• Nov 6, 2009

1977 Pontiac FireBird by Pinkee's Rod Shop - Click above for high-res image gallery

This year's SEMA show might have been a bit smaller than in years past, but there were certainly some heavy hitters in the crowd that proved the old "quality, not quantity" adage. Take, for instance, this super-clean, super-fine 1977 Pontiac Firebird. Like the Ringbrothers "Afterburner" Fairlane and the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year 1962 Corvette C1-RS, the look is modern, yet definitely retro. Dreamed up by hot rod artist Jimmy Smith, it was crafted to life by Pinkee's Rod Shop of Windsor, Colorado.

It has a smooth-as-glass appearance with its gloss black paint dripping off its shaved and streamlined form. Elegantly simple billet wheels, naked headlamps and a restyled rear complete the exterior look. The interior hasn't been forgotten either, as it is fully custom and equally straightforward. The same can be said for the engine bay, which looks like a surgical O.R., with its LS7 engine resting neatly in a fully customized bay. It was easily one of our favorite cars at this year's show.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry but the round lights just ruin the classic Pontiac fascia was carried all the way down to the Pontiac 6000 introduced in the later years
      • 5 Years Ago
      Round headlamps and home-made dash are fails, but the rest looks clean. Dig the rear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sa-weeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!! :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put the square headlights back and I'll take it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats how you do it, nice and simple.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My only complaint is that I think its dropped a little too much. I'd raise it back up an inch or two. Beyond that I think this is amazing. I love the round headlights and I think the dash is a huge improvement. The fit and finish on the factory interiors was just horrible and this corrects all of that. This era of GM product was so overwrought with chrome bits and doodads and fussy trim - this car eliminates all of the tacky elements and lets the real core design show through. It looks completely modernized yet it doesn't lose its original personality or charm. Gorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got a 1978 TA, but I'm cool with customized versions. People should be able to transform their cars into anything they want even if it looks shabby, as long as it makes the person happy. You can try to be unique than the rest of the pack. I love the exhaust pipes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So cleanly executed, and no attention to detail was spared. Love it. The only minor criticism would be those front seats--I know they're like that to keep it old school, but I can't help but think it'll be uncomfortable without a headrest, especially with an LS7 engine to snap your head at every launch =P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Long live the FireChicken!

      What, no love for the Sunbird? What about the Sunfire?
      • 5 Years Ago
      as crocodile Dundee would say...Vary Noice kah
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, this is one clean car, everything seems to be pretty well done. It really looks like a brand new car.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shxt thats clean....
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