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1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in CHiPs, TV Series, 1977-1983 IMDB Ep. 1.21

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US

1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2006-03-25 20:13


This is a trans-am ..it has the central 'shaker'type power bulge...but it also has the two front air-intakes..which are usually fitted to a Formula.!
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Saturn Simon UK

2006-03-26 15:46


Strange indeed. All the same, I reckon it's a 1970-71 model.

trucker US

2006-07-24 18:41


How fast did these Trans-ams go?


2006-07-24 18:43


Barely reaches 100MPH, a 92' Tempo GLS is faster.

jplemoine FR

2006-07-24 18:45



wrenchhead US

2006-07-24 20:21


Explorer4x4 wrote Barely reaches 100MPH, a 92' Tempo GLS is faster.

Are you quoting 1/4 mile times?? Most late 1960s - early 1970s muscle cars could do the 1/4 mile at a little over 100 mph. Top speed for most of them was in the 120-140 mph range. Jeeze, my MGB will do 100 mph (if you have the nerve and can stand the noise).


2006-07-24 21:00


Quoting a book.

Silverstone UK

2006-07-24 23:12


Yeah, a Pontiac trans am will go up to 120-130 mph. Even if it isn't the fastest car in the universe, it still sounds fantastic, and in my opinion, is fantastic to look at too!

trucker US

2006-07-28 07:24


I ws checking the 1979 trans-am and their bhp's were a poor 210bhp in 1979 to a 200bhp in 1980-1981.

tuske427 US

2006-12-01 22:04


someone had fun with this car as mentioned by Stronghold there is a combination of the Trans Am and Formula hood. Also combined are the Trans Am and '71 Firebird vents on the front fenders. so this car could be any of the above. At least we know it's 70-74 because of the flat back window...

and for the record in hs my 1978 camaro with a 2 barrel 305 and tired engine (would foul out 2 plugs from bad sealing) with only a set of headers would do over 130 mph with 3 people in the car. The point is these second gens could easily reach tripple digit speeds. Mine was tired and weak and it could do it.

stronghold EN

2008-05-16 01:10


in eps 3.05** this changes from a trans-am to the mixed trans-am/formula during the near crash scene
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blk95ta US

2008-06-04 05:21


FWIW this is the same car that Ponch buys in episode 2.05... it can be clearly identified by its hybrod TA/Formula hood (the formula had the dual ram air scoops and the T/A had the shaker, this car and the one that Ponch buys for $83 in 2.05 have both and are both gold.)

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Skid US

2009-03-24 10:53


The car appears to have a high-back bucket seats introduced in 1971. Then again, with the combination of parts present, I'm not sure that doesn't rule out it being a 1970.


2009-05-16 08:59


trucker wrote I ws checking the 1979 trans-am and their bhp's were a poor 210bhp in 1979 to a 200bhp in 1980-1981.

Despite this, they still featured large displacement engines all the way through 1979 and put out gobs of torque and are tons of fun to drive. They hit 120 mph with no drama in stock form. Some basic hotrodding (read some cam and decent compression) would have these cars making lots of power with little effort. The mild build I did on my '79 Trans Am's Oldsmobile 403 yielded over 400 hp at the flywheel with a 9.5:1 static compression ratio. The cheap trick for 403's would have been to bolt on a pair of earlier small block heads to instantly get a good compression ratio.

Also, with a 6.7 second sprint to 60 mph and 0.83 g avg on the skidpad, a stock Trans Am is a decent performer even today. One can opt to completely revamp the suspension, but better rubber alone will make a world of difference. As I mentioned above, it's not hard to make power with these cars, so they should not be discounted as outdated relics.

Though it is really embarassing when Ponch brags about his '71 hitting 60 mph in 8+ seconds in ep 2.13 . . .

blk95ta US

2011-10-07 23:18


the black car strnoghold posted is a 76 trans am (or maybe a 74 but i can't see the bumper well enough. i know it's not 75 because they had the turn signals in the grill) then it turns into a black clone of ponch's car (which is how the car started out in the movie Corvette Summer FWIW"

outalne94z71 US

2012-01-22 20:56


it appears that it is actually a 1973 formula in many screen shots, it has the recessed grilles and amber signal lenses, bumper laws changed for 73 so the grille was recessed in the bumper and 73 was the only year for the 70-73 cars to have amber lenses, the others were clear with chrome trim over them, it also looks like it has the 73-81 deluxe seats as well and its a formula because it has the fender gills in the right spot but the trans am vents are not recessed into the fender like they would have been on a real trans am fender, years ago i had bolted on a set on firebird fenders the same way.

other episode screen shots show that it is a 71 so clearly through the couple years they built a few different versions

btw, they can go way faster than 120mph, in my younger stupid days when i had just bought my old 1970 RAIV 400 4 speed trans am i had it up to at least 180mph(had 160 mph speedo and it was way past the 160mph) on hwy 41 here in wisconsin, it started to get a sideways floaty feeling on every crack so i backed out of it, wish i still had that car as there were only 19 built like mine was.

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Reg1992 US

2017-10-12 01:29


As tragic as this scene was, it was also pretty awkward...the moment Jon realizes he's about to collide with the Firebird and it just shows him riding toward it with his mouth gaping wide-open for way too long before he hits it...I couldn't help but chuckle :whistle:

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