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1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, Ram Air III

“Rare Bird”

1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula


Photo of: 1970 Pontiac Firebird
Photo of: 1971 Pontiac Firebird

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About “Rare Bird”

To much story behind this car. It's been in the family all it's life, my grandfather was the 1st owner, I am the second. Very rare car. Original untouched paint, and interior. Less then 72K miles. Numbers matching. Show quality.

About “Formula”

The car was purchased in Texas in 1977 by my father to have a car for the kids to drive. The car was quickly nicknamed “The Kids Toy”. A few modifications were done, the Rally II wheels were exchanged for turbine mags, and side pipes were added. A custom paint job with murals on the hood scoops and pearl white was airbrushed down the sides. (Hey, it was the 70’s.) It even won a few car shows.

I purchased the car from him a couple of years later. It went from Texas to California then sat in storage for 10 years. It was moved to Nebraska and sat for another 7 years waiting to build up the Firebird Restoration Fund.

Frame off restoration took 5 years but came out looking good. For 2009 it’s leading a sheltered life. The plan is to limit its road time for a year. It was trailered to 15 shows, 6 were national shows and the rest were local area shows. Now it can be driven a little more.

Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals Norwalk, OH 8-8-09
High Performance Pontiac's Editor's Choice
1st in class - 1970-1981 Stock Firebirds & Formulas

Trans Am Nationals Dayton, OH 8-30-09
3rd in class - Stock 1970-1976

High Performanc Pontiac - Cover and Article August 2010


Specs for “Rare Bird”

Well this is one of 687 Ram Air III cars that where produced in 1970, extremely rare when you consider there are more 67 GT500's and Hemi Cuda's roaming the streets then these.

6.6 litre 400 Cubic Inch Engine put out 360hp, and 470 pounds of torque. 0-60 is done in 5.4 seconds, and quarter miles comes up at 13.50, at least it did when it was stock, now I have no idea what it would pull. But nothing faster then a 13.20 I would assume.

Specs for “Formula”

This is an all stock car that came with:

400 - factory rated at 300 hp
Muncie CR 4 speed
Hurst Shift
1 1/8 in stabilizer bars


Factory Options for “Rare Bird”

Everything from the dealership that was offered, except for the 4 speed manual transmission. It does have the optioned performance gear ratio, which not many received, unless they where drag pack 4 speed cars.

Factory Options for “Formula”

400, 4bbl, 4 speed
Safe-T-Track (positraction)
Am/FM Stereo, 8-track Player
HD Air Cleaner
Custom Belts
Recessed Wipers
Rally 2 Wheels
Power Brakes
Power Steering
Front Console
Air Conditioning
Power Windows
Power Door Locks
Electric Rear Window Defrost
Formlua Steering Wheel
Roof Moldings
Rally Guages
Custom Trim Group


Mods for “Rare Bird”

It's pretty much a stock car, it has headers going back into a 3 inch dual exhaust system with an X pipe, Series 40 flowmaster mufflers, and exhaust turn downs before the rear axle. Along with a Holley 850 carburator, Performer intake, and Pertronix HEI conversion.

Mods for “Formula”

stainless fuel and brake lines
custom exhaust


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