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The 1990 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 Is An Unasuming Muscle Car From A Very Bad Period

The 1990 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 Is An Unasuming Muscle Car From A Very Bad Period

It’s, possibly, the cleanest F-body you will ever see, and with a 350 V-8 paired to a five-speed manual, probably the quickest too.

If you are an American gearhead, you’ll probably agree that 1990 was not the greatest year when it comes to American performance cars. With that said, the Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 was one of the cars that proved there is a light at the end of the tunnel for GM. In 1990, the Formula 350 joined the ranks of the 1987 Buick GNX and the 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo 20th Anniversary as more attainable American alternatives to the Corvette as well as European sports cars. Moreover, this particular example, listed for sale on Classic Cars, proves that despite being a limited edition, such cars are still attainable.

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Pure Stock Drag Race: 1973 Pontiac Firebird SD 455 Vs 1961 Pontiac Catalina SD 421

Pure Stock Drag Race: 1973 Pontiac Firebird SD 455 Vs 1961 Pontiac Catalina SD 421

These classic Pontiacs lay down impressive numbers on the dragstrip while giving modern muscle cars a run for their money

Pure Stock drag racing pits some of the most iconic classic muscle cars against one another, in a classic, quarter-mile drag race. Once again, Cars And Zebras provides us with an awesome drag battle, this time between a 1961 Pontiac Catalina and a 1973 Pontiac Firebird. Both cars represent the pinnacle of their model year as they lay down numbers rivaling modern muscle cars.

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This Drag Race Between a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette And a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula Will Make You Sad About 1970s American Motoring

This Drag Race Between a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette And a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula Will Make You Sad About 1970s American Motoring

Two mid-1970s American icons have a drag race. Prepare to mourn the death of classic muscle cars as both vehicles take ages to go down the quarter-mile

We can all agree that muscle cars are one of the best things America has given to the world. However, it all went downhill after 1971 thanks to the fuel crisis. Carmakers were forced to de-tune their previously exciting vehicles, spawning a variety of fast-looking cars with a lackluster performance at best. Despite making next to no power, you could still drag race the cars, which is why Cars and Zebras has provided us with this drag race between a 1974 Corvette 350 and a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula.

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An Unlikely Contender Challenges The 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III To A Classic Drag Race

An Unlikely Contender Challenges The 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III To A Classic Drag Race

Don’t let this 1963 Studebaker Lark R2’s looks fool you. It has proper muscle car credentials. But can it run with the GTO Judge?

As you’ve probably noticed, we love drag races. This one comes from Road Test TV and is pretty straightforward. No narrative, no unnecessary drama, just a short spec list on both cars and the actual race, between two classic American muscle cars – a 1963 Studebaker Lark R2 and a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III. Here’s a quick description of both cars.

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Understated Sleeper Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Takes On The Mighty Trans Am 455 H.O.

Understated Sleeper Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Takes On The Mighty Trans Am 455 H.O.

Not only are the performance numbers close on these two, but so are the 1/4 mile times

For today’s drag-race special, we have this closely fought battle between two cars from the early 70s. Both these models were at the top of their game back in the day and you’ll see why, in this stock head-to-head, that was staged during the annual PSMCDR at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton.

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Evenly Matched Stick Shift Cars? '68 Charger 440 Magnum Takes On '65 GTO Tri-Power

Evenly Matched Stick Shift Cars? ’68 Charger 440 Magnum Takes On ’65 GTO Tri-Power

Now although the Charger is lighter and packs more power, the GTO is no slouch either as the two cars punch super close 1/4 times

Here’s taking a look at yet another stock race between two classic legends of the Muscle car world. This video of a face-off between a 1968 Charger R/T and a 1965 GTO Tri-Power, from Road Test TV dates back to 2015, but the race itself, well it remains timeless doesn’t it? It went down at the annual PSMCDR event at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex park up in Stanton.

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This Footage Of Pure Stock Drags From The 1980s Between Old-School Muscle Cars Sure Will Strum Your Nostalgia Strings

This Footage Of Pure Stock Drags From The 1980s Between Old-School Muscle Cars Sure Will Strum Your Nostalgia Strings

This face-off saw the legendary ’68 Shelby GT500 take on a ’72 Firebird Trans Am 455 H.O

While pure stock drag racing remains a popular class to this day, here’s taking a look at what it was like gunning it down the drag strip back in the 80s.

This video with its grainy lines and off-beat commentary, about two of the greatest names amongst muscle cars going head to head, sure does ring the nostalgia bell pretty hard. Strangely, the video has the correct aspect ratio of 16:9 rather than the 4:3 which was the norm back then.

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Stock Drag Race: The Z28 '70 Camaro Shows The '65 Pontiac GTO How It's Done

Stock Drag Race: The Z28 ’70 Camaro Shows The ’65 Pontiac GTO How It’s Done

Evenly matched on power, the heavier Z28 Camaro gave the Pontiac GTO a run for its money

Pure Stock Drag Racing, is that a myth? Well, some of you out there seem to think so. But hey, if it’s enough to get the conversation started, that’s saying a lot already isn’t it? You can take a look at the rules about PSMCDR, here. With that out of the way, let’s dwell deeper into Cars & Zebras’ latest video of a ’70 Z28 Camaro going up against a ’65 Pontiac GTO. We’re obviously going to run with the baseline figures here.

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Stock Drag Wars: Barn-Find '68 Chevelle SS 396 Picks On A Streetable '70s GTO 455

Stock Drag Wars: Barn-Find ’68 Chevelle SS 396 Picks On A Streetable ’70s GTO 455

Witness the out-of-the-box performance that you got from muscle cars nearly five decades ago

It’s not every day that you get to see old muscle cars in their purest form go head to head, do we? But, here we are. This particular duel saw a 1970 Pontiac GTO take on a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 at the annual Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race or PSMCDR, held in September at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex.

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20 Affordable Classic Cars You Don't Want to Pass Up

20 Affordable Classic Cars You Don’t Want to Pass Up

Our pick of 20 Classic cars (10 American Cars + 10 Imports) that can be had for under 20 grand

Now when people mention classic cars, most people automatically assume that it is an expensive hobby. While that may be true up to some degree, especially with regards to collector cars, i.e cars that were produced in extremely small numbers or Concours-worthy cars, pretty much anybody can get into the hobby of classic cars if you know where to look. 

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OLD is GOLD: Can A Modern-day Charger Deny Victory To A 70s GTO Judge?

OLD is GOLD: Can A Modern-day Charger Deny Victory To A 70s GTO Judge?

In yet another old-school vs modern muscle car face-off, we see two American thoroughbreds go head-to-head

Old school vs modern showdowns seem to be incredibly popular with you lot. So, here’s another one where you’ll see a modern-day Dodge Charger Scat Pack take on an old-school 1970s Pontiac GTO Judge. But, before that happens, let’s look at the numbers to see how these two American thoroughbreds stack up.

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Watch As The Grandfather Of Muscle Cars Takes On a 1969 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport In a Classic Drag Race

Watch As The Grandfather Of Muscle Cars Takes On a 1969 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport In a Classic Drag Race

A 1967 Pontiac GTO 400 H.O. holds its own against a 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS in these three epic classic drag races with relatively close results

Few things are as American as a quarter-mile drag race between two classic muscle cars. The YouTube channel Cars and Zebras is providing us, on a regular basis, with some of the most exciting muscle car drag races, most of which are between classic V-8 beasts from the 1960s and early-1970s. This time, we have the pleasure of seeing a 1967 Pontiac GTO versus a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Place your bets.

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Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 20th Anniversary Edition Packs Buick GNX Power

Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 20th Anniversary Edition Packs Buick GNX Power

Pontiac’s best version of the Trans Am came in 1989, and it did not have a V-8

The most invariable aspect of a muscle car is the V-8 engine. You just can’t have a muscle car without a V-8. However, there are exceptions, albeit very few. You probably know of the Buick GNX, nicknamed “Darth Vader’s car”, which had a 3.8-liter turbocharged V-6, and, in 1987, was quicker than a Corvette. But, there was another car with the same engine – the 1989 Pontiac Trans Am 20th anniversary – and here’s what you need to know about it.

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This 1978 Pontiac Firebird Is The Ultimate Trans Am

This 1978 Pontiac Firebird Is The Ultimate Trans Am

Having Smokey and the Bandit nostalgia? This 1978 Pontiac Trans Am resto-mod will blow you away

The cinema has made many cars famous – the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Corvette, and even imports like the Toyota Supra have achieved iconic status, due to no small part, to the movies they’ve starred in. Among these is the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and it was “Smokey and the Bandit” that inspired this 1978 Pontiac Trans Am resto-mod, built by “Ryan’s Rod & Kustom”.

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The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern

The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern

Old School Muscle Cars take on their Modern Counterparts. Which group will dominate? Read on to Find Out

The Muscle Car really is the epitome of power and performance, and there’s no better way to prove that than running these highly tuned machines down the quarter-mile. The Wheels YouTube Channel put out a video in which old school muscle cars go head to head against their modern counterparts in a series of drag races.

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This Custom 1956 Pontiac Starchief Makes 900 Horses and Costs $1 Million!

This Custom 1956 Pontiac Starchief Makes 900 Horses and Costs $1 Million!

This drop-top, lowrider custom Pontiac Starchief exudes class, luxury, and of course, a lot of power

Restomods are fun and can be called the car’s second innings. While some are resurrecting it in its same avatar, some cars go through a tremendous transformation. This 1956 Pontiac Star Chief belongs to the elite club. Autotopia LA covered this insane restomod by Fusion Motor Company of a ’56 Star Chief that comes with gorgeous looks, a plush interior, and a 900-horsepower engine under the hood. Such builds don’t come cheap and neither is this one. It costs almost a million bucks!

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It's a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn't Exist

It’s a Downright Shame That This Widebody 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Doesn’t Exist

Maybe an eccentric-enough tuner can fix this?

The Pontiac GTO is one of the most underestimated muscle cars to ever roam the surface of the planet. Designed as sportier version of Pontiac’s Tempest aimed at younger buyers, the GTO debuted in 1964 with a 6.4-liter V-8. The GTO, however, never quite made it sales-wise, despite Pontiac’s attempts to spice up the recipe with the Judge trim.

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Jay Leno's 2002 Pontiac Firebird WS6 Reminds Us That The Early 2000s Were Pretty Awesome

Jay Leno’s 2002 Pontiac Firebird WS6 Reminds Us That The Early 2000s Were Pretty Awesome

It’s one of the most pristine-looking Firebird WS6s we’ve ever seen

The Pontiac Firebird is one of the unsung heroes among American sports cars. In fact, Motorweek said in a review from 1998 that the Trans Am was the synonym of “Corvette performance for a minivan price.” The reason for that? For 1998, Pontiac fitted its sports car with a 305-horsepower LS1 engine.

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Time Travel With Jay Leno's Garage and Learn About the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

Time Travel With Jay Leno’s Garage and Learn About the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am

Jay Leno jumps into the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am for a trip down the underpowered muscle car memory lane

When it comes to pony cars from the muscle car era, no vehicle from GM is more iconic than the Chevrolet Camaro. Introduced in 1966 as a rival for the popular Ford Mustang, the Camaro was joined in 1967 by the Firebird, Pontiac’s take on GM’s pony. Even though it had a solid following, it wasn’t as popular as the Camaro.

But that changed in 1977 when a Trans Am version of the Firebird was featured in the "Smokey and the Bandit" film. Sales nearly doubled and surpassed 100,000 units a year in 1979, enabling the Firebird to outsell the Camaro for the very first time. Although it wasn’t as powerful as its predecessor from the 1960s, the late 1970s Trans Am is a pretty cool car. Cool enough to make a stop by Jay Leno’s garage.

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The Pontiac Fiero Needs to Make a Comeback, And This is What It Should Look Like!

The Pontiac Fiero Needs to Make a Comeback, And This is What It Should Look Like!

Iconic 1980s sports car gets rendered to the nines

Our hopes of one day seeing a new Pontiac Fiero aren’t all that good, but don’t tell that to the man behind the @wb.artist20 account on Instagram. The account is full of automotive renderings, specifically modern interpretations of classic vehicles that are no longer around. There’s a lot of impressive work in that account, but one, in particular, caught our eye — and made us long for the Fiero’s return.

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Car for Sale: 1974 Pontiac Firebird Resto Mod With a Corvette LS3

Car for Sale: 1974 Pontiac Firebird Resto Mod With a Corvette LS3

Classic Pontiac design with a modern twist

The second-generation Pontiac Firebird was built from 1970 until 1981, and the cars produced in the first couple of years are by far the most popular. That’s because they’re from the golden muscle car era and fitted with the high power engines that went extinct when the oil crisis hit in 1973. However, the Firebird enjoyed new popularity toward the end of the 1970s thanks to a Trans Am model being used in the Smokey and the Bandit movie. If you’re looking for something unique from the era, here’s a nice restomod version of a 1974 Firebird.

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Sorry, But We Can't Hate This Pontiac Aztek Trans Am

Sorry, But We Can’t Hate This Pontiac Aztek Trans Am

We can’t have it either, but that’s another story

It was ugly. It was hated upon for its looks but at the same time people appreciated its practicality and in a different market context, the Pontiac Aztek could have been GM’s Cybertruck back in the day.

No, we’re not here to write the Aztek’s obituary but to bring to your attention a particular couple of renders that might make the SUV’s haters reconsider their position.

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