326/4-Speed: 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible

Sometimes one manufacturer can catch another napping, and such was the case with the First Generation Firebird and its cousin, the Chevrolet Corvette. Ford blindsided General Motors when it slipped the covers off the Mustang in 1964, and it took Pontiac nearly three years to produce a competitor. It proved an effective weapon but never achieved the stratospheric sales totals of the Blue-Oval competition. This first-year Firebird Convertible presents well, featuring a V8/4-speed drivetrain combination. It could serve as a tidy driver, although it would take little money or effort to lift its presentation to a higher level. It needs a new home, with the seller listing it here on eBay in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The bidding has raced to $18,100 in a No Reserve auction, meaning it is days away from finding that new owner.

The seller indicates their younger brother purchased the Firebird a few months ago, not hesitating in slipping behind the wheel to drive it from its sale location on a two-hour trip to his home. The car presents well, although it did receive an older repaint in its original shade of Code N Burgundy. A previous owner added the contrasting White stripes, although removing them would not be challenging if the new owner seeks a more “stock” appearance. The paint shines well, with only a few marks and chips to reveal its age. The same applies to the panels, which have a few minor bumps and bruises. The previous owner kept the car in a heated garage when it wasn’t prowling the streets, helping explain its rust-free status. The seller went over the panels with magnets, finding no signs of Bondo or other nasty surprises. The Black power top fits as tight as a drum, the chrome appears good for a survivor-grade car, and the Rally II wheels and trim rings look excellent.

Powering this Pontiac is a 326ci V8 that sends 250hp to the road via the rear wheels and a four-speed manual transmission. There is also power steering for those wishing to experience effortless driving. The performance of this classic should be comparable to the competition, with this Convertible capable of covering the ¼ mile in 16.1 seconds. The seller indicates the previous owner treated the transmission to a rebuild, stating the clutch and transmission function smoothly. They say the title indicates a genuine odometer reading of 36,000 miles, but with no other proof, I’d probably treat the claim at face value. The engine is believed to be original, but as with the odometer reading, the seller isn’t certain of that fact. It runs and drives well, allowing the successful bidder to fly in and drive home.

The Pontiac’s interior looks tidy, trimmed in Red vinyl. It includes a console with the shifter for the four-speed poking through. The seller believes the carpet may be reasonably new, but the remaining trim and upholstery look original. There are no rips, tears, or evidence of UV damage. The state of the wheel makes the mileage claim seem plausible, with no apparent problems. It isn’t highly optioned, and there are aftermarket additions. The previous owner fitted a radio/cassette player, an oh-so-1980s Alpine graphic equalizer, and four matching speakers. Swapping the cassette for factory items should be possible, but with the speakers cut into the kick panels and rear trims, the buyer may need to start shopping around if they crave originality.

The sales figures demonstrate the scale of the mountain Pontiac faced with the 1967 Firebird. Ford sold an incredible 472,121 Mustangs that year, while Firebird sales numbered 82,560. The Hardtop outnumbered the Convertible by more than 4:1, with 15,528 buyers selecting the drop-top. Many succumbed to the rust issues that plagued cars from this era, while others were driven to destruction by uncaring owners. This Convertible has survived in a tidy state, and some minor panel and paint work would lift its presentation to a higher level. However, its needs are so minor that its new owner could drive it indefinitely untouched. The bidding sits at a modest level for a vehicle of this type, but it could climb as high as $30,000 if two or more people set their hearts on ownership. Are you willing to join the bidding party? If you do, I think I speak for our readers when I wish you good luck.

Comments

  1. Bill Potts

    Beautiful car,I’m partial to Pontiacs. I’ve owned two. I owned a used 1963 Tempest pillared coupe, automatic transmission and the 326 engine. I wish that I had kept it,but the first gas crisis in the 70’s convinced me to trade for a Corolla in 1976. It was a great car,put on almost 80,000 miles on a 20,000 mile car. One of my number of regrets.

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  2. Jerry Bramlett

    Wow. This same car was shown here in October. Most of the discussion then was about the extensive rust damage in the floors.

    https://barnfinds.com/underpriced-1967-pontiac-firebird-convertible/

    From the current eBay ad description: “A magnet was run over the entire body and there were no weak spots that I could find anywhere. I would say this car was painted somewhere in the early 2000’s, and it was well stored over the years, so that’s why I believe it stayed in such good shape. The prior owner placed those HO stripes on the sides. He had always kept it in his heated garage. The floors and frame look in good condition from everywhere I inspected.”

    I believe the current seller might need to hire a skilled lawyer in the future. This is not likely to end well for him.

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    • Jerry Bramlett

      After reading all the negative feedbacks in the seller’s eBay history, I believe he’s sold several rustbuckets in the past. He knows exactly what he’s selling.

      He’s probably braced for the inevitable blow-back and already has a lawyer on retainer.

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  3. CalMotor Member

    When mentioning the Firebird’s cousin, I believe you meant to say Camaro, not Corvette, right?

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  4. Kirk Stankiewicz

    I have been an Auto Technician since 1975. I have nothing for scumbag flippers like this and I used to LOVE calling them out. Especially if the prospective new owner was wise enough to request an inspection. Check the paperwork. Is it in his name? If not- pass through s are illegal in most states. They do not discriminate- Ive seen them rip off young kids and old ladies. Flood cars- rotten chassis-rotten brake and fuel lines- bad collision repairs- frame welding- on it goes. Jail is good place for them- and I am glad to help.

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  5. Steve

    Got my driver’s license in the 70s in a 67 firebird 326 ci auto trans. Because of the gas crisis i hunted down a tri-power off a GTO with a crane fireball cam, anti pumpup lifters,headers, 350 auto with stall converter. Big 50 series tires on ET rims. Crazy fun but keeping it on the road was a chore. hey , I was a kid. Having a lot of fun!

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  6. Mike Decker

    The entire 69 & 70 Pontiac line made a lasting impression on this enthusiast at the time. The styling, speed, colors, and comforts are unforgettable. If one really wants to know how good a car looks & performs, ask any 12 or 13 year old !

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