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1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit as Featured in The Rockford Files TV Series

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1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit as Featured in The Rockford Files TV Series


– Used in the TV series Rockford Files and several made for TV movies
– Documented with a letter of authenticity from Ray Claridge of Cinema Vehicle Services
– Presented in as-filmed condition
– 11,862 original miles
– Factory Formula model that was modified to look like an Esprit to better suit Jim Rockford
– Originally Glacier Blue but painted Gold for use in the Rockford Files
– The hood was swapped and rear spoiler removed
– 350 CI V-8, automatic transmission
– Radial Tuned Suspension
– Air conditioning
– Power steering and brakes
– Very recognizable Rockford Files Firebird
– Formerly part of the Nelson Performance Car Museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Rockford Firebird was updated a number of times throughout the show’s run from 1974 to 1980, but not after 1978, when this Firebird Formula was repainted from its original Glacier Blue to match the Copper Mist used in previous seasons. To match the earlier Esprit models, the car’s scooped hood was replaced with a standard unit and the three-piece rear spoiler was removed and the holes filled. The reason the car was carried over into the 1979 and 1980 seasons was simple: Garner disliked the new front end treatment introduced on the Firebird in 1979.




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