The king of Pontiac didn’t want a Firebird. Not at first, anyway.
No, John DeLorean, who had recently given the world the GTO, thought Pontiac should follow up with a right and proper sports car, a two-seater called the Banshee. The brass at GM said no, repeatedly, no doubt because they wanted to protect the Corvette.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/03/22/25-firebird-facts-enthusiast-should-know