Firebird Interesting Facts
New Honeycomb Grille Insert
The easiest way to tell a 1972 Firebird or Trans Am from the 1970 to 1973 models is by the honeycomb grille insert. This grille was used this one year only and was designed to match the theme of the Pontiac honeycomb wheels that were optional on the Firebird line.
New Plastic Valance Panel
The plastic valance panel debuted on the 1972 Firebird and differed from the metal ones of 1970 and 1971. You can tell the plastic units by the lower lip "spoiler" and the fact that the intake holes are fully surrounded by material versus the notched out look of the earlier versions. Many 1972 Firebirds did receive the previous years metal valances as service replacements since the plastic units were not very durable. The plastic valance is correct for factory built Firebirds.
The Cordova Top (SVT/C08) received a ne
Special Order Colors
One Cardinal Red Trans Am was reportedly built for the president of SCCA racing in 1972. Pontiac wanted to provide a Trans Am for the president's use but was turned down because the president only drover red cars. The car still exists and was sold a few years ago. This car appreared in Gary Witzenburg' book, Firebird, America's Premier Performance Car in 1982.
Several other Trans Ams were built with special order colors including one Adriatic blue, one Starlight Black, and another in Revere Silver