The Firebird is an automobile manufactured by Pontiac between 1967 and 2002. Pontiac is a subdivision of General Motors, and Pontiac manufactured the Firebird as an alternative to the Chevrolet Camaro. The Firebird introduced an exciting tradition to Pontiac during the 1970s that became synonymous with the brand.
The original Firebird was considered a pony car or muscle car. This vehicle developed a distinct personality with the components under the hood. During the late 1960s, Pontiac manufactured its own engines, and unlike other manufacturers, only Pontiac engines were placed in the Firebird. Although there were five different Pontiac engines, one of the engines that was most liked was the Pontiac overhead-cam inline-six engine, which was placed in the first-generation Firebird.