The first generation Firebird had characteristicCoke bottle stylingshared with its cousin, theChevrolet Camaro. Announcing a Pontiac styling trend, the Firebird's bumpers were integrated into the design of the front end, giving it a more streamlined look than the Camaro. The Firebird's rear "slit" taillights were inspired by the 1966–1967Pontiac GTO. Both a two-doorhardtopand aconvertiblewere offered through the 1969 model year. Originally, the car was a "consolation prize" for Pontiac, which had desired to produce a two-seat sports car based on its originalBansheeconcept car. However, GM feared this would cut intoChevrolet Corvettesales, and gave Pontiac a piece of the "pony car" market through sharing theF-bodyplatform withChevrolet.