1977 - The Last of ...
 
Notifications
Clear all

1977 - The Last of the Mint's Original Pony Cars


Pete Rovero
(@pete-rovero)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 681
Topic starter  

At the beginning of 1975, only two of the original 1960's pony cars were still being produced---the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird.  Mustang had been downsized to subcompact status (although still technically a pony car), and Barracuda, Challenger, and Javelin were all axed by their respective manufacturer.  The Mints basically ignored the 70's decade after 1971. However, the Franklin Mint did produce one last '70's pony car, the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  After receiving it I remember being a bit disappointed with the parts content of the model, but it sure looked good!  The first FM Trans Am was produced for the Franklin Mint Car Collector's Club members, and soon other issues followed.

FM 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Buccaneer Red (FM Collector Car Club)

IMG 0380
IMG 0381
IMG 0382

FM 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Starlight Black (This car would later be reissued as a boxed Smokey and the Bandit set)

IMG 0383
IMG 0384
IMG 0385

FM 1977 Pontiac Firebird Esprit Buckskin (Jim Rockford Firebird built from police T/A)

IMG 0386
IMG 4959
IMG 0388
OWRG5837

This concludes the first-generation Pony Car Series (because I ran out of cars). I hope you all enjoyed it.  Thanks for looking!

 


100Ford2003, Ed Davis, David Green and 6 people liked
Quote
john barry
(@john-barry)
Famed Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 4526
 

Thank you Pete.....for the very considerable effort you put forth in documenting the ponies.....your pictures and commentary deserve a place here where we could reference them easily


ReplyQuote
Bob Jackman
(@bob-jackman)
Famed Member Registered
Joined: 25 years ago
Posts: 3241
 

Pete, your Jim Rockford Firebird is another work of art...thanks for sharing.


ReplyQuote
John Napoli
(@carsman1958)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 659
 

Pete;  I agree with John Barry as well.  Thank you for sharing all the great photo's and the history.  I have the 2 FM that you showed and missed out on a White one.  Had a chance to buy, but passed and when I went back to the shop, he had sold it.  Told me a lady came in a few days after I was last there.  Oh well.


ReplyQuote
100Ford2003
(@100ford2003)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 718
 

Hey Pete, 

I gotta agree 101% with Bob !

Nice to see 'Rockford' again ! BTW, a buddy of mine is drummer in a band named Rockford. Yes, they named themselves after the series.

Steve


ReplyQuote
Pete Rovero
(@pete-rovero)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 681
Topic starter  

@john-barry 

You're welcome, and thanks JB.  I tagged all of the posts "Pony Car" so to find them easily you can go to the bottom of the page, click on Tags and either find the tag that says Pony Car or do a tag search and find them that way.


ReplyQuote
Pete Rovero
(@pete-rovero)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 681
Topic starter  

@bob-jackman 

My two favorites are the Rockbird and the '69 silver jade Mustang sportsroof.  They're displayed where I can see them every day---in front of the TV! 


ReplyQuote
Pete Rovero
(@pete-rovero)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 681
Topic starter  

@100ford2003 

@carsman1958

Thank you both!


ReplyQuote
Geoff Jowett
(@geoff-jowett)
Prominent Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 952
 

been a great series, not just the pics but the succinct information, along with the chance to see your own creations, thanks Pete

This post was modified 7 days ago by Geoff Jowett

ReplyQuote
john barry
(@john-barry)
Famed Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 4526
 
Posted by: @pete-rovero

@john-barry 

You're welcome, and thanks JB.  I tagged all of the posts "Pony Car" so to find them easily you can go to the bottom of the page, click on Tags and either find the tag that says Pony Car or do a tag search and find them that way.

perfect ! .......Ya gotta love the TAG system....thanks Pete


ReplyQuote
Pete Rovero
(@pete-rovero)
Honorable Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 681
Topic starter  

@geoff-jowett 

Thank you Geoff!


ReplyQuote
George Schire
(@georgeschire)
Famed Member
Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 2606
 

Great comments and memories.  I've always felt the Big Three lost all direction by the late 1970's and going forward they were just producing machines with wheels on them, with little imagination put in to them.  Gone was the excitement of cars being different and individual to a buyers taste.  

George Schire
Oakdale, Minnesota


ReplyQuote
Share: