I know this sounds like a Cafe Society question, but actually is a question about the type of Firebird used in “The Rockford Files”.
Whenever Jim Rockford wants to get his car to go faster, he seems to pull down on his gear shift and send it all the way to the end of the column. However, it looks like an automatic transmission car. You never see him shift gears at any other time.
In every automatic transmission car, I’ve driven , if you pull the gearshift all the way to the bottom, you’re in the lowest gear.
So what was up with the transmission on mid-1970s Firebirds?