The Pontiac Firebird without a doubt was one of the most iconic affordable muscle car and successful GM muscle cars and a major player in the pony wars along with all fire breathing V8 machines that Chrysler, Chevrolet and Ford offered on the market during the late 60’s and early 70’s, but those high performance Firebirds certainly can’t be put into the affordable muscle cars category.
Take a look at one fine Firebird and scroll down for more
1980’s Pontiac Firebird
The legendary Pontiac Firebird muscle car had many ups and downs during its 35 years history starting from 1967. If you are looking for a well preserved or nicely restored model within the first 2 generations you will have to come up with a serious amount of cash, but for those on a budget who search for more affordable muscle cars, which still has the beautiful classic American style and powerful V8 motor under the hood, the 3rd generation Firebirds might be the right choice.
The early 80’s versions came up with quite a few engine options starting from the smallest 151 cubic inch (2.5 liter) Pontiac L4 up to the high performing 350 Chevrolet V8 motor. If you are looking for a cheap muscle car in a good condition you could get a Pontiac Firebird in the 150-200 horsepower range for about $3000. Of course the more horses and torque you wish to get means more cash out of your pocket, but overall the Gen 3 Firebirds are quite affordable compare with the earlier models.
What we would like to show you is a really well preserved example, which is part of a museum collection. This gorgeous 1983 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is completely stock and 100% original muscle car showing just a bit over 30,000 miles. Although it doesn’t have the big bird on the hood, this White F-body looks very stylish and will impress those who like originality with its fresh overall appearance.
The interior of this 1983 Firebird is also like a time capsule. The Brown bucket seats contrast nicely with the White body color, all gauges are easy to read and probably the best part is the nice 3-spoke steering wheel. Last, but not least this muscle car sports the 305 cubic inch (5.0 liter) V8 with 4-barrel being the best you could get in 1983 backed by a 5-speed transmission.