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On the Genesis of the Third-Gen Pontiac Firebird – and How it Became KITT

Posted June 02, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

[Editor’s Note: While the Firebird’s getting paired with the Camaro for many 50th anniversary celebrations this year, David Newhardt’s latest book, “Pontiac Firebird: 50 Years,” focuses just on the Pontiac pony car and various incarnations. In this excerpt provided to us by publisher Motorbooks, Newhardt takes a look at the third-generation Firebird and how it became the world’s most famous crime-fighting autonomous car.]

Chapter Three: The Dark Ages

As the 1980s gathered steam, it was clear that Pontiac, like all auto manufacturers, was being led by legislation. The US government had, starting in the late 1960s, imposed regulations via the Clean Air Act of 1963 that put limits on vehicle emissions. The air in some large American cities had become horribly polluted, and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots between tailpipe emissions and smog. As the decades wore on, the standards became increasingly stringent.

Story of the actor behind the character, or rather, the car behind the voice.

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Arguably one of the first 3D printers as well!

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