Worth Saving? No Reserve 1967 Pontiac Firebird

General Motors got into the pony car field in 1967 with two vehicles: the Camaro from Chevrolet and the Firebird from Pontiac. The former was there to take on the Ford Mustang, while the latter targeted the Mustang’s new sidekick, the Mercury Cougar. In its first year, the Firebird would have a good showing, producing more than 82,000 cars, 67,000 of them being 2-door coupes like the seller’s car. This 1967 almost runs, but doesn’t, and has rust in various spots, but not as bad as we’ve seen. It’s located in Carson City, Nevada and available here on eBay with no reserve and bidding standing at $6,199. The car will find a new home.

The Firebird would enjoy a long and storied run at Pontiac, lasting from 1966 to 2002. Its heyday was in the ‘70s and ‘80s as the Trans Am model would become hugely popular for many years. Buyers liked what they saw, so Pontiac didn’t change it up that often with just four generations across 37 years. When V-8 power was specified, the 326 cubic inch powerplant would find its way into many Firebirds. The more sedate version out put 250 hp with a 2-barrel carb and the High-Output version did 285 with a 4-barrel. The more fuel efficient 326 found its way into seven times more Firebirds. For Firebird production history, Trans Am World is a good source.

The seller’s car can almost be heard crying out “save me.” It’s complete and modestly rough, with the progression of colors being blue first, black second and primer grey third. There is evidence of bondo in the passenger rear quarter panel, suggesting it was hit there once. Rust can be found in the “usual spots” which is another way of saying the quarters and fenders, with a touch in the rockers. There are a couple of holes in the trunk, as well. It will require a compete restoration but may be worth the effort

We’re told the engine turns over and fires, but does not idle or run, so there’s hope. If the car has been sitting awhile, which is likely the case, the problem may be fuel related. Giving it a good tune-up and a flushing of the fuel system might get it running well enough to determine if the problems go any deeper. We’re guessing the automatic transmission is a 2-speed, but it could just as easily be a Turbo Hydramatic.

Interior-wise, the black seats and the carpeting may be the biggest problems once inside the car. There is stuffing coming out everywhere, especially in the back. This was the Deluxe Firebird interior that came with a console. The headliner appears to have flown the coop. The driver’s door panel has been removed for reasons unknown. We’re not sure if either or both will need to be replaced. The car comes with an interesting bonus: a cover. So, at one point, it seems like someone tried to keep this car from going to pot.

Super nice first year Firebirds can go for upwards of $40,000 according to Hagerty, but one in fair condition is closer to $7,000. Because this car doesn’t run and needs a full cosmetic restoration, we’re wondering if this Firebird has already found its ceiling.

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Comments

  1. Troy s

    I sure hope it comes with those wheels and tires.
    Despite the poor condition it does have a certain appeal to it. Maximum cubes, with full length headers clearly visible hanging underneath, staging and ripping down the track. I must be nuts, but that’s my impression of it. It’s worth saving.

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  2. Charles Sawka

    Well the trend in SoCal right now is to do the brakes,LS crate it, and clear coat it.

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  3. Marshall King

    Good candidate for a restomod. Strip it, fix what needs fixing and put in new drivetrain, brakes and suspension. Custom interior, to a point, but I like the original, so maybe keep it looking stock and nice paint, then drive it and enjoy it! 67 Birds will always have a special place in my heart– my first car was a Sprint six, 3 speed on the floor convertible. Loved that car and had a blast with it– that Sprint six with a four barrel surprised many a car back in the day! Mine was red with black top and interior. Miss that car!

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  4. RH

    Always like these but at the current price, plus what it’s going to take to get it safely going, might not be such a great deal. Look for a finished one as they are still a bargain compared to an early Camaro. I actually bought one in much nicer condition for $185. Of course that was in 1977 so I may be a little off on my value.

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  5. Brendon Vetuskey

    Looks like a base 326 engine with a deluxe interior and the optional Chrome package inside, and not much else. no ac, no power brakes, etc. In 1967 the options were on the body tag on the firewall. This car appears to need some sheet metal repair, or more extensive panel replacement once it’s stripepd down, but still is worth the effort. And yes, a good candidate for a resto mode treatment.

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