Personalized Project: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible

If ever a car was crying out for someone to come along and put their own mark on it, then this 1969 Firebird Convertible is just such a car. It is a relatively solid vehicle that could be transformed into the car of their dreams for the next owner. Located in Farmington, Missouri, the Firebird is listed for sale here on eBay. With a BIN price of $4,950, or the option to make an offer, this is a project car that shows a lot of promise.

While it isn’t specifically mentioned in the listing, this has all of the hallmarks of a project car that has stalled part-way through the restoration project. Rust looks as though it is confined largely to the rockers, although I get the feeling that at least some of the floors have been replaced at some point. The trunk lid and Trans Am spoiler are said to be new, as is the windshield. The rest of the body looks to be quite good, with only a few marks and dings to contend with. There is no information provided on the state of the Firebird’s underside, but the outward appearance does appear to be quite promising.

It looks like the next owner will be starting from scratch with the Firebird because it looks like the entire interior is missing. This includes the full dash, and while there are photos of numerous parts with the Firebird, I don’t see much in the way of interior items. However, this photo does give you a look at what appears to be the worst of the rust in the Firebird, which is on the passenger side of the vehicle. If the next owner is considering repainting the Firebird in its original Cardinal Red, then a black interior would definitely look the part.

Mechanical details on the Convertible are a bit sparse, but we do know that the car is fitted with a 350ci V8 and an automatic transmission. The engine wears an aluminum intake and an Edelbrock carburetor. However, it isn’t clear whether the engine is original, or whether it even turns freely. What we do know is that the car is fitted with front disc brakes, along with a new power booster. As for the rest of it? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

I have a real soft spot for the early pony cars because I think that the styling was pure and clean, regardless of which manufacturer you look at. Finding one like this Firebird Convertible is a bonus because once restored, it promises its owner many years of Summertime fun. Finishing this one is going to require a fair amount of work, and also more than a few dollars. Still, the end result should well and truly justify the effort involved.

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Comments

  1. bobhess Member

    If it’s got a title the BIN price alone makes it a great deal. Can’t even buy the engine and transmission for that money.

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  2. Tom Member

    That spoiler is just begging for this car to be made into a Trans Am Convertible Clone! I think there were 8 1969 Trans Am convertibles factory built thus SUPER rare. A clone IS worth money for sure.

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    • JOHN

      There were exactly 8 made, 4 automatics and 4 4-speed cars. The amazing thing is all 8 exist to this day! Replica (clones) are on ebay pretty frequently, of varying quality and costs. I built a 69 convert back in the early 80’s and used a T/A repro hood, it was a triple black car.

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      • Tom Member

        Yes I think there were 697 Trans Ams, 8 of them convertibles.

        I built 2 69 coupes in the late 80’s.

        This car not being born a 400 car, if restored to original, will not be worth 25% of what it will take to restore it. SO, cloning it to a 400 car would be “at a minimum”. Restoring it to a Trans Am Clone is where the money and future resale will be IN MY opinion. Also, with only 8 REAL TA’s, the only way most anyone will really ever own one is to own a clone. Just sayin.

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  3. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    I had a 69 Firebird 400 back in the early 70’s. it was bright yellow with black vinyl top and American Racing wheels. I was hard on that car. I street raced it all the time finally killing it when I struck a Volkswagen Squareback that decided to cross the road I was traveling on a about 100 mph. I turned and hit that car a glancing blow that sent it spinning in circles in the middle of the intersection. Both cars were totaled but I still drove the Firebird home. Both drivers walked away unhurt. It’s only by the Grace of God that I lived through my tumultuous years to reach 72.
    God bless America

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    • Chevy Guy

      God bless you and America!

  4. charley phillips

    i would like to buy this car .

  5. TimM

    I always liked the firebird better than its cousin the carmaro in this generation!! Can’t understand why they painted it without finishing the bodywork!! It’s a very salvageable car thought and I hope someone buys it and saves it!!

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  6. ChuckF 55chevy

    I have always wanted to do a 69 T/A clone convertible since my late wife saw one around 2006 and wanted one. This flipper will make some money, but not as much as the next guy if he works cheap LOL I am tempted but too many projects for my retirement years as it is.

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