Reduced weight and better handling were in store for the Firebird’s third generation (1982-92). New refinements like pop-up headlights made the F-body more aerodynamic and fuel efficient. In a Firebird first, buyers could check a four-cylinder engine option (the 2.5L Iron Duke) and get well over 30 MPG. For those interested in performance, third-gen Firebirds and Trans Ams could get Chevrolet-sourced 305 or 350 V8s. The F-body also received Buick’s turbocharged 3.8L V6, for the Turbo Trans Am. The Firebird’s third generation gave us the famed Trans Am GTA and Firehawk, while welcoming the return of a convertible option starting in 1987. On the small screen, a 1982 Trans Am continued the Firebird’s fame, playing K.I.T.T. in TV’s Knight Rider. Even the latest third generation Firebirds are now several decades old, so make sure yours is in tip-top shape with these upgrade and performance parts.