1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 – A QUICK LOOK
Pontiac launched Firebird for the 1967 model year and the first generation lasted until 1969. The Firebird 400 you see here was fitted with a 6.6 Liter (400 cubic inch) V8. Firebird was also available with a base six cylinder, 250 cubic inch 4.1L and also a 350 cubic inch 5.7L V8 engine.
75,362 hardtops and 11,649 convertible Firebirds were sold in the 1969 model year. There were quite a few styling changes for this year even though the model was getting a full revamp for 1970. These changes included a new roofline, every panel was different, a new look front and the fuel filler was moved to behind the rear license plate – a great place to put it as it kept the car’s lines clean without the need for a filler door on the side of the vehicle! The car also gained about an inch in length.
Also this year saw the introduction of the “Trans Am Performance and Appearance Package”. This Trans-Am package launched late in the model year (March 1969) and resulted in just 689 hardtops and 8 convertibles sold. The Trans-Am was no more powerful than a standard Firebird and was primarily cosmetic although did featured an improved suspension.