1975 Firebirds

With the oil shortages the focus was now more on fuel economy and clean air than horsepower. The emmissions era had begun and all Firebird models were installed with power robbing catalytic converters and lower compression engines. Esprit's power trains were now identical to the base Firebird with the standard L22 6 cylinder engine with the only option being the L30 350 2bbl. Formula did not share the base/Esprit 350 this year getting a 4 bbl 350 as standard equipment. The Trans Am 400 was optional in the Formula line. The Formula 455 model was dropped and the Trans Am initially was offerred with only a 400. Due to public demand the 455 was brought back mid-year and was offerred only with a 4 speed manula transmission. Called the 455 HO this engine was taken from the full size car line with low compression (7.6:1) and making only 200hp at a low 3600rpm.
1975 Firebird Esprit
While horsepower and torque were on the decline Firebird production was gaining exponentilly hitting another all time high with sales of 84,063, almost double 1973 sales. Much of the sales increase came from Trans Am with sales of 27,274, more than twice the sales of 1974 and the first time that Trans Am would outsell Formula! Trans Am color choices were expanded to 4 this year with Sterling Silver joining the palate with new charcal/red decals. This color proved very popular. Cameo White, Buccaneer Red, continued and Admiralty Blue became Stellar Blue. The future would see continued popularity and diversity of Trans Am.
Identifying a '75 is easy. Look for the black rubber bumper strips (same as '74) with a larger wrap-around rear window. The '76 is differentiated by its smooth "bumperless" valance. This year was the only of the second generation, second revision style that had turn signals in the grilles and horizontal slats versus the vertical of '74 and the honeycomb design of '76. The holes in the lower valance that carried the turn signals in the '74 had block off plates installed. Gone for good was the Ram Air option that made the Formula hood scoops function (Trans Am hoods were blocked since 1973) and the dual snorkel hood would be discontinued after this year.

1975 Production Numbers

  Firebird (Base) 22,293
  Esprit 20,826
  Formula 13,670
  Trans Am 27,274
  Total 84,063

1975 Base Firebird Production

  Engine Manual Automatic Total
  All engines - - 22,293

1975 Esprit Production

    Transmission    
    Manual Automatic Total  
  All engines - - 20,826  

1975 Formula Production

    Transmission  
    Manual Automatic Total
  All engines - - 13,670

1975 Trans Am Production

   
Transmission
  Engine Option
Manual
Automatic
Total
  L78 400 6,140 20,277 26,417
  L75 455 HO
857
-
857
  Total 6,997 20,277 27,274

Firebird Optional Equipment

  Option Total
Percent
  V-8 Engine 75,749 90.1*
  6 Cylinder Engine 8,314 9.9*
  Transmission-Automatic 70,941 84.4*
  Transmission-4Speed 10,775 12.8*
  Transmission-3 Speed 2,347*** 2.8*
  Power Brakes 79,440** 94.5*
  Front Wheel Disc Brakes 84,063** 100.0*
  Limited Slip Differential 31,440** 37.4*
  Power Steering 84,063 100.0*
  Power Windows 15,124 19.0*
  Air Conditioning 54,378 64.7*
  Adjustable Steering Column 25,098 29.9*
  Vinyl Roof 8,577  
  Radial Tires 76,750** 91.3
Source: The Fabulous Firebird by Michael Lamm
* Source: Firebird! America's Premiere Performance Car by Gary Witzenburg
**Source: Estimated based on percentages published in Witzenburg's Firebird!
***Derived from subtracting Auto and 4 speed from toatl production
Note: Numbers published in Fabulous Firebird may not correlate with percentages published in Firebird! America's Premiere Performance Car.
1975 Firebird Formula and Trans Am

What else was happening in 1975

Apollo Suyuz joint American-Russian Space Mission
Top movie for 1975: Jaws
Billboard's Number 1 hit song: Love Will Keep Us Together by the Captain and Tenille
Saigon falls to communism ending the Vietnam war.
Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC.
Gerald Ford, President of the United States
Rich Man, Poor Man debuts on ABC as the first television mini-series.