1974 Firebird Exterior Details
  Tran-Zam Home
  1974 Links
    Exterior Details
    Interesting Facts
    Firebird Gallery
  Firebird Information
    Spotter's Guide
    Color Guide
    Hood Bird Guide
    1970 Home
    1971 Home
    1972 Home
    1973 Home
    1974 Home
    1975 Home
    1976 Home
    1977 Home
    1978 Home
    1979 Home
    1980 Home
    1981 Home
Exterior Colors
C - Cameo White (11)
Trans Am Color
F - Regatta Blue (26)
E - Admiralty Blue (29)
Trans Am Color
K - Gulfmist Aqua (36)
M - Fernmist Green (40) J - Limefire Green (46) N - Pinemist Green (49) G - Carmel Beige (50)
T - Sunstorm Yellow  (51) H - Denver Gold (53) Y - Colonial Gold (55) Z - Crestwood Brown (59)
V - Ascot Silver (64) W - Fire Coral Bronze (66) S - 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.
1 - White
      2 - Black
3 - Beige
4 - Russet
5 - Green
6 - Burgundy
7- Blue
8 - Brown
9 - Saddle
0 - Taupe
Option 631/D98 Firebird Accent Stripes
The design of the 1974 side stripes did not change from 1973 but only the Black/Light Blue/Dark Blue stripe was carried over unchanged. The colors were cut from 4 combinations to 3.  The 1973 Black/Orange/Black and the Black/Orange/Cream was changed to Black/Dark Orange/Lt Orange. The Black/Green/Yellow Stripe became Black/Dark Green/Light Green.  The usage chart in the 1974 Accessories Manual does not match the part number descriptions listing Black/Orange, Lt. Blue/Dk Blue/Black, Lime Green/Black, and Cream/Orange/Dark Brown as the available colors.
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
In 1974 a cast Bird Emblem would be standard on all models located between the grilles on the nose panel.  High performance Pontiac in their June 2012 issue detailed an original Super Duty car that had a differently designed bird than later models even though the part number in the manuals show the same part number from 1974 through 1976.  The bird below on the left is the earlier type while a '76 is shown on the left.  Notice the extra metal between the wings and the tail feathers on the earlier model.  It is unknown if the stle on the left was used for the entire 1974 model run or if it was changed at some point during the year.  The right hand bird is definitely correct for '75 and '76 models.
9. Spoiler
Option 631 UPC D80
In 1974 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.

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.
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.
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
With a totally new redesign the Firebird grilles were greatly simplified for 1974.  All models now had a smaller PONTIAC emblem installed in the driver's grille, even Trans Am which had been previously exempted from this emblem. The Base Firebird and Esprit had the natural appearance grilel on the below left photo where Formula and Trans Am had blacked out grilles shown on the right.  The inner housing is often seen painted black as well but that should also be natural in appearance. Note that 1974 was the only year to have vertical grilles, 1975 would introduce horizonatl grilles while 1976 used a hexagonal design.
3. Hood Scoop Decals

The Functional Ram Air hood soldiered on for one final year in 1974, after which hood scoops would be closed forever.  For 1974 option 514, The Ram Air Hood was only available with the 400 4 bbl engine (option 35S) and not the 455.   The RAM AIR decals were again available in black or white as they had been since 1972.


Trans Am Hood scoop call outs were simple fonts calling out engine size.  The decals were a direct carry over from 1973 except that the green decals were no longer offerred since the Brewster Green color was replaced by Admiralty Blue which carried blue decals.  Decals called out either SD-455 or 455.  Note that the base 400 equipped cars came with no decal on the hood scoop.  You may often see the latter style (three color) decals applied but no call out is corretc for these cars.   Decals were available in black for red cars and blue for white or blue cars.

The Super Duty Formula got the TA's hood scoop this year and shared the SD-455 decals with the Trans Am.  In addition to black or blue decals a white SD-455 was also offered depending on the exterior color. 

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
copyright 2012: