This page of the 1969 Firebird sales brochure features a Carousel Red Firebird convertible at the beach. The text reads, Say hello to Big Daddy. It doesn't take much figuring to understand why we call this year's 400 the Big Daddy of the Firebird series. 400 cubic inches of V-8. 300 hp at 4800 rpm. 430 lb-ft torque at 3300 rpm. 10.75:1 compression ratio. 4-barrel carburetion. Heavy-duty, fully synchronized, 3-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter. Dual exhausts. Redline wide-oval . And an extra-firm suspension with Firebird's new composite U-joints for a quarter, smooth ride. You sure wouldn't name a machine like that "mom." Frankly, we don't know what you'd call our 400 after you've opted for a 400 H.O. with its high-output cam and free-flowing exhaust. Maybe even with a Ram Air package. Our 400 Ram Air IV is a different breed altogether. High-output cam and springs. Oversize valves. Flat-top pistons with valve indents. Developing 345 horses. Ram Air IV promotes free breathing through two functional hood scoops which can be closed from the driver's seat in case the weatherman misses on a "sunny day" prediction. Other nifties you might want to order include mag-type Rally II wheels. A hood-mounted tach. Single-piston front power disc brakes. A rear-mounted power radio antenna. Variable-ratio power steering. (The farther you turn, the faster you turn.) A newly designed custom air conditioner. Stereo tape. Custom, wide-tread fiber-glass cord tires. A close-ratio synchronized 4-speed. Or our 3-speed Turbo Hydra-matic which comes with a rally sports shifter when you order a console. Big Daddy? Big Daddy?
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