1983 Pontiac Firebird 'Targa' Coupe (RHD)
|Interior||Black & Beige|
Forever linked to the cult television series "Knight Rider", Pontiac's stunning third generation Firebird debuted in 1982 to critical acclaim. Although the model retained the traditional front engine/rear drive layout of its predecessor, the new Firebird looked sensational, with modern, aerodynamic styling shared with the latest Camaro. GM's latest F-body was now of unibody construction; smaller and lighter but with more interior and luggage space than ever before. Notable features included the frameless rear hatchback and halogen headlamps hidden in the chiselled nose. The aviation-inspired interior featured a cockpit-like dashboard and some welcome improvements, including the adoption of adjustable seatbacks. Powering the new Firebird were engines ranging from the 2.5-litre four-cylinder, a 2.8-litre V6 and a 5-litre V8 and the buyer had a seemingly endless choice of handling, trim and performance options. Three versions were offered, including the base model, mid-level S/E and range-topping Trans-Am, each with a unique suspension set-up and wheel/tyre package. For the second year of production, Pontiac added both five-speed manual and four-speed automatic as transmissions options. The Trans-Am package for 1983 also included power brakes and steering, 5.0-litre V8 and five-speed transmission, a 3.73:1 back axle ratio, reclining front bucket seats and P195/75R14 tyres on special alloy wheels. The high-tech image of the new Firebird was enhanced by KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), which co-starred alongside David Hasselhoff on the small screen for much of the early 1980s and - like the DeLorean - the Firebird remains one of the most instantly recognisable cars of the period.