1974 PONTIAC FIREBIRD – A NEW LOOK
To meet ever-increasing federal crash-safety standards, Pontiac finally had to do a major redesign on their beautiful 2nd-generation Firebird, just as Chevy has to do with their Camaro. Both had managed to squeak by without making major changers to their 1973 models by heavily bracing the front ends. But as safety standards increased every year, it wasn’t possible to do that again in 1974. So both cars got a completely redesigned front and rear ends to incorporate the necessary telescoping bumper hardware and the crush space it required. The results weren’t pretty, although the Firebird probably came out a little better than the Camaro. They also got a lot bigger front and back, and heavier. The Firebird not only had a new nose, but new wider slotted tail lights.
1974 PONTIAC FIREBIRD ENGINE OPTIONS
The standard engine was the 250ci 6-cylinder making just 100hp. Next up was a 350 (5.7L) V8 rated at just 155hp. Next up were a pair of 400 (6.6L) V8s rated at 175hp and 225hp. There were 2 standard-duty 455 V8s, rated at 215hp and 250hp, and the Super Duty 455 (SD-455) at the top of the heap, rated at 290 hp. The 400, 455 and SD-455 were only available in Firebird Formulas and Trans Ams.