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48 years owned 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
Here we have available a 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible, making it a first-year example, available from the owner of 48 years. The seller purchased the car as a rolling project in 1975 and brought it back to life in an exhaustive restoration, painting it in 1979. He has had it long enough to have completed a further rolling restoration, installing a Chevrolet 350 cubic inch V8 in 1993 and having the car painted to its wonderful finish in 2014, car has been used only sparingly since. A look through the servicing records included in the gallery confirms that this car has been attended to an ongoing basis while in the custodianship of the seller. The appraiser’s report is further testament to this. We encourage followers to read the appraiser’s report, particularly the sections regarding funds invested and constant improvements to the car. Notable indicators of this car being a 1967 are the functional vent windows – deleted from the 1968 models – and the absence of side marker lights, whose first model year was 1968.
CCC Vital Info 48 Years Owned 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
Lot – 103
Seller – GMPony (Private)
Seller location – Cumberland, Ottawa, On K4C
VIN – 223677U150267
Odometer – 31,000 miles, True Mileage Unknown (TMU)
Engine Info – 350 cubic inch V8, rebuilt
Transmission Info – TH-350 3-speed Automatic
Exterior Colour – Solar Red (BMW paint)
Interior Colour – Black
Other features – Excellent paint, Gleaming chrome, Very well kept
Category – American
Hagerty.Ca Valuation (#3 – #2) – $31,800 – $61,500
Carfax – N/A for pre-1981 model year
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CCC Back Lot price $24,000 + Buyer Premium of 4.99% (Taxable)
The solar red paint was applied following the 2014 driving season. An invoice is on hand setting out the cost of over $14,000 and, given the light use of the car since, the finish continues to reflect the owner’s choice of a premium paint job. Also in the gallery is a paint label setting out the solar red product code and manufacturer, BMW. The convertible top is also in excellent condition, photos in the gallery illustrate this including the two very minor flaws, same for the vinyl rear window which can be unzipped for ventilation and remains very clear. Photographed separately from the car is a boot for the top, which can be installed with the top down to hide it away. Chrome including bumpers is also excellent and emblems are complete. Doors open and close easily and freely, as do the hood and trunk – please see the videos on the listing. Cragar chrome rims measure 15” in diameter, are more recent, retain a bright shine and show no signs of pitting or corrosion. They are wrapped in a staggered set of black wall BF Goodrich T/A radials – wheels and tires are an appropriate period-correct choice. The T/As measure 215/65 in the front while the rears check in at 235/70. They have a good remaining tread and yield an aggressive muscle-car look – complemented by the hood scoops. All lights function as designed, light lenses are intact and crack-free. The period-appropriate wheel upgrade notwithstanding, the car has a mostly stock look – the antenna being moved to the rear being an exception. Glass and mirrors are excellent, a tinted windshield up front, and panel gaps are excellent – all as noted on the appraiser’s report, with mention that bumpers and certain panels have been updated.
The interior is very presentable with hints of both patina and further period-correct upgrades. Some of the custom touches include the Grant Sport GT steering wheel, B&M shifter, accessory gauges mounted mid-dash (battery, temperature and oil pressure, one is disconnected) and an Alpine AM/FM cassette stereo head unit with Alpine speaker boxes on the rear seats. The car was originally a manual transmission car and, interestingly, retains a disconnected clutch pedal camouflaged under the carpets – this is illustrated in the gallery. While carpets embrace the original look of this car, they are sun-faded even though this car is stored under cover – a restoration point if the new owner has Concours condition in mind. The black vinyl seats have been re-covered and are free of any rips or tears. Four lap belts are on offer, the dash and sun visor match the seats’ untorn condition.
The Chevy 350 V8 is supported by a dual exhaust to yield a muscular exhaust note – please see the videos and ensure sound is turned up. On offer are a start-up video and various driving videos – all supporting the position that the engine starts, idles and runs easily and smoothly. Being a Chev powerplant, the 350 is not stock and was rebuilt prior to installation in this car. Owner notes minor play in the gas pedal, an inexpensive replacement could be had if the new owner’s goal is perfection. Bright Edelbrock valve covers and air cleaner dress up the engine bay and are complemented by very presentable painted surfaces. Headers do show surface rust though this does not detrimentally affect function or their throaty sound. The Turbo-Hydra-Matic 350 (TH-350) automatic transmission is a three-speed powering the rear wheels. Differential is stock with a 3.36 ratio and posi-traction is on hand. Other mechanical features include Holley carburetor, High Energy electric ignition, chrome thermostat housing and aluminum intake manifold. Suspension remains stock or close to, with the rear having been rebuilt – springs, bushings, hardware, power disc brakes provide stopping power. The differential has also been rebuilt with refreshed seals and bearings – alternate gear set and traction equalizing feature were also added. The underside photos are free of corrosion beyond minor surface rust and for Ontario bidders, the owner believes this car will pass safety as it sits today.