The new Formula 400, replacing the 1967-’69 Firebird 400, was redesigned for 1970 with an entirely new look that was widely acclaimed by the press as a much more “European” looking car. The standard motor was the L78 400-ci V8 with 10.25:1 compression rated at 330-hp/430 lb-ft. The Formula came with firmer springs/shocks, front/rear stabilizer bars, and standard power front disc brakes which also added to the younger and more sporty demanding crowd.
Where the Trans Am was, without argument, an “in your face machine”, the Formula 400 exhibited a much more “sleeper” look, allowing the 2nd gen Firebird’s gorgeous Italian sports car-inspired lines to shine without the race car stripes, spoilers, and canards adorning its extroverted brother. Packing all the performance goodies and capabilities of the road race-ready T/A in a less radical package, the Formula 400, was a nice middle ground between pony/muscle car and European-styled GT sport coupes.
This example was a one-owner car that has just over 63,000 original miles and is a nice unmolested example with a 4 speed manual transmission. It comes with all of the original documentation, including the build sheet/brochure/window sticker/pre-delivery checklist, that confirms its originality. The exterior did have a repaint in the early 90’s but still looks good and the interior is 100% original. The owner explained that the car did not originally have the ram air but all of the associated items were available so he installed to allow for better airflow and additional horse power. Everything else on the car is as is came from the factory, including the suspension, exhaust, and the motor. This is a very rare find indeed.