Way before Smokey and the Bandit there was another famous firebird or firebirds. James Garner as Jim Rockford drove firebirds on the show The Rockford Files ... and he drove them HARD.
In my search today for a period correct firebird I was dismayed to find lots of Trans Ams and Formula Firebirds but not very many plane old Firebirds. It seems to me I appreciate the earlier roof style now as they have become less common. I would build a Rockford Tribute Car. Pontiac V8, automatic, ralley wheels ...1973 firebird