1968 Pontiac Firebird
A powerful rival for Ford Mustang, the Pontiac Firebird saw daylight in 1967 when the US company rolled out both the 2-door coupe and the 2-door convertible. Even if it was based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Camaro, the Firebird had numerous different parts, starting with the design and ending with the engines. If the most significant appearance change is the body-integrated front bumpers, more differences could be found under the hood as the first generation Firebird came with a choice of a few 6 cylinders and V8 options. Thank you very much John DeLorean, and pass the mirror.
For consignment, a fully PHS documented and 2 build sheet equipped 1968 version, (from the second year), Pontiac Firebird with the WK coded 350ci HO V8 under the hood. This version has been lovingly cared for like a favorite toy, played with then put carefully away for the next time. A multi-time show winner at the Carlisle GM events, plus some local show wins make this 4 wheel power disc brake equipped bird not only a cooker but also a looker. Mystic Teal paint, and that iconic front Pontiac "beak" with the wraparound bumper are just a few of the many highlights that exist with this car.
Dressed in carefully applied Mystic Teal, the coating is presenting very nicely. The front "beaked" grille and bumper setup is just the beginning of the sleek design. Dual dual headlights in horizontal configuration and a lower front chin that houses the signal lights and more openings to keep this beaked beast nice and cool. The long pony car hood with twin ram air scoops and a hood mounted tachometer runs back to the front glass with shiny trimming surrounds. Gaps are carefully minded and the straight steel has no rust or dings. A center crease runs from the front stainless encircled wheel well through the door to the rear of the car. A shiny rocker covering is on and is very straight and no rust or errors above or below this trimming. One of my favorite aspects of this design is actually from the B pillar to the rear deck and tail lighting which has the twin horizontal tail lights on either side, and a shiny bumper below. That pillar is nice and wide and has a wonderful line keeping the rear glass fairly small considering, but giving the car a sleeker look than the Camaro. Dual exhaust peeks out from under the rear quarter panels behind the tires. Polished American Racing Torque Thrust wheels in 17-inch form are wrapped in staggered width Sumitomo rubber on all 4 corners. Noted for future things to come, a small screaming chicken badge is on the front quarters.
Black vinyl covers the swooping door panels which along with the headliner, carpeting, seat covers and foams, a package shelf dash pad and deluxe steering wheel now all like new and in black vinyl. Front seats which are low back bomber style buckets up front and for the rear a bench, all sporting some stitched inserts and smooth bolsters. In the center on the hump is the chrome handled Hurst shifter within reach of the driver's right arm. The inward raked look covers the dash and here, a quadrant of aftermarket gauges reside along with 3 toggles, all within a gray plastic insert. Our consignor notes that the original radio and temperature control slides are included with the purchase. In front of the driver within that raked inward dash are deep set circular gauges flanked by shiny knobs and pulls on either side. A rally styled wood steering wheel is fronting this dash. As noted the headliner is black, nice and tight and black carpeting, very clean but slightly faded, is on the floors, and the Firebird logo has pressed into the black rubber floor mats. The interior is hovering around showroom quality and certainly emulates the original as intended from the factory.
Under the hood within a finely restored engine bay sits the numbers matching Mystic Teal painted 350ci HO V8, which carries the WK stamping code. It has stock heads, casting number 18 to be exact, with chromed valve coverings. Under the chrome open air cleaner covering is a single 4-barrel carburetor, and on back, is the correct Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Way in the back is a 10 bolt rear axle weighing in with a 3.36 ratio. Presenting to the world as does the, interior, exterior and undercarriage in nicely restored condition. Dual exhaust and a Flowmaster muffler system are there for the exhale.
I notice and our consignor states and documents new suspension bushings and the addition of power steering to the car. All this menagerie is backed by a pristine black stamped steel floor pans, unibody, and rocker environment. This car uses 4 wheel power disc braking which is like new. Also, we note an independent coil sprung front suspension working in conjunction with leaf springs in the rear.
She fired right up, and off to the test track I went where it performed wonderfully. Nice acceleration, bias free braking and crisp manual shifting. The horn and wipers were not working and we also noted the steering was a tad sloppy.
Here at Classic Auto Mall we have had very few of these examples, and sad to say this writer feels these examples are the best of the bunch when you compare them to the ubiquitous Mustang and Camaro, (yawn). This car has style, has sleek looks, and I'd be proud to have it in my garage or leading a 1 car parade down Main street. Worth a close look.
37-Hardtop Sport Coupe
U-Lordstown, OH Assy Plant
144937-V8 Sequential Unit Number
02C-3rd Week February Build
ST 68 22637-1968 Firebird Hardtop Coupe, Custom Interior
BDY LOR16922-Lordstown Body #
TR 259-Black Custom Strato Buckets
PNT GG-April Gold
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