RECENTLY SERVICED, ONLY 29K ORIGINAL MILES, 6 SPEED MANUAL, WELL KEPT FIREBIRD
Like Camaros and Mustangs, it seems that the Pontiac Firebird was born to be modified. Cars like this 1994 Pontiac Firebird Formula were affordable and fast, with hundreds of hop-up parts available in catalogs and magazines. So it shouldn't be a surprise that many of these cars were thrashed and left for dead when they finally gave up, and that's exactly why this incredible 29,108-mile survivor is so special, because it's just the way the factory intended and hasn't been abused.
We'll admit to being partial to the Formula's clean shape and more understated look compared to the Trans Am, and with all the same go-fast hardware under the skin, it was often the weapon of choice for the guys who wanted to carry a big stick yet still speak softly. Combined with the gorgeous Medium Patriot Red paint, this car has a very sophisticated look that's less street racer and more grown-up performance car. It is indeed factory-applied paint that still looks fantastic given that it's now 20 years old (holy cow, has it been that long?!?) and by 1994, GM was doing some pretty good work in the paint shop. Fit and finish are OEM-grade with doors that fit well and smooth bodywork that hasn't been hit, and most of it is plastic so it won't wrinkle or dent. Blacked-out taillights offer a cool pattern when lit and the smooth nose shows functional air intakes that give it an aggressive look. This is one very handsome car!
The gray cloth interior is just as well-preserved as the bodywork, and the low-key look suits the Formula just fine. The heavy bolsters will keep you in place as you explore the car's considerable handling limits and while Pontiac was still fascinated with buttons and dials that give it a jet fighter look, it's toned down a bit in the Formula so everything is easy to find and intuitive to use. Lots of options make this a no-brainer: A/C, power windows and locks, cruise control, power seats, a tilt column, and everything works like it should. The factory radio has been replaced by an AM/FM/cassette unit with a detachable face (remember those?) but since the face has been detached and misplaced, it's probably due for an upgrade, which will be easy. The seats, carpets, and dash are in excellent shape with no major flaws to report, and even the hatch area looks factory fresh.
A Corvette-derived 350 cubic inch LT1 V8 provides motive power for the Formula, and these were truly cars to be respected on the street. GM under-rated them a bit so the Corvette could remain at the top of the heap, but internally they're pretty much identical so it's a very strong runner. Despite the myriad of high-performance parts available for these engines, this one remains entirely stock save for an SLP strut tower brace that makes a noticeable difference in front-end stiffness. The 6-speed manual is a very desirable feature on these cars and it barks the gears with positive shifts and a towering overdrive that gives it decent highway mileage and effortless cruising. The underside shows rather well and hasn't been driven in the winter, and even the stock catalytic converter and muffler are still in place. Factory chrome wheels are a clean 5-spoke design and carry recent BFGoodrich T/A blackwall radials.
If you like these cars, the one to own is a low-mileage, unmodified specimen just like this. The fact that it's also loaded with options and offers an awesome color combination is merely icing on the cake. Call today!
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- 5.7 Liter V8
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- 6 Speed Manual
- Body Or Basic Color
- Body Style
- 29,108 (Actual)
- Interior Or Basic Color
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- Center Console