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No Charge For Dirt: 1973 Pontiac Firebird


Unlike the Trans Am with a Formula hood Jeff wrote about recently, this regular Firebird has a Trans Am type hood (not a real one). The seller has a sense of humor as evidenced by the line “As-is, dirt no extra charge!” in the listing here on eBay. It’s located in Savoy, Illinois and the opening bid is $1,549 with no reserve.


As you can see, there’s some rust. Ok, there’s a lot of rust. And, as the seller states, there is some floor replacement necessary and some lower fender rust that will have to be taken care of.


At some point in time this was a cherished car as evidenced by the vanity license plate. That rear bumper is going to need either straightening or replacement, though. The seller does tell us that the car will roll just fine, although the exhaust is hanging low.


Definitely some work needed here as well. I wonder if the console was originally red; it seems a little odd given the black dash and white door panels. It’s a little unusual to see a “regular” Firebird like this; most of the ones I’ve seen that someone wanted to save are either Trans Ams or some other performance variant like the Formula.


This may or may not be the original 350. It does have an aftermarket Holley Street Dominator intake manifold, but no carburetor is included unless it’s under the pile of parts and debris in the trunk. I’m not sure about this one; maybe if it were a more desirable model I’d feel better about it, but I like the seller’s honesty and attitude, and that can go a long way towards me being comfortable with a purchase, especially a long-distance one. Are you interested?


  1. randy

    I like this for several reasons, first off, the no reserve auction. Just a bare naked sale. It’s the very last of the good years of Pontiacs, until very recent cars.
    Easy to make a nice clone out of this. Someone will be very happy with this, once it’s drivable. Another entry level car, with a lot of upside, and no downside.

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    • Adam B

      With the rust that is seen and the rust that is hidden this will not be a cheap restoration. I am just finishing a 1973 Z28 that was in close to the same condition and am somewhere around 10K doing the work myself.
      While that is not bad for a complete car you have to remember I did all the work myself. It has taken 3 years to complete. Whoever buys this better love working on cars, which I do, or have deep pockets to pay someone.

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  2. dj

    This is my opinion. And as they say, opinions are like a….. You get the picture. This is above an entry level. It does have A/C, P/B and I’m sure P/S. It probably was a 350 car. This would be a nice starter car for someone. You’ll have to replace a lot of the sheetmetal so put a formula hood on it instead of the shaker. I would try to get it cheaper because of what you’ll spend on it. But, look at it this way, you will have most everything replaced and know how good of a car you’ll have when finished.

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  3. Frankie Paige

    I agree, great start for a decent driver, I really like that someone had enough sense to cover the intake opening. This would be a great car to get running and fix up.

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  4. piper62j

    Get your bank book out.. You’re gonna need it.. This one needs a lot and is not high on the value list.. If you’re energetic and have the bank behind you, there’s a lot of fun left in restoring this car..

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  5. randy

    An old classic car does not need to be restored to enjoy it. Restoration is a waste of time and money on most cars. This would make a great first car for an up and comer. A mistake won’t coat a fortune, it’s best to learn a fun car like this. You’ll turn the girls heads too!

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  6. MountainMan

    The price would be the deciding factor .. As stated above it doesn’t necessarily need to be be ” restored” to be enjoyed. As with so many cars it looks good overall if the price stays realistic. Personally the 70-73 Firebird and Camaro have always been my favorite so I’m biased. Can anybody identify the blue car parked in the corner seen in the first pic? Looks to me like another early 70’s bird or maybe a Camaro

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    • Adam B

      It is a late 70s or early 80s Camaro or Firebird, hard to tell with the back end removed. It has a T Top so it has to be at least a 1976.

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  7. randy

    ’75 Ford van? Just kidding, it looks like a Camaro, but it’s hard to tell when it’s necked.

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    • MountainMan

      Right, you’re probably pretty close on the year of the Ford though. It’s even the short wheelbase version. I think Ford called them a “club wagon”. Reminds me that my old Dodge Ram Charger was described on the title as a ” window wagon” for vehicle body type.

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  8. OhU8one2

    This car just screams “pro-touring”! Imagine a built 455, Doug Nash 5speed,posi reared say 3:73 gears. Free flowing dual exhaust,modern suspension and massive 4-wheel disc’s. Updated early style factory snowflake wheel’s,with some fat tire’s. Put on a formula hood,maybe hood tach. Leave off the rear spoiler and T/A fender extension’s. Paint it Brewster Green and all black interior. Chrome roll bar,ala Macho T/A. There you have it. A awesome non matching numbers car that you can drive and love the whole time you own it. You won’t have to worry about adding up the mile’s. You’ll have all kind’s of fan’s at the show’s. To top it all off, a really cool looking tin Indian with tons of grunt. That is how it’s done here in the good ol USA!

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  9. Mark

    Hey guys, that blue car in the corner…79-81 Firebird. I’d bet dollars to doughnuts, look at the tail light opening. If you ever had to replace bulbs in one, you’d know I’m correct.

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