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Marc Cranswick's latest edition of the authoritative book on General Motors' luxurious F body variant, the Firebird, is now more comprehensive than ever. This expanded version includes a new foreword and five new sections from the iconic Firebird designer, John Schinella. With 128 additional photographs and an extra 24 pages, Cranswick vividly recounts the Firebird's evolution into a celebrated American classic.
Over four decades, the Pontiac Firebird stood out in the American performance car landscape, evolving from a pony car competitor to a symbol of automotive excellence. The book delves into the Firebird's journey, mirroring the evolution of mainstream American cars: from V8s to turbocharged engines, and from high-output motors to pioneering powertrains. The Firebird's widespread popularity, boosted by its significant presence in TV shows and movies, solidified its place in popular culture and automotive history.
This book tracks the Firebird through various eras: from the speed-focused 1960s, through the fuel-efficient and emission-conscious 1970s, the performance revival of the 1980s, and into the 1990s. It pays special attention to various models, especially the high-performance Formula and Trans Am, and includes an appendix with detailed specifications and statistics of sixteen notable models spanning 35 years.
Cranswick's book is an exhaustive exploration of the Firebird's story, covering its social, economic, and cultural impacts, highlighting its unique place in Pontiac's history. This edition, with its extensive updates, captivating images, and a wealth of information, is the definitive resource for understanding the Firebird's legacy in automotive design, cultural influence, and motorsport achievements.
It's a must-read for enthusiasts, detailing everything from the Firebird's design evolution to its iconic status in entertainment and its racing accomplishments. The appendices provide additional resources for Firebird enthusiasts, including club information and specific model guides.
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