

The small-block Chevrolet engine has proven to be one of the least reliable engines in 24 Hours of LeMons racing, but there's one that's even worse: the Nissan L28. Some teams see that as a challenge! » 7/10/10 2:00am 7/10/10 2:00am

The Firebreather: First Drive

Our first thought when we saw "The Firebreather," the hero car Classic Design Concepts built for Exxodus Pictures' new sci-fi flick Jinn, was "modern interpretation of a Firebird... cool!" The reality is it's much better... and much faster. » 7/08/10 3:00pm 7/08/10 3:00pm

Trans Am's Inherent Awesomeness Leads To Owner's Not-So-Awesome…

Of all the writers whose styles I've ripped off been influenced by over the years, none— not even James Ellroy— has had as much influence on the Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™ as Kevin Hoover of the Arcata Eye. » 6/05/10 3:00pm 6/05/10 3:00pm

The Firebreather: The Pontiac Firebird That Could Have Been

Michigan-based Exodus Films unveiled the hero-ride for their upcoming sci-fi flick, Jinn. It's "The Firebreather," a stylized take on what a new Pontiac Firebird might've been. Look familiar? It should. Better news? They're building 50 of them for public purchase. » 2/26/10 11:45am 2/26/10 11:45am

Firebird And Ice! Camo-Covered Trans Am Camaro Conversion Caught In Snow

There's a new Chevy Camaro, but with Pontiac dead, aftermarket shops are stepping into the Atlanta-bound-truck-trailer-filled-with-beer-sized breach, designing their own conversion kits for a new Trans Am. One shop's conveniently left theirs staged outside for a GMInsideNews forumite to photograph. » 2/14/10 12:00pm 2/14/10 12:00pm

LeMons Torture Test Results: Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird

Here's some advice for you prospective LeMons racers: don't buy a Camaro! If LeMons ever branches into drag racing, the Camaro will be an excellent choice, but the small-block Chevy engine has proven to be nothing but trouble in weekend-long endurance races. » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm