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455 Transplant! 1967 Pontiac Firebird Project

It might take more than “resale red” to get this 1967 Pontiac Firebird off the ground. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa classic swallowed a 1970 455 that “kinda” runs, according to the listing here on eBay. It dies after a few seconds, but that answers some of the many questions potential buyers should ask. What looks like a later Trans Am “shaker” hood scoop was probably slathered in body filler the same way Grandma used to butter your bread. At least eight bidders have this first-year Firebird’s market value over $6000.

Red velour seat covers bring a faux swanky ’80s vibe to the otherwise black interior. Aftermarket gauges and what looks like a ratchet shifter suggest time spent blasting down the drag strip or straightaways. A claimed original center console comes with the sale.

Rear lights shine through tiny slits in the bodywork. Chances are the eyes of drivers and passengers of this ’60s pony car looked like tiny slits at times. When someone could blindfold you with dental floss, it’s time to pull over. The Pontiac Rally II style wheels started in 1967, according to Hagerty.

Claimed garage storage helped keep this big-inch motor looking fairly tidy. Clearly nobody built this ride for the car show circuit, but everyone will forgive the lack of bling when you uncork the 455. Hold onto your ice cream cones, kids; a stock 1970 455 cid (7.5L) V8 made 370 HP and a tectonic 500 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to DrivingLine for some details.

The first-generation Firebird ran three years, looking about the same in ’67 and ’68 before the one-year restyle for’69. This face recalls the 1964 GTO, though it’s no accident that a more pronounced “beak” leads the way forward on this ‘bird. While this Firebird demonstrates the extreme combination of a small car with a giant engine, many buyers bought pony cars purely for styling. Especially in convertible form, the long hood and short deck made the Firebird and Camaro General Motors’ response to British sports cars that became popular in “the colonies” after World War II, and the 2+2 format made them more practical than the Corvette. How would you enjoy this 455-powered early Firebird?


  1. RoadDog

    And find the correct hood for it, too. That “shaker’ setup is ugly! IJS.

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  2. Cadmanls Member

    Hood has to go, car needs some work, but could be a hoot to drive provided that 455 is healthy. Rocker panel moulding is pop riveted in place. Get rid of the red, but could be a nice ride with some TLC. Myself I am a Pontiac type and prefer the Firebird nose and taillights. Enjoy the drive!

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  3. RMac

    Stick a formula hood on it paint reupholster that velour interior and then drive it like u stole it!!
    Not bad if the price stays close to current

    Like 5
  4. C Force

    A friend of mine several years ago bought a 1970 Bonneville for the 455 engine.the first year was the best year.The B body cars are where you can still find 455 engines,the last source…

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