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Pontiac’s entry into the “pony car” market was spurred along by the Ford Mustang and its corporate cousin, Chevy’s Camaro. And though the Firebird shares a lot of DNA with the Camaro, it had plenty of style and charisma to make it a standout on its own. Born in 1967 and in production through 2002, the Firebird looked great, was well appointed, and offered plenty of powerful engine options to make it attractive to a wide audience. The original incarnation of the Firebird was a short one—just through 1969—but the car designed by John DeLorean had enough momentum to get it into the 1970s with a new generation on Chevy’s F-Body platform. When you think of a Firebird (or its Esprit, Formula or Trans Am models) you’re probably thinking of the mid- to late-’70s era edition: Black and gold, T-tops and the Screaming Chicken decal on the hood. You can thank Burt Reynolds for that; he may have received top billing in “Smokey and the Bandit” but his 1977 Firebird Trans Am was the true star of the film. The 1980s weren’t especially kind to the Firebird, with the 1985 4-cylinder version being the weakest one of all time, though with a deeply-sloped windshield and an all-glass hatchback (plus pop-up headlines) it still looked cool, at least. 1990s era Firebirds brought signs of life back to the brand as GM put the LS1 V8 from the Corvette under the hood in ’93, and gave it a curvier yet more aggressive stance. While many enthusiasts consider the final generation the model’s golden era, it didn’t last. The Firebird came into the world with the Camaro, and it left with it: GM cancelled production of both cars in 2002, with Pontiac’s brand life coming to an end a few years later.