Pontiac offered four varieties of the Firebird

BASE MODEL

ESPRIT MODEL

FORMULA MODEL

TRANS AM MODEL

I.D. NUMBERS

VIN LocationOn top of dash at left, viewable through windshield
PositionCharacterDescription
12General Motors: Pontiac Division
2SBasic Firebird
TFirebird Esprit
UFirebird Formula
WTrans Am
3 & 487hardtop coupe
5_Engine code (see listing in engine section)
66Year: 1976
7_Assembly plant
8 to 13100001 and upproduction sequence

IDENTIFICATION

Model NumberStyle NumberBody TypeSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
2FS872-door Hardtop Base Firebird - 6 cyl4$3908338321,209
both 6 & V8
2FS872-door Hardtop Base Firebird - V84$40463563
2FT872-door Hardtop Esprit - 6 cyl4$4162343120,826
2FT872-door Hardtop Esprit - V84$43023611
2FU872-door Hardtop Formula4$4566362520,613
2FW872-door Hardtop Trans Am4$4987364046,701

ENGINE

VIN CodeFMSW
CylindersInline Six90° V-890° V-890° V-8
ValvingOverhead valveOverhead valveOverhead valveOverhead valve
BlockCast-ironCast-ironCast-ironCast-iron
HeadCast-ironCast-ironCast-ironCast-iron
Bore & Stroke3.87 x 3.53 in.3.88 x 3.75 in. 4.12 x 3.75 in.4.15 x 4.21 in.
Displacement250 cid (4.1 liters)350 cid (5.7 liters)400 cid (6.6 liters)455 cid (7.5 liters)
Compression ratio8.3 : 17.6 : 17.6 : 17.6 : 1
Brake H.P.110 @ 3400 rpm160 @ 4000185 @ 3600 rpm200 @ 3500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft)185 @ 1200 rpm280 @ 2000 rpm310 @ 1600 rpm330 @ 2000 rpm
Main bearingsSevenFiveFiveFive
Valve liftersHydraulicHydraulicHydraulicHydraulic
CarburetorOne-barrel RochesterTwo-barrel RochesterFour-barrel RochesterFour-barrel Rochester

TRANSMISSION

EngineTransmissionFinal Gear Ratio
Six-cyl3-speed manual floor shift2.73:1
Firebird V-8Four-speed manual shift2.41:1
Trans Am 400 V-8Four-speed manual shift3.08:1
Trans Am 455 V-8Four-speed manual shift3.23:1

CHASSIS

FEATUREFirebirdEspritFormulaTrans Am
Wheelbase108.1 in.108.1 in.108.1 in.108.1 in.
Overall length196.8 in.196.8 in.196.8 in.196.8 in.
Height49.1 in.49.449.449.6
Width73.073.073.073.0
Front tread60.960.961.361.2
Rear tread60.060.060.460.3
TiresFR78x15FR78x15FR78x15GR70x15
SteeringRecirculating ball
Front suspensioncoil springs with lower trailing links and anti-sway bar
Rear suspensionsemi-elliptic leaaf springs with anti-sway bar
BrakesFront disc, rear drums
IgnitionElectronic
Body constructionUnit with separate partial frame
Fuel tank20.5 gal

OPTIONS

350-cid two-barrel V-8$140
350-cid four-barrel V-8 (Firebird)$195
350-cid four-barrel V-8 (Formula)$55
400-cid four-barrel V-8 (Firebird)$258
400-cid four-barrel V-8 (Formula)$118
455-cid four-barrel V-8 (Trans Am)$125
Close-ratio four-speed transmission (Firebird)$242
Five-speed manual transmission(Firebird)$262
Five-speed manual transmission(Formula)N/C
Five-speed manual transmission(Trans Am)N/C
Safe-T-Track differential (Firebird)$51
Super-cooling radiator$27 - $49
Heavy-duty battery$15 - $17
Heavy-duty alternator$42
Engine block heater$11 - $12
California emissions$50
Air conditioning$424 - $512
Cruise control$73
Power windows$99 - $159
Firebird custom trim group$81
Firebird Formula appearance package$100

HISTORICAL NOTES

1976 Firebird Notes

1976 FIREBIRD PHOTOS

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