Pontiac Firebird Second Generation Production Numbers

Disclaimer - The following information, while accurate to the best of our knowledge, is offered for entertainment purposes only
 and not intended to settle any bets.   Please see footnotes.

1970 1/2 through 1981





Year Firebird Espirt Formula Trans Am Total
1970 1/2 18,874 18,961 7,708 3,196 48,739
1971 23,022 20,185 7,802 2,116 53,125
1972 12,000 11,415 5,250 1,286 29,951
197314,096 17,249 10,166 4,802 46,313
1974 26,372 22,583 14,519 10,255 73,729
1975 22,293 20,826 13,670 27,274 84,063
1976 21,209 22,252 20,613 46,704 110,675*
1977 30,642 34,548 21,801 68,744 155,736
1978 32,672** 36,926 24,346 93,351 187,285**
1979 38,642 30,853 24,851 117,108 211,454
1980 29,811 17,277 9,356 50,896 107,340
1981 20,541 10,938 5,927 33,493 70,899
2nd Generation Firebird Grand Total 1,179,307

1970 1/2 Firebird Production

'70 TA RAIII - one of 3,108

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird 22387 250 cid L-head Six 

-

-

3,134
V-8 2,899 15,975 15,740
Esprit 22487   2,104 16,857 18,961
Formula 400 22687 400 cid 330 HP 2,777 4,931 7,708
Trans Am 22887 Ram Air III 400 cid 335 HP 1,769 1,339 3,108
Ram Air IV 400 cid 345 HP 29 59 88
'70 1/2 Grand Total 9,578 39,161 48,739

1971 Firebird Production

'71 TA 455 HO - one of 2,116

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird  22387 6-Cyl

-

-

2,975
 V-8  2,778*

 * 

20,047
Esprit 22487   947 19,238 20,185
Formula 22687   1,860 5,942 7,802
Trans Am  22887 455 HO 335 HP 305 net 885 1,231 2,116
'71 Grand Total 6,470 46,655 53,125

 

1972 Firebird Production

'72 Formula one of 5,249

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird 223   1,263 10,738 12,001
Esprit 224   504 10,911 11,415
Formula 226   1,082 4,167 5,249
Trans Am 228   458 828 1,286
'73 Grand Total 3,307 26,644 29,951

1973 Firebird Production

'73 T/A SD-455 auto - one of 180

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird FS87  

-

-

14,096
Esprit FT87  

-

-

17,249
Formula FU87  

-

-

10,123
SD-455

-

-

43
Trans Am FV87   1,420 3,130 4,550
SD- 455  72 180 252
'73 Grand Total 46,313

1974 Firebird Production

'74 SD-455 - one of 731

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird FS87 6-Cyl - - 7,603
V-8 - - 18,769
Esprit FT87   - - 22,583
Formula  FU87 400 & 455 - - 14,461
SD-455 - - 58
Trans Am  FV87 400 1,750 2,914 4,664
455

-

4,648 4,648
SD-455 212 731 943
'74 Grand Total 9,326 64,403 73,729

1975 Firebird Production

 '75 T/A 455 HO -one of 857

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird FS87   - - 22,293
Esprit FT87   - - 20,826
Formula FU87   - - 13,670
Trans Am FV87 400 6,140 20,277 26,417
455 857

-

857
'75 Grand Total 13,122 70,941 84,063

1976 Firebird Production

 '76 T/A - one of 37,015

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird S87   - - 21,106
Esprit T87   - - 22,252
Formula U87   - - 20,613
Trans Am W87 400 - - 37,015
455 7,099

-

7,099
Trans Am Limited Edition Coupe  Y81 W87 400 - - 1,628
455 319

-

319
Trans Am Limited Edition T-top  Y81 W87 400 - - 533
Y82 455 110

-

110
'76 Grand Total 110,675****

1977 Firebird Production

'77 TA 6.6 Liter - one of 5,079

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird S87   - - 30,642
Esprit T87   - - 34,548
Formula U87   - - 21,801
Trans Am  W87 400 L78

-

29,313 29,313
400 W72 8,319 10,466 18,785
403 L80

-

5,079 5,079
Trans Am Special Edition Y81 W87 400 L78

-

748 748
400 W72 384 549 933
403 L80

-

180 180
Trans Am Special Edition w/T-top  Y82 W87 400 L78

-

6,030 6,030
400 W72 2,699 3,760 6,459
403 L80

-

1,217 1,217
'77 Grand Total 155,735

1978 Firebird Production

'78 Y88 Special Edition - one of 1,267

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird S87

 

- -

32,672*****

Esprit T87

 

- - 36,926
Formula U87

 

- - 24,346
Trans Am  W87 400 L78 6,777 57,035 63,812
400 W72 4,112 4,139 8,251
403 L80

-

8,969 8,969
Trans Am Black Special Edition Y82 W87 400 L78 489 2,856 3,345
Trans Am Black Special Edition w/T-top Y84
T-top
400 L78 20 68 88
403 L80

-

210 210
Trans Am Gold Special Edition w/T-top Y88 W87 400 L78 1,267 6,519 7,786
403 L80

-

880 880
'78 Grand Total 187,285*****

1979 Firebird Production

 403 T-top T/A - one of 30,728

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird S87

 

- - 38,642
Esprit T87

 

- - 30,853
Formula U87

 

(346 w/ 400 & 4 speed) - 24,851
Trans Am Coupe W87 400 L78 & W72 2,485

-

2,485
403 L80

-

48,488 48,488
301 L37 1,590 7,015 8,605
Trans Am w/T-top W87 400 L78 & W72 2,917

-

2,917
403 L80

-

30,728 30,728
301 L37 1,530 3,301 4,831
Trans Am Special Edition w/T-top Y84 W87 400 L78 & W72 1,107

-

1,107
403 L80

-

9,874 9,874
301 L37 213 360 573
Trans Am 10th Anniversary X87 X 400 L78 & W72 1,817

-

1,817
403 L80

-

5,683 5,683
'79 Grand Total 211,454

1980 Firebird Production

T-top T/A 4.9 - one of 8,698

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird S87

 

-

-

29,811
Esprit T87

 

-

- 17,277
Formula U87

 

-

- 9,356
Trans Am Coupe W87 301 L37

-

14,866 14,866
301 Turbo LU8

-

5,753 5,753
305 LG4

-

1,635 1,635
Trans Am w/T-top W87 301 L37

-

8,692 8,692
301 Turbo LU8

-

7,176 7,176
305 LG4

-

876 896
Trans Am Special Edition W87 301 L37

-

72 72
301 Turbo LU8 -

103

103
305 LG4 -

12

12
Trans Am Special Edition w/T-top W87 301 L37

-

2,084 2,084
301 Turbo LU8

-

3,444 3,444
305 LG4

-

463 463
Trans Am Turbo Indy Pace Car X87 301 Turbo LU8

-

5,700 5,700
'80 Grand Total 107,340

1981 Firebird Production

Trans Am Turbo NASCAR Pace Car - one of 2,000

Name VIN Code Engine Manual Auto. Total
Base Firebird S87

 

-

-

20,541
Esprit T87

 

-

- 10,938
Formula U87

 

-

- 5,927
Trans Am Coupe W87 301 L37

-

5,087 5,087
301 Turbo LU8

-

3,851 3,851
305 LG4 2,866

-

2,866
Trans Am w/T-top W87 301 L37

-

4,589 4,589
301 Turbo LU8

-

6,612 6,612
305 LG4 3,225

-

3,225
Trans Am Special Edition X87 301 L37

-

41 41
301 Turbo LU8

-

65 65
305 LG4 15

-

15
Trans Am Special Edition w/T-top X87 301 L37

-

1,160 1,160
301 Turbo LU8

-

3,050 3,050
305 LG4 932

-

932
Trans Am Turbo NASCAR Pace Car X87 301 Turbo LU8

-

2,000 2,000
'81 Grand Total 70,899

Footnotes:

*a 1971 Illustrated Buyers Guide Firebird lists '71 Base Firebird V8 manual transmission total as 2,778.

*b 1971 Year One lists total '71 Base Firebirds as 23,021.

*c '76 totals

*d 1976 Year One lists base Firebird total as 21,209.  Year One list of Trans Am engine offerings add up to 46,704. 

*e 1977 Year One list of Trans Am engine offerings add up to 68,744.

*f 1978 Year One lists 6 of 11 Trans Am engine offerings. The engine numbers listed, agree with the other named resources.

*g Our 1978 total number of Base Firebirds built (32,672) is based High Performance Pontiac article August 2003 by Thomas DeMauro.  The Fabulous Firebirds book suggest 1 less Base Firebird at 32,671 which changes their Grand Total Firebirds built to 187,284

*h Source for 400-4speed Formula numbers.

Footnotes

First Last, Title of Book (Place of publication: publisher, year) page number.

 

First Last, "Title of Article" Name of Periodical Volume (Date): Page Number

Bibliography

Gunnell, John, Illustrated Buyers Guide Firebird (Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing, 1998) pages 43, 50, 58, 66, 76, 83, 91, 100, 109, 123, 134, 143.

Lamm, Michael, The Fabulous Firebird (Stockton, California: Lamm-Morada Publishing Co., Inc., 1981) pages 150 and 151.

Last, First, Title of Book (Place of publication: publisher, year) page number.

Last, First, "Title of Article" Name of Periodical Volume (Date): Page Number

"Firebird Production Figures" 1967-81Firebird Restoration Parts and Accessories Year One Catalog R4101 (2001): Pages 11 & 12

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