Car Show Outtake: 1979 Formula Firebird – Nope, Not A Trans Am!

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If you regularly attend car shows and were born before, say, 1990, you could be forgiven for thinking that all Firebirds between 1970 and 1981 were Trans Ams. But there were other models: The plain-Jane ‘Bird, luxury Jim Rockford-approved Esprit, and the twin-scooped Formula, as seen here.

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I briefly spoke with the young owner, and he knew exactly what he had. Indeed, he seemed to appreciate that I didn’t think it was a Trans Am. I was very impressed with this car’s originality, with the Rally II wheels, nail-head cloth upholstery, and simple black-over-black color scheme.

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So, can anyone tell me if there was a stripe-delete option on these cars when new? Even if not, I kind of like it without them. Nice car!

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