The Pontiac Firebird is an American car that was built and produced by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002. Designed as a pony car to compete with the Ford Mustang, it was introduced on 23 February 1967, simultaneous with GM's Chevrolet division platform-sharing Camaro. This also coincided with the release of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, Ford's upscale, platform-sharing version of the Mustang.
The Firebird was one of the most iconic muscle cars of the late '60s through the early 2000s, competing with other famous models like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. It went through quite an evolution in its nearly 40-year history, with changing engine capabilities and continuous body reworks and improvements. The Firebird didn’t just make an impact on fans of muscle and pony cars, it permeated mainstream pop-culture, appearing in TV shows and movies.