CC Capsule: 1970 or 1971 Pontiac Firebird Esprit – Getting Groceries

We haven’t seen very many second-generation Firebirds here. This one and this one are the only full-on CCs I can find. And we’ve certainly not seen such an early example. That small-box eggcrate grille identifies this one as from 1970 or 1971.

The badging along the side says it’s the up-level Esprit model and packs the Pontiac 350 engine.  And it’s no trailer queen. Chips and dings all over the body say that it has been neither pampered nor restored, which is just how we like ‘em here at Curbside Classic. But its antique-vehicle plate suggests an owner who knows what s/he has.

But that owner isn’t afraid to drive it, either. I found it at the Walmart Neighborhood Market around the corner from my house, meaning that on this day it was doing grocery duty. This grocery getter isn’t good for a major shopping trip, though – the trunk is pretty tiny.