326 V8 Roller: 1967 Pontiac Firebird

This 1967 Firebird could be an interesting project for several reasons. First, it was the first year the car was offered, staying in production through 2002. Second, it’s the only year you could get the 326 cubic inch V8, which was replaced by a 350 in 1968. And third, it may be a one-year-only color, which looks like Mariner Turquoise to me. The drivetrain is out of the car and parts are scattered about, so be prepared to take an inventory before you hand over the cash and load the trailer. Located in Carmel, New York, this Pontiac is available here on eBay where you not only have to beat the current bid of $4,001.99, you have to trigger the seller’s reserve.

Over its 35 years, the Firebird would become one of Pontiac’s longest-running nameplates and biggest sellers. In its first year, more than 82,000 copies were built and the numbers would continue to grow after that, aided by the hugely popular Trans Am model in the 1970s and 1980s. The motor and transmission were pulled from this Firebird at 70,000 miles. We’re told that the heads have been redone, but no mention is made as to what else might have been accomplished. The parts are sitting outside and not well organized, so you’ll have to assume they’re all there as the seller says.

The body has its share of bumps and bruises, and there is some rust in the sheet metal but it doesn’t appear to be rampant. We’re told the floorboards may be weak and more investigation will be needed to determine their condition. The paint might be original to the car and the seller advises this is a one-year-color which would look great when a new finish is applied. The interior, too, comes across as original though the vinyl is likely old and brittle and the carpeting and steering wheel will need replacing.

This is a restoration that got started but didn’t get very far before stalling out. Some aftermarket goodies will accompany the sale, including headers, an Edelbrock intake manifold, and some chrome parts, all of which indicate that plan was to soup up the Pontiac’s performance. To help sweeten the pot, the seller will throw in a set of period-correct Rally wheels that have already been reconditioned.

Comments

  1. Calipag

    What the heck, with the placement of the rear spoiler!!!! That is NOT factory installed!!

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    • Melton Mooney

      Correct. The know-it-alls over at the F-Body sites say that no camaro or firebird left the factory with a front or rear spoiler in 67, although some were probably dealer installed at customer request.

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      • joenywf64

        I find it VERY hard to believe that NO ’67 Z28s came with a rear spoiler from the factory. If that’s true, if rear spoilers were dealer installed on some ’67 camaros or ’67 firebirds, it would be for a CHEVY ONLY rear spoiler & a ’68 or ’69 one – & only when they were LATER available for the ’68 or ’69 model year.
        I would imagine most bird owner went to the Chevy dealer, bought the spoiler & took it & the car to the Pontiac dealer to have it installed there. Or installed it themselves.
        If you took your bird to the Chevy dealer, i bet Chevy mechanics would not be too happy installing their spoiler on a Pontiac. lol

    • 3Deuces

      With the exception of the ’69 Trans Am, NO first-generation Firebird was available with a factory installed rear deck spoiler. This is a Camaro rear deck spoiler, mounted forward of it’s proper location

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      • joenywf64

        Did you notice it’s mounted forward to proclaim the car is a Pontiac?!(see the Pontiac lettering on the back?). Ironic this is a Chevy only spoiler.

  2. BrianT BrianT Member

    I’d rather have a Firebird of this vintage than a Camaro of the same era. Perhaps because they are less common and who doesn’t like that front bumper?

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  3. 67Firebird_Cvt Member

    Are you sure the 326 was only available in 67?

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    • Marty Parker

      The 326 was introduced in 63 for the Tempest line. It actually measured 336 CI’s. (3.78 x 3.75). Starting in 64 the bore size was reduced to 3.72 making it a true 326 until 68 when it was replaced with the 350 so yes, it was a one year only engine for the Firebird.

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  4. joenywf64

    I believe the ’69 & later very popular pontiac delux steering wheel
    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/o98AAOSwSxliV0Ki/s-l1600.jpg
    is smaller in diameter than a ’67-68 firebird steering wheel. & much less likely to crack! BUT, will it fit/work on a ’67-8 bird with its non locking steering column?
    Both steering wheels appear to be similarly dished.
    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/aP0AAOSwR2liV0Kx/s-l1600.jpg

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