Pontiac Firebird Convertible
The Firebird actually arrived on the scene three months later in 1967 than its sister F-body car, the Chevrolet Camaro. Initially, Pontiac General Manager John DeLorean felt the marque would do better with an inexpensive version of the two-seat Banshee show car. When that didn’t happen, the division was quick to accept the pony car, and the Firebird was born – it proved a good decision and marketing success. Pontiac’s 326-cubic inch V-8 was the standard engine, but it shared outside dimensions with the more powerful 400-cubic inch V-8, so engineers were quick to bless the car with the larger engine from the very beginning.
For Firebird’s third season on the market, the cars were given new styling, which included a nose similar to the upcoming 1970 Le Mans. Interior styling was updated from previous years, too. The car received the Firebird 400 moniker when the 400-cubic inch engine option was ordered, which included a floor-mounted shifter, dual hood scoops, dual exhausts, heavy-duty suspension and Wide-Oval redline or blackwall tires.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
325 hp, 400 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 101"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel