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Decor Trim Options
Firebird Decor Trim was essentially unchanged from 1970 except that Vinyl Body Side moldings appeared for the first time.  What was changed was how the options were ordered.  The 431/Y80 Decor Option Group (roof drip moldings, hood rear edge moldings, belt reveal moldings, and wheel opening moldings) was dropped and the moldings became avaiable a' la carte.
Option Description  
484/B85
Belt Reveal Moldings (Standard Esprit): includes hood Rear Edge Molding.
 
481/B80 481/B80 Moldings, Roof Drip (Standard Esprit included with Cordova Top (SVT/C08)  
491/B96
Front and Rear Wheel Opening Moldings (Standard Esprit, not available on Trans Am)
 
494/B84 494/B84 Vinyl Body Side Moldings - Black(Standard Esprit, not available on Trans Am)  
492/B93
492/B93 Door Edge Guards
 
     
   Yellow indicates new option  
     
     
   
 
 
Rocker Panel Covering

The standard rocker panel for the Base Firebird and Formula was the spear shaped chrome piece shown at the top right.  Trans Am rocker panels were plain and never had chrome trim.  This rocker trim had a single part number (481546) since it could be used on the right or left side of the car. 

Esprit came standard with a wider chrome rocker cover that butted flushly against the standard chrome wheel lip moldings.  This trim was wider than the standard and carried separate part numbers for right and left (481539 right and 481540 left).

The wider chrome piece was an Esprit only item but it is common to see these on restored Formula's.  Do your homework because most times when you see this rocker panel you are looking at an Esprit cloned into a Formula and not an original Formula.

 
This molding remained unchanged since 1970
 
 
 
 
 
Roof Drip Molding/Belt Reveal

Roof drip mouldings remained an individual option for 1971 but the sales code changed from 741 to 481.  The UPC code remained the same, B80.

At the far left is a car without the option, note that the vertical chrome trim piece is still present which is correct.  To the right is a car with the chrome drip moulding installed.  You will find that most cars had this option installed.  Without it rain would drip over the roof when you opened the door.

Also seen at right is the wider belt reveal molding, and individual option now that included hood rear edge moldings.  Cars without the Belt Reveal Molding had a rubber seal with a very small bead of chrome. The Belt Reveal moulding was a wide chrome piece. 

 
This molding remained unchanged since 1970
 
 
Hood Rear Edge/Wheel Lip

Completing the Belt Reveal Molding option 484/B85 for Base Firebird, Formula, and Trans Am are the Hood Rear Edge Molding shown at the left. 

Shown at right is the wheel lip molding on a Formula with the correct spear shaped rocker molding.  The Esprit had a 3" chrome rocker cover shown in the Rocker Panel Cover Section.

These moldings were unchanged since 1970
 
 
         
 
 
Hood Rear Edge/Wheel Lip

Option 684/B93 was continued as an individual option for 1971.  This trim was merely a strip of chrome that attached to the edge of each door on the outer side and was designed to prevent the door edge from being scratched or chipped when the door inadvertently made contact with an object.

As in 1970 this option was not available on the Trans Am.

This molding remained unchanged since 1970
 
 
 
Cordova Top Molding

A unique pice of trim came with the Cordova top option.  For 1970 to 1975 this trim piece capped off the vinyl top in brilliant chrome. 

The Cordova top also included the Roof Drip Moldings (741/B80) to complete the chrome surround.

The Cordova Top option was not available on Trans Am.

 
This molding remained unchanged since 1970
 
 
 
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