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1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1971 Pontiac Firebird was very much the same as the 1970 Firebird model. Changes were limited to some minor interior changes and a new motor option.

As in previous years, the Trans Am edition received front and rear air dams, scoops, upgraded suspension, motor, and decal packages. The suspension on Trans Am's was upgraded to include massive torsion bars, heavy duty disc/drum brakes, and quick ratio steering.

The big news for 1971 was GM's motor changes to run the cars on unleaded gasoline. Gone were the Ram Air 400 motors, althought a 400cid was still available. The new addition to the lineup were two 455cid motors. The performance oriented 455 was available in the Trans Am and was rated at 335hp and 480lbs/ft of torque.

1970 Trans Am

1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Production Information:

Firebird 400: 7,800
Trans Am: 2,200


Cid HP Info
250 110 6 cyl
250 155 6 cyl
350 250 2 bbl
400 300  
455 325  
455 335 HO


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