What Car Does Dwight Schrute Drive?

Just like The Office itself, Dwight Schrute’s 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is a classic.
Written by Amber Reed
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Dwight Schrute might be one of the strangest—and most loved—characters ever created. Throughout all nine seasons of The Office, he drives a 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
Despite his seemingly boring job as Assistant to the Regional Manager, Dwight once described himself as “hard-working, alpha male, jackhammer, merciless, insatiable”—so it’s fitting that he’d choose a vintage muscle car for his ride. Dwight can be seen checking the Firebird’s suspension throughout the series, and it even has a starring role in episodes such as “The Injury,” “The Merger,” and “Free Family Portrait Studio.”
Want to learn more about Dwight’s 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and its role in The Office? Here are all the details. 
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1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Dwight’s 1987
Pontiac Firebird
Trans Am was already a little dated by the time The Office premiered in 2005, but for the paper salesman and beet farmer known for his bizarre brand of machismo—it works.
 The Pontiac Firebird was produced from 1967 to 2002 and was marketed as a competitor to the
Ford Mustang
, the
Chevrolet Camaro
, and other pony cars. Dwight’s 1987 Trans Am was part of Pontiac’s third generation of Firebirds, which were designed with fuel efficiency in mind. This meant that horsepower and torque numbers were low—but with a 5.0-liter V8 TPI engine that could go 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, the 1987 Firebird was still decently impressive for its day.
Its most unique feature was the set of pop-up headlights which set it apart from the competition and previous Firebird models.
The 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am makes its first appearance in The Office in The Fire (season two, episode four) when Dwight is jealous of Michael’s favor towards Ryan. Dwight is seen sulking in the car while listening to “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.
Here are some more classic episodes of The Office that feature Dwight’s Firebird.

“The Injury” (season two, episode 12)

After Michael accidentally burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill and calls the office, Dwight hurries off to get him. On the way, he crashes the 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am into a pole (giving himself a concussion) and vomits on his windshield before getting back in the car and resuming his mission to “save” Michael! 
“The Injury” is one of the highest-rated episodes in the series.

“The Merger” (season three, episode eight)

As employees from the Stanford and Scranton branches adjust to the merger of the two offices, Andy and Dwight try to one-up each other. Andy disses Dwight’s car when he calls it a “dork mobile,” and Dwight retaliates by trashing Andy’s
Nissan Xterra
, saying “Xterra’s not even a real word!”

“Free Family Portrait Studio” (season eight, episode 24)

After Dwight steals baby Philip’s diaper in order to do a DNA test to confirm he’s his son, Angela and Dwight take off in a high-speed car chase. Dwight eventually calls his cousin Mose, who shows up in an identical 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am to throw Angela off the trail.
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Dwight’s other cars

The first and last episodes of The Office allude to two other cars owned by Dwight Schrute:
  • In the pilot episode, Dwight claims that he bought and restored a 1978 Nissan 280Z, doubling its value in the process.
  • In the season finale, which takes place a year after the end of the “documentary,” Dwight can be seen driving a 2012 Header Orange Dodge Challenger SRT8.
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