1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM STYLING
The principal visual change between the looks of the voluptuous 1971-73 Trans Ams was all in the front facia. The rest of the car was more or less left alone, but the entire plastic front ‘nose cone’ was changed out in deference to new crash safety standards. In the place of that lovely face of the early 2nd-gen cars was a boxy, angular snout that some characterized as a ‘cattle catcher’ (referring to the sloped front end of old-style steam locomotives). Beneath that new flexible skin was a whole new front bumper system that would continue to evolve throughout the 2nd-gen F-body’s life as federal safety regs continued to tighten. Pontiac did a better job than most of dealing with these oppressive new government interventions. The 1974 Firebird certainly came out better than the 1974 Camaro in the looks department.