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Exterior Colors

 

C - Cameo White (11)
Trans Am Color
V - Sterling Silver
Trans Am Color
W - Graystone (15) D - Arctic Blue (24)
F - Bimini Blue (26)
E- Stellar Blue (29)
Trans Am Color
L - Lakemist Green (44) M - Alpine Green (49)

G - Carmel Beige (50)

T - Sunstorm Yellow (51) H - Sandstone (55) J - Ginger Brown (58)
Y - Copper Mist (63) Z - Persimmon (64) P - Honduras Maroon (74)
R - Buccaneer Red (75)
Trans Am Color
For year to year comparisons click here.
SVT/C08 Cordova Top
The vinyl top for 1972 was still referred to as a a pebble grain texture but now featured a new "wet look" replacing the non-glossy, or flat look, of 1970 to 1971.    The Firebird Cordova top for 1970 to 1975 covered the entire roof and wrapped around the rear window. Roof drip moldings (Option741/B80) was included as well as bright trim surrounding the vinyl.  For year to year comparisons click here.
White (1)
Cordovan (4)
Blue (7)
Black (2)
Green (5)
Red (8)
Sandstone (3)
Burgundy (6)
Silver (9)
 
Option 631/D98 Firebird Accent Stripes
 
Stripes were carried over unchanged from 1974.  Colors again were Black/Light Blue/Dark Blue, Black/Dark Orange/Lt Orange, and Black/Dark Green/Light Green. 
Recommended Stripe Color Usage Chart
Strip Colors Available with
Black/Dark Orange/Lt. Orange
C - Cameo White
G - Carmel Beige
H - Denver Gold
K - Gulfmist Aqua
R - Buccaneer Red
S - Honduras Maroon
T - Sunstorm Yellow
V - Ascot Silver
W - Fire Coral Bronze
Y - Colonial Gold
Z - Crestwood Brown
Black/Light Blue/Dark Blue
E - Admiralty Blue
F - Regatta Blue
Black/Dark Green/Light Green
J - Limefire Green
M - Fernmist Green
N - Pinemist Green
 
 
     
 
1. Nose Panel Emblems
For 1975 the nose bird was altered losing the metal flash between the tail feathers and wings.  The parts manual show the bird at the right as correct for all 1974 to 1976 Firebirds so it is possible that the original design was altered at some point in 1974.  Conversely the flashless design may have just bee the service replacement.  Either way the bird shown at the right is correct for 1975 and 1976 Firebirds.
9. Spoiler
 
Option 631 UPC D80
 
In 1975 the rear spoiler continued to be offered as an option on the Formula and Base Firebird.  It would not be until 1976 that you could order the spoiler for an Esprit.
 
10. Fender Emblems/Graphics
  Firebird and Esprit
 
The Firebird fenders dropped the bird emblem used in '72 and '73 and returned to the standard Firebird script. Models equipped with 350 or 400 engines carried badges below the Firebird script. The 350 emblem shown below should be colored red.  These are very rare to see.
 
Formula

1973 Formula fender badges were identical to 1972 with the bird emblem installed at the leading edge.

This style would be used through 1975.  In 1976 decals would call out the Formula models.

 

Trans Am

Trans Am lettering continued for 1974 with teh green decals being dropped.  Admiralty Blue used the existing blue decals that were installed on Cameo White cars.  The red and blue decals were unchanged from 1973 and still were a one piece with lettering over clear decal. 

 
12. Rear Deck lid/Spoiler
 
Deck Lid Bird Emblem
Firebird, Esprit, and Formula's trunk lids were adorned with a small bird emblem on the rear trunk lid just above the valance, unless the rear spoiler was ordered on the Formula. This bird is similar to the bird used on the nose but as you can that there are sharper ridges between the feathers and this emblem lays flat where the nose emblem conforms to the slight curvature of the nose.  The part number shows that this bird was used from 1970 to 1974 but later birds were identical until 1981.  The part number change was most likely just a conversion to a new numbering scheme.
 
Trunk Lid PONTIAC Emblem
For non-spoiler equipped Firebirds a new Pontiac emblem adorned the rear decklid on the right hand side and the bottom edge of the trunk. Interestingly when the 1974 model debutted there was no Pontiac identifiaction on the rear of the car at all after the large PONTIAC lettering disappeared after 1973. 
 
 
Base Firebird and Formula Rear Decals (Right)
For 1974 both the blck and white spoiler birds from 1973 were again offerred but 3 new colors joined the option list. The new additions were three color versus the mono-tone offerings carried over.  The new decals were Black/Lt Blue/Med Blue, Black/Lt Orange/Dk Orange, and Black/Lt Green/Med Green.
charcoal    
   
TRANS AM Rear Spoiler Decals (Below)
Two of the Trans Am rear spoiler decals were carried over from 1973: the Black/Blue and the Black/Orange.  The Green was dropped when the Brewster Green color for Trans Am was dropped in favor of the Admiralty Blue shade.  The same decal used for White cars was shared on the Trans Am.  The decal was one large unit printed on a clear rectangle instead of the individually cut letters. 
 
 
13. Exterior Rear View Mirrors
The base Firebird came with a chrome driver's side rear view mirror as shown on the bottom left.  Second Generation Esprit, Formula, and Trans Am would always come with dual "bullet" style rear view mirrors (one on each side of the car) with the driver's side being adjusted with a small lever on the door panel.  Option 434/D35: Dual Body Color Mirrors made the dual bullet style mirrors available on the base Firebird as well. Because of being standard on Esprit, Formula, and Trans Am throughout the Second Gen run and being available on Base Firebirds the chrome rear view mirror is extremely rare to see these days.
 
14. Decor Molding Options

Except for the addition of Vinyl Body Side Moldings the Decor Trim offering for 1971 was identical to 1970.  What differed was that now each set of moldings was available as a separate option and the Decor Molding Group (431/Y80) was dropped.  Belt Reveal/Rear Hood Edge Moldings (484/B85), Front and Rear Wheel Well Moldings (491/B96) were now offered a' la carte.  Roof Drip Moldings (481/B80) and Door Edge Guards (492/B93) were again offered individually.

See Decor Molding Details for 1974

 
15. Formula and Trans Am Exhaust Tip
 

The Formula and Trans Am received dual chrome plated exhaust tips as standard equipment to compliment the dual exhaust.  This particular exhaust arrangement would last through the 1975 model year.  In 1976 these were replaced with the chrome splitters that became very popular in the late 1970's.

The standard Base Firebird and Esprit had a similar exhaust pipe although in plain steel and only protruding from the driver's side.  The passenger side of these models was actually a smoother look with no exhaust tip at all.

 
 
 
   
2. Front Bumper Grilles
WSubtle changes were made to the 1975 grilles from its 1974 predecessor.  Most notable the turn signals were moved from the holes in the lower front valance into the outside of the grille openings for this one year only.  The grille slats also changed from vertical to horizontal.  The Pontiac emblem also changed now being the words Pontiac on a black slab instead of individually molded letters.  As in 1974 the Base and Esprit shared a natural color grille while the Formula an Trans Am shared a black out grille.
 
   
3. Hood Scoop Decals
TRANS AM

The Formula RAM AIR decals were now gone forever leaving only the Trans AM with hood scoop decals.  The fonts were changed this year to a three color design matching the fender and spoiler decal fonts. There were only two decals offerred in three colors, one for 400 equipped cars and the 455-HO decal for the 455 equipped cars that were offered mid-year.

The colors were Red/Orange for Buccaneer Red cars, Blue/Lt. Blue for Cameo White and Stellar Blue cars, and a new Charcoal/Red combination for the Sterling Silver cars.

 
   
4. Esprit Sail Panel Emblem
 

Esprit Sail Panel Emblem

The Esprit Emblem graced the Firebird Esprit sail panel from 1970 to 1975 in the form shown at right.  All other Firebirds had no adornment on the sail until 1976 when the bird emblem debuted there.  From 1976 on the Esprit emblem would move to the fender below the Firebird script.

 
Rear Valance Emblems
 
   
5. WindShield Wipers
From 1970 to 1975 the standard wipers on Base Firebird and Formula was exposed while the Esprit and Trans Am received Recessed, or hidden, windshield wipers.  This changed in 1976 where Esprit came standard with exposed wipers and Formula had recessed wipers as standard equipment. By checking option box 432/C24 any Firebird owner would could have Recessed Wipers.
Exposed Wipers (Standard on Firebird and Formula)
Concealed Wipers Option 432/C24.  Optional on Base Firebird and Formula, standard on Esprit and Trans Am.
 
   
6. Trans Am Fender Air Extractor
 
The Trans Am came standard with fender air extractors on each fender to let warm engine air out of the engine compartment and reduce lift on the front end at speed.  From 1970 to 1974 it is correct for the inner screen to be painted black.  From 1975 the grates were body color.
 
 
 
17. Trans Am Hood Decal (512/WW7)
The Hood Bird was carried over unchanged from 1973 exept that the green bird used on the Brewster Green trans Am was dropped.  The same blue bird used on Cameo White Trans Ams was now also used on the Admiralty Blue Trans Am, the new color for 1974. The smaller bumper bird decal was dropepd so if you did not order the large optional bird you got none.   See the Tran-Zam Hood Bird Guide
Blue/Lt. Blue/Black used on Cameo White Cars
Orange/Yellow/Black used on Buccaneer Red cars
Blue/Lt. Blue/Black used on Admiralty BlueCars
 
 
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