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Old 05-14-2015, 09:51 PM   #7666  
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1967 L78 SS 396 (1 of 612)


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Did you know . . .

The 1972 Formula Firebird was offered with 3 engine options: 350/2V, 400/4V and 455 H.O. The Ram Air option was $56 and was not available on the 350/2V. Standard tires were F70x14 BSW.





Pontiac sold 5250 Formula Firebirds (all engines) in 1972. As a comparison, 1286 Trans Am Firebirds were sold in 1972.

1972 was not a good year for Firebird sales. Only 29,951 were sold - all models. Pontiac was seriously considering discontinuing the car after 1972.
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Did you know . . .

The 1968 Shelby GT Mustangs had three different tires on them from the factory. This is the only year this happened. All other years used a single tire style.


Goodyear Speedway 350 E70x15 small RWL - Sept. 1967 - Mid Jan. 1968




Goodyear Speedway 350 E70x15 large RWL - Mid Jan. 1968 - April 1968 (GT500) End of Production GT350




Goodyear Custom Wide Tread / Polyglas E70x15 BSW - April 1968 - End of Production GT500KR only


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It looks like these two Shelby's were photographed the same day doesn't it - beach scene. But they weren't. The size of the RWLs on the tires shows these are two seperate photos joined for this ad.
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I wonder how many new car buyers of the GT500KR complained that their car didn't have RWL tires like it showed in this ad.
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Hi Lee. My name is Walter and I'm a 16 year old high school student from Maryland (where fast cars are as numerous as the boats) who has been a car enthusiast all my life. I feel like I was born in the wrong era to want muscle cars, as they are few and far between and 10 times the amount they once were. But both sides of my family has had muscle cars that I feel like it'd be appropriate to share. My dad's brothers both used to take cars from junkyards, rebuild them, and race them. My one uncle had a candy apple red 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 4 speed (sold to his cousin who wrapped it around a telephone pole) and my other uncle had a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS he flared and tubbed himself (he raced his buddies who had 1970 Dodge Dart Swingers-one Plum Crazy and one Sublime Green). He also had a 1978 Z28 Camaro and a white 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with the Orange "Screaming Chicken" decal. But it goes back even farther. My grandfather had a muscle car too...if you consider a 1958 Chevrolet with a 348
Tri-Power and straight shift 3 speed. His wife, my grandmother, had a nephew who bought new a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner (apparently he drove from my town to Fayettesville, NC in less than 4 hours...its an 8 hour drive) and my grandmother had a sister who bought on her 18th birthday a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 in California. Like I said, both sides of my family had muscle cars. My granddad was in the Navy, and he bought brand new a 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback with a 289 and a 4 speed (not a K-code). Then he sold that and got a 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible with a 6 cylinder and a 3 speed automatic (he admits it was a bad decision). His buddy also had a bad ass car- 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 4 speed bought brand new (also wrapped around a telephone pole). Sorry this post is so long, but I feel that it is relevant to this discussion. I hope to have my own soon. Right now I have diecast models of some (including two autographed ones by Mr. Norm Kraus, who I met in Carlisle last year. He told me that kids today are a lot luckier than back then. If you could, could you find the red 1971 Challenger R/T he modified. Before and after he got done with it). I'm also planning on acquiring my uncle's (one that had the 1967 Chevelle) one owner, all original 1971 Dodge Polara Sedan Custom, ordered brand new in 1971 by my great grandmother, opted for the 383-2 bbl and 3 speed auto. Just one of the many classics along my street (1959 Corvette and 1966 Corvette Stingray, 1976 Mustang II, 1968 Camaro, 1957 Bel Air, 1940s Chevy, 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air, and 1958 Studebaker Silver Hawk). Thanks again for the hundreds of car posts and sorry for the long post.
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Hi Walter and welcome to HDF

So glad to hear that someone your age is into Muscle Cars. There has been a lot of talk about people your age not having an interest in the old cars from the 1960s and early 1970s. Such nonsense huh?

It definitely sounds like your family are a real bunch of "gear heads." I love it! And such an assortement of cars they have owned over the years. It's good you are following in their footsteps Walter. Keep them alive so they live forever!

As far your request, here is the 1971 Mr Norm Stage III Hemi Challenger R/T with backstory and additional photos (links below). Unfortunately, no photos exist of the car before it was upgraded.










http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2012/1/4...ction-7706629/

http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=927640

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This is what the above car would have looked like before the upgrades Mr. Norm made with the exception of the front bumper and tires.




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1974 SD 455 Formula Firebird







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A '71 LeMans Sport four-door hardtop (no center pillar), also built at the Fremont plant and special-ordered by Warren "Monk" King for his Monk King Pontiac dealership in Denton, Texas, it's known as the Monk King Four-Door GTO because it was ordered with the T41 Endura styling option, which consisted of the GTO hood and Endura bumper. Other factory options include the L75 455 four-barrel engine, a Turbo 400, dual exhaust, Safe-T-Track differential, power front-disc brakes, Rally gauges, hood tachometer, honeycomb wheels, white-letter tires, power seats, and power windows and locks. According to Pontiac historian Fred Simmonds, only 30 LeMans Sports were ordered with both the L75 455 four-barrel and the T41 Endura styling option, but there is no breakdown of how many were installed in four-door sedans and hardtops. In addition, only 11 four-door LeMans Sport hardtops received the L75 455 powerplant.
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