It’s a red letter day on craigslist if you’re looking for a pair of automatic transmission-equipped, low-mileage and low-spec muscle cars. This 1978 Pontiac Firebird Formula here on craigslist in Detroit has a mere 5,500 miles on the clock with no price listed, while this 1977 Chevy Camaro LT here on craigslist in Seattle has only two owners and just over 50,000 original miles. The price is listed for the Camaro at $16,995, whereas the Firebird seller is a bit more coy and encourages fair offers.
Personally, I dig the Camaro despite the strong asking price. It’s so rare to find one that isn’t a well-equipped Z/28 example yet has been treated as if it was a low-production variant of Chevy’s famous muscle car. This one was purchased by the long-time second owners with 13,000 miles on the clock in 1978 and has clearly been pampered by them ever since. While it may not be the most desirable example from a horsepower perspective, it does have power windows, air conditioning and cruise control.
The Firebird Formula is said to still have the new car smell, and I’d believe it with such low miles. The seller is quite enthusiastic about it being equipped with the Hurst Hatch T-top roof, going so far as to include multiple photos of the original carrying bag for the roof panels. I guess they make the car more unique, but I’m more impressed by the perfect paint and color-matched alloy wheels. It may not be a Trans-Am or WS6-equipped, but where are you going to find another one with mileage this low?
My guess is the seller of this Firebird is looking for similar money to the Camaro peddler. These two cars would make for a fantastic pair in the same garage, as they both share similar qualities of condition and equipment. While more information would be useful for the Firebird (especially given the annoying “make offer” listing), I’d be more curious to learn how both of these cars remained in such preserved condition. Well, I’ve told you which one I would choose – what about you?