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Pontiac Firebird H.O.


Pontiac Firebird H.O.

The Pontiac Firebird was not regarded as a major contender in the muscle-cars wars, being overshadowed by the Camaro from which it was derived. Arriving in 1968, the base Firebird came with manual steering and brakes, though most buyers opted for power versions of both, which totally transformed the car. Inside it used buckets seats and extra deep-set gauges for a sporty feel. The H.O. model wasn't the most powerful engine available (the 400ci/6.5-liter took that crown) bill the 350ci (5.7-liter) did have a long duration camshaft, 10.25:1 compression and big valves to achieve its impressive power. While it was barely slower than the bigger-engined car, it was much cheaper, so was a good seller. The four-speed manual was the gearbox to have, while at the rear the 10-bolt, leaf-sprung axle could be ordered with the Safe-T-Track limited-slip differential and a variety of gear ratios.

Pontiac Firebird H.O. Specifications

Top speed:114 mph (182 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.9 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:350 ci (5,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:320 bhp (239 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:380 lb ft (514 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:3,740 lb (1,700 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.2 km/I)
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