By Mark Nobes

Firstly, the video above features an awesome homemade KITT replica model which looks absolutely stunning!

If you happen to bring up the subject of 70s and 80s American performance cars, then you can't fail to include the Pontiac Firebird. Driven by Burt Reynolds in the classic 70's movie Smokey And The Bandit (a 1977 Trans Am special edition), more than one million were sold in the U.S. In 1980, a turbo model was used in Smokey And The Bandit II.

The Trans Am was the fastest Firebird model, and featured a 290 bhp engine (455 cu V8), but could be easily modified into a much more powerful machine. Models built in the early 70's were more high-performance, but the introduction of emissions laws meant that the power had to be reduced. By 1977, 400cu was the most powerful model available. In the same year, a redesign saw four squared headlamps replacing the two round ones at the front end. In 1979 there was another restyle and in 1981 a third generation of Firebirds was created. 

Probably the most famous of all the Firebird's was KITT, the car driven by Michael Knight (Played, of course, by David Hasselhoff) in the 80's TV series Knight Rider. KITT was a modified third generation Trans Am. 

Pontiac Firebird Generations:

First Generation         1967-1969

Second Generation   1970-1981

Third Generation        1982-1992

Fourth Generation      1993-2002

M2 Machines 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 HO


Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

Photo: The 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Series. 

1968 Pontiac Firebird 400, Dutch licence registration DM-57-71 p1
1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 (Dutch plate) by AlfvanBeem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


70s Firebird
70s Trans Am by Karrmann (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Pontiac Firebird 400

 The Pontiac Firebird was built from 1967 until 2002 by the Pontiac division of General Motors.

1968 Pontiac Firebird


Pontiac Firebird.jpg
1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible. By Morven at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1977497

Pontiac Firebird Trans AM 1969

Pontiac Firebird Trans AM (1969)

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1971

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (1971)

1971 Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 (1974)

Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 (1974)

Pontiac Firebird Convertible (1991)

Pontiac Firebird Convertible (1991)