Introduction

Four models of the Firebird were available:

BASE FIREBIRD

FIREBIRD ESPRIT

  • Model signature script moldings on the roof pillar
  • Front and rear bucket seats with all-vinyl trim, solid foam seat cushions with integral springs
  • Loop-pile carpet
  • Deluxe steering wheel
  • Upper-level ventilation
  • Woodgrain dash accents
  • Ashtray light
  • Endura front bumper
  • Small full-width front air dam
  • Radio antenna embedded in windshield
  • Bright moldings on windshield, rear window, and grille
  • Thin body sill moldings
  • Front disc brakes
  • Three-speed manual floor shift transmission
  • E78-14 black sidewall tires
  • Custom cloth and Morrokide trim
  • Distinctive door trim panels
  • Perforated headliner
  • Added sound insulation
  • Custom cushion steering wheel
  • Rear armrest ashtrays
  • Trunk mat
  • Dash assist grip
  • Wheel trim rings
  • Body-color mirrors (both sides)
  • Remote control left mirror
  • Body-color door handle inserts
  • Concealed wipers
  • Bright roof rail trim
  • Window sill moldings
  • Rear hood edge accents
  • Wheel opening moldings
  • Wide rocker panel accent strips

FIREBIRD FORMULA

  • Model signature script moldings on the roof pillar
  • Fiberglass hood with forward-mounted twin air scoops
  • 1.125" front stabilizer bars
  • Firm control shock absorbers
  • Dual exhausts with chrome extensions
  • Front and rear bucket seats with all-vinyl trim, solid foam seat cushions with integral springs
  • Loop-pile carpet
  • Deluxe steering wheel
  • Upper-level ventilation
  • Woodgrain dash accents
  • Ashtray light
  • Endura front bumper
  • Small full-width front air dam
  • Radio antenna embedded in windshield
  • Bright moldings on windshield, rear window, and grille
  • Thin body sill moldings
  • Front disc brakes
  • Three-speed manual floor shift transmission
  • F70-14 tires
  • Custom cloth and Morrokide trim
  • Distinctive door trim panels
  • Perforated headliner
  • Added sound insulation
  • Custom cushion steering wheel
  • Rear armrest ashtrays
  • Trunk mat
  • Dash assist grip
  • Wheel trim rings
  • Body-color mirrors (both sides)
  • Remote control left mirror
  • Body-color door handle inserts
  • Concealed wipers
  • Bright roof rail trim
  • Window sill moldings
  • Rear hood edge accents
  • Wheel opening moldings
  • Wide rocker panel accent strips

FIREBIRD TRANS AM

  • A new honeycomb mesh grill insert
  • New interior trim
  • Redesigned hubcaps and wheel covers
  • Front and rear bucket seats with all-vinyl trim, solid foam seat cushions with integral springs
  • Loop-pile carpet
  • Deluxe steering wheel
  • Upper-level ventilation
  • Woodgrain dash accents
  • Ashtray light
  • Endura front bumper
  • Small full-width front air dam
  • Radio antenna embedded in windshield
  • Bright moldings on windshield, rear window, and grille
  • Thin body sill moldings
  • Front disc brakes
  • Formula steering wheel
  • Engine-turned dash trim
  • Rally gauge cluster with clock and tachometer
  • Front air dam
  • Front and rear wheel opening flares
  • Full width rear deck spoiler
  • Engine air extractors
  • Shaker hood
  • 15" Rally II rims with trim rings
  • Black-textured grille inserts
  • Fast-rate power steering
  • Power brakes with front discs
  • 1.25" front stabilizer bars
  • 0.875" rear stabilizer bars
  • Special high-rate rear springs
  • Safe-T-Track differential
  • Air cleaner with rear-facing cold air induction system
  • Power-flex cooling fan
  • Four-speed close-ratio manual transmission with floor shift
  • Optional Turbo-Hydra-Matic
  • F60-15 white lettered tires

I.D. NUMBERS

VIN Location On top of dash at left, viewable through windshield
Position Character Description
1 2 General Motors: Pontiac Division
2 S Basic Firebird
T Firebird Esprit
U Firebird Formula
V Trans Am
3 & 4 87 hardtop coupe
5 _ Engine code (see listing in engine section)
6 2 Year: 1972
7 _ Assembly plant
8 to 13 100001 and up production sequence

IDENTIFICATION

Model Number Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
2S 2S87 2-door Hardtop Base Firebird - 6 cyl 4 $2838 3357 12,000
both 6 & V8
2S 2S87 2-door Hardtop Base Firebird - V8 4 $2956 3359
2T 2T87 2-door Hardtop Esprit 4 $3194 3359 11,415
2U 2U87 2-door Hardtop Formula 4 $3221 3424 5,250
2V 2V87 2-door Hardtop Trans Am 4 $4256 3564 1,286

ENGINE

MODELCodeTypeDisplacementCarbCompressionNet HP
Base FirebirdD6-cyl250 cid1-V8.5:1110 @ 4200 rpm
Base FirebirdMV-8350 cid2-V8.0:1160 @ 4400 rpm
Espirt (std)MV-8350 cid2-V8.0:1160 @ 4400 rpm
Espirt (opt)NV-8350 cid2-V8.0:1175 @ 4400 rpm
Espirt (opt)RV-8400 cid2-V8.2:1175 @ 4000 rpm
Formula (std)MV-8350 cid2-V8.0:1160 @ 4400 rpm
Formula (opt)NV-8350 cid2-V8.0:1175 @ 4400 rpm
Formula (opt)TV-8400 cid4-V8.2:1250 @ 4000 rpm
Formula (opt)XV-8455 cid4-V8.4:1300 @ 4000 rpm
Trans AmXV-8455 cid4-V8.4:1300 @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

N/A

CHASSIS

Wheelbase Overall length Front tread Rear tread
108 in. 191.6 in. 60 in. 60 in.

OPTIONS

Air conditioning$379
Rear deck spoiler$32 - $46
Rear seat console$26
Front seat console$57
Cruise control$62 - $67
Deck lid remote control$14
Electric rear window defroster$62
Soft-Ray glass (all windows)$39 - $49
Soft-Ray windshield$30 - $35
Bumper guards$5 - $15
Power left bucket seat$77
Variable ratio power steering$113
AM/FM Stereo & 8-track$363
Rally gauge cluster with clock and tachometer$92
Honeycomb wheels$62 - $123
Rally II wheel rims$56 - $87
Dual exhausts$40
Performance or economy ratio rear axles$10
Safe-T-Track differential$45
Safe-T-Track differential (heavy duty)$66
Heavy-duty battery$10 - $15
Delco X battery$26
Functional air inlet hoods$56

PERFORMANCE

MODEL 0-to-60 MPH QUARTER MILE
Firebird Esprit9.9 seconds17.6 seconds
Trans Am5.4 seconds 

HISTORICAL NOTES

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