Convertible Cruiser: 1967 Pontiac Firebird

1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible

The Firebird isn’t exactly the sports car Pontiac was hoping for. They had built a concept of their own, but Chevrolet didn’t really want them competing with the Corvette. Instead, they let them make some personal touches to the Camaro and then threw a Firebird badge on it. There were a few engine options available including an inline-six, but most customers opted for one the of the V8 models. The big 400 from the GTO was available, but this convertible is fitted with the more sensible 250 horsepower 326 V8. It’s claimed to have only covered 68k miles before being put into storage 35 years ago and is said to be running well now. The automatic transmission and convertible top check boxes were also checked here, so I’m guessing that someone planned to do some serious cruising in this one. After a good cleaning and some mechanical sorting, that’s exactly what I would do with it too! It’s located in Independence, Ohio and is listed here on eBay with less than a day left.

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Comments

  1. moosie Craig

    If this specimen is truly not a swiss cheese rusted out 1/4’s & floor pans I’d jump on this like a dog on a hambone. Red interior & all. It’s crying for a mild 454 & O.D. trans.

  2. jim s

    i think this has a subframe in front that bolts to the unitbody like the novas from the same timeframe did. i too think it would need to be checked for rust. if the car is good buy it and put a lot of miles on it. top down of course. great find.

  3. redwagon

    this looks like fun and reminds me of my ’68. before anyone gets too excited here are a few things i’ve noticed:

    front valence from a 68 not 67
    doors from a 67
    rear quarters from 67 (no side markers)
    hood missing 326 emblems on side of ‘ironing board’
    rear suspension looks like 67 setup
    dont recall ever seeing center console painted the interior color – should be fake wood
    hard to tell but looks like the cocktail shakers at the 4 corners have been removed
    has ps but no pb. came with 4 drums needs an anchor.
    yes you can separate the front subframe by taking out a few large bolts
    there is clearly rust here but it doesnt look too bad. if youre interested get photos of the leading edge of the windshield where the top connects.
    pictures of the full trunk. if the top leaked it collected in the middle
    power top or not? not mentioned in ad
    if power does it work? 3 decades ago working motors either new, old, nos or rebuilt remanufactured were rare.
    ask if they still have the tonneau cover

  4. Tom Member

    redwagon, lots of good comments. I am kind of an expert on these and this is not a “cream puff”, 326 was common and not desirable, the 400 was, this vehicle is NOT highly optioned as descriptions says, not “the best there is” and what is your definition of “unmolested”. Wrong front clip (at least the lower portion off a 68), interior speakers cut in ruining all the panels, dash falling apart. Other than the power steering, convertible top, this one has the chrome package. Oddly this one has the Safe-T-Trac differential with the single traction bar on the drive wheel which is not common. Those are the only options unless you count the 326 and the auto trans. options is does NOT have: deluxe interior, tilt wheel, front disc brake option, fold down rear seat, power windows (4% of production), power brakes, probably no power top, rally wheels, air conditioning, sport option group including small items like chrome trim on grille, grab handle over glove box and vanity mirrors on visors or factory hood pins. No 400 and no hood tachometer. Sadly I just sold a documented 400 convertible with ALL of these options. 42K original mile 2 owner car, #1 condition, frame up resto on a mostly original rust free super clean GA car and this recessive market paid me 35K on a car worth 50K. My only beef is with the one who is selling the car making such comments of how loaded, rare and valuable this car is. I have done a lot of restorations and a lot of Firebirds. This car will never be worth what you put into it. You can buy a #2 car like this for 20K or less, done, cruising with the wind in your hair if you are lucky enough to still have hair.

    • redwagon

      good comments tom. all i have to add is, hair? every night i pray for grey but it’s not working.

      i sold my 68 years ago to my cousin and her husband. theyve done more with it than i ever would have and that’s a good thing. i still miss the 400. i still miss going topless.

  5. Tom Member

    Almost forgot some options it is missing. Seat belts. optional that year. the “Energy Absorbing” steering column and the remote control (manual) driver door mirror. any mirror would be good. this car is also missing some hard to find parts too like the little metal pieces (not sure of their proper name) in the door jams that only the convertibles had to keep the body flex snug between the door and jam when closed. Not sure about the center console, I thought they were all black regardless of interior color. The wood grain one started in 1968. No upgraded gauge or clock package that I can tell either. not sure who is bid at 9600 right now but you must know something I don’t. The 400 I just sold I owned for 30 years, too bad I had to sell. God Bless.

  6. Blindmarc

    Nice to see some experts chiming in.

  7. pontiactivist

    One of these are on my wish list. Not this one though.

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