The Missing formula

The Missing formula

Shreef Al Saffar’s 1973 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

All you need to know about the 1973 Pontiac Firebird is that Clint Eastwood owned one. What better stamp of coolness do you need?


At a time when muscle cars continued to shed power in the new energy-conscious era the 1973 Firebird lived to see another year, and the Formula 400 played a big part in its longevity and journey to iconic stature. In the face of the looming energy crisis and dwindling pony car sales, the Firebird had lost some engine power over the years. The Formula 400 V8 rectified this by sliding the power up to 250-hp, with its new “egg crate” grill inserts, revised Endura bumper, and later the introduction of the “Screaming Phoenix” all-over hood decoration. It's thanks to the formula 400 that the 1973 Firebird is one of the few truly classic racing performance cars in history.

Shreef has owned his stunning Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 for seven years. He brought it from a friend in Bahrain who had initially purchased the car from its first owner in the US. As a child it had been his dream car to own, and it was a plus that this particular model was still stock, clean and rust free.dsc_9104


In perfect mint condition. Shreef tells us that he usually drives it once or twice a week, and he occasionally treats himself to a daily drive. He generally only takes it for short trips, but has driven to Kuwait in it before, and says its an incredibly comfortable dive, and the attention garnered from the fantastic looking beast helps too.

An avid collector of classic cars Shreef also owns a 1969 Chevrolet C10, and a 1949 Ford F100. But the Pontiac firebird Formula 400 takes pride of place in his heart. He has shown the vintage beauty at several car shows over the past few years including the Batelco Car show and the Durrat Al Bahrain car show. You can tell when talking to Shreef how incredibly proud of seeing his child hood dream come to life.



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