1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula: A Barn Find Turned Pristine Classic

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Restored 1971 Firebird Formula Shines in Canyon Copper.

The 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula, an iconic muscle car, has been meticulously restored to its former glory. Pontiac, known for popularizing the muscle car segment with the GTO in 1964, entered the pony car market slightly later with the Firebird in 1967. Although not as immediately popular as the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro, the Firebird made a significant impact, selling nearly 290,000 units in its first three years and continuing production for 35 years.

This particular 1971 Firebird Formula is a standout example of what barn-found muscle cars can become with the right care. Unlike the high-performance Trans Am, this Firebird, finished in the rare Canyon Copper color, is a beautifully restored classic that retains its original charm. The Formula trim, introduced in 1970, allowed customers to enjoy many of the Trans Am’s options without the extra flair, making it a unique and desirable choice. In 1971, only 7,802 Firebirds left the assembly line with the Formula package, making this model a relatively rare find.


The car’s restoration preserves its factory stock appearance, with minor modifications to the engine. The original 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V8 now features aftermarket upgrades such as Edelbrock valve covers, a Holley carburetor, and a thinner air cleaner, likely adding a bit more power to the original 180 or 250 horsepower options available in 1971. This Firebird Formula, with its meticulous restoration and unique color, represents a pinnacle of classic car revival, bringing a piece of automotive history back to life.

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