1969 Firebird

Production:

75,362 2dr coupe
11,649 2 dr convertible
689 2 dr coupe Trans Am
RA IV (L67) / Automatic 9
RA IV (L67) / Manual 46
RAIII (L74) / Automatic 114
RAIII (L74) / Manual 520
8 2 dr convertible Trans Am (anyone have one of these they want to sell cheap?)
(L74) / Automatic 4
(L74) / Manual 4
87,708 Total
Facts:
Although considered first-generation Firebirds, the 1969 models received an extensive exterior facelift along with a new interior. Still available as a coupe and a convertible, their most noticeable change was still built on the 108 in. wheelbase, but it was longer, wider and heavier.

All Firebirds got steering column ignition and steering gearshift interlock designed to deter theft. The ignition key receptacle was also located on the steering column. The optional power steering unit included a variable ratio, and the optional disc brakes featured a new single piston caliper.

Engine specs for the 250 ci ohc six and the 350 ci two-barrel V-8 were unchanged from those in 1968. The L76 350 HO was uprated to 325 hp thanks to a different cam and new cylinder heads.

The regular 400 and the 400 HO–also known as the Ram Air II– were basically carryovers from 1968.

Under the L67 designation was the 400 Ram Air IV, which pumped out 345 hp. Differing from the previous Ram Air II, it had an aluminum intake manifold, 1.65:1 rocker arms and oblong combustion chambers for better flow. It also had the four-bolt main block–as did the 400 HO.

Identification between the differing Firebird models was similar to that between previous offerings. The base six-cylinder Firebird got Overhead Cam 4.1 liter lettering on both sides of the hood bulge.(is this the first US car to use the liters description?) (No, says Ken Reimer . The 64 GTO was the 1st to use litre displacement badges with the 6.5Litre emblem.) The optional Sprint six got additional rocker panel emblems. The 350 ci powered cars got 350 emblems on both sides of the hood bulge, but the only way you could identify 350 HO powered Firebirds was by the air cleaner decal, as the HO stripes were deleted in 1969.

The 400 powered Firebirds came with the twin hood scoops and 400 hood and trunk lid emblems.

The 1969 Firebirds were also built at an additional location: the Norwood, Ohio, plant.

Three types of Ram Air hoods were offered. The first design, which was introduced as a mid 1968 modification, let the driver control the intake of outside air by means of cable-operated flapper valves. This was standard with the L67 Ram Air IV and optional with the L74 400 ci V-8s. The second system included underhood-grill-mounted air intakes to complement the hood-mounted system. The Trans Am got the third hood with forward-mounted scoops.

Discontinued during the model year were the optional adjustable Koni shocks and the optional wire wheel covers.

Headrests were optional at the beginning of the model year but became standard equipment by midyear.

In March, the Firebird Trans Am became available. In its first year of production, the Trans Am was an option package, WS4, available on the coupe or convertible. It consisted of the 400 HO engine, three-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty suspension with front and rear sway bars, power steering and brakes, and Safe-T-Track rear. Visually, the Trans Am could be identified by the functional front fender air extractors, dual hood-roof-deck stripes, a hood that had wider scoops located just behind the bumper, a blacked-out grill and a rear deck spoiler. In the interior, the Trans Am got three-spoke wood-grain steering wheel. Optional was the 400 Ram Air IV engine, with a four-speed manual or Turbo Hydra-matic automatic transmission. Trans Am decals were located on the front fenders. The Trans Am was available in only one color, Cameo White.

A total of 689 Trans Am coupes were built — 634 with the 400 HO engine, broken down as 114 with a manual transmission and 520 with the automatic. Ram Air IV powered Trans Ams were produced as follows: forty-six with manual and nine with the automatic. The eight convertibles built were all powered by the 400 HO and were split evenly between manual and automatic transmissions.

Above information from the “Firebird Red Book” – buy it, it’s the best I’ve found.

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