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1969 Pontiac Firebird

The 1969 Pontiac Firebird received some major styling revisions with a new front end this year. Noticeably different from the 1968 grill - buyers did not respond as Pontiac had anticipated.

Minor revisions took place under the hood. The Ram Air motor was renamed to the Ram Air IV and increased a minor horsepower increase. Still available were the HO, Ram Air II and Ram Air IV motors.

The Firebird 400 package was renamed to the Ram Air IV package this year. The new offering with the Trans Am option. It was planned to be a Sport Car Club of America racing package. All Trans Am cars came in polar white with brilliant blue stripes. The cars also included small hood scoops at the leading edge of the hood. the 400cid HO motor was standard on all Trans Am's. However, the Ram Air IV was an option - only 50 were sold.

The Trans Am included a heavy duty floorshit, special interior trim, rear wing, and special paint packages. In reality, these cars were better drag cars than road racers. However, it didn't stop Pontiac from selling a few hundred of them before the 1970 model was introduced.

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Production Information:

Hardtop Coupe: 76,059
Convertible: 11,649
Trans Am Hardtop: 634
Trans Am Convertible: 8

Models:

Hardtop, convertible, Trans Am

Cid HP Info
250 175 6 cyl
250 215 6 cyl
350 265 2 bbl
350 320 HO
400 330 4bbl
400 335 HO
400 335 Ram Air III
400 345 Ram Air IV

 

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