Sunday, May 06, 2007

Firebird Man: 1972 Pontiac Firebird Esprit

I kinda don't get all the hoopla surrounding GM's resurrected F-body, in particular the decision to draw exclusively from the first-generation Camaro — which always seemed to me a somewhat lame knee-jerk response to the '64½ Mustang — when the second-generation Firebird/Camaro twins were an absolute revelation. Especially in their earliest, cleanest, most unadorned incarnations, these were utterly gorgeous cars, their subsequent subjugation to the evil forces of '70s decalcomania notwithstanding.

This bone-stock Esprit is a perfect and stunning example. I cannot for the life of me understand why these are going for twenty-five grand and dude can't even get seven for this. WTF.

Click on the pic to check out the auction.


Blogger Geos said...

I read that Bill Mitchell said he could hardly remember what the first generation even looked like because a committee styled it, but he got to do the second gen all by himself, and made the engineers cooperate.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to have a 72 Espirit with the 400 V8. It was a beautiful car. It kills me i sold it to this day. Hence looking it up 15 years later. sigh

4:09 AM  

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