HIGHLIGHTS: Unmolested first generation Firebird! A true barn find, this car comes with a great story as it is said to be a two-owner car. Purchased from the wife of the late original owner, the current owner was planning a big-block 4-speed swap. After cleaning it up and making it roadworthy, the current owner had a change of heart given the overall originality of this car.
It has had one repaint, lots of recent mechanical work done, and is sitting on Pontiac rally wheels. Aside from that and some cosmetic refreshments, you're looking at a Firebird that has survived the test of time without needing a restoration. A variety of original paperwork and other documentation are included with the sale. Includes the original window sticker and PHS Docs.
BODY OVERVIEW: The body is clean and straight, with all of the proper emblems and trim still in place and in good condition. It has been repainted, but there are no indications that this car has been fully taken apart or restored. For an unrestored vehicle, this Firebird is in amazing condition.
This is a car that really captures what Pontiac was about during the late 1960s. It isn't a fancy high-end model, and it was never a flashy color. The current wheels are 15” Pontiac rally wheels, but the original 14” steel wheels and wheel covers are included with new tires mounted. If one wanted to return the appearance to 100% original, these wheels could be simply bolted on. For a car that has never seen a full restoration, the body is in remarkable condition.
PAINT CONDITION OVERVIEW: This car was repainted once long ago. It was stashed in a barn from 1980 until 2018 after the original owner passed away. The paint job is showing a little age and there are some dings to be found here and there, but this car is far from needing a repaint.
INTERIOR CONDITION OVERVIEW: The green vinyl interior is the perfect color choice to go with the Verdoro Green exterior. The story goes that this was the weekend car of a farmer, and while it is very much a “no-frills” type of car, it was purchased to be a nice change from the farm truck. It is almost impossible to find an unmolested Firebird that hasn't been cloned into one thing or another, and even less common to find one that hasn't seen a full restoration.
The interior of this car is nearly immaculate, and when it was pulled from the barn the original owner's wife stated that the odometer reading was correct. With it currently showing just over 69,000 miles, that alone is quite a feat! While there is no documentation to prove the mileage, the interior condition would lead one to believe that it is correct.
MECHANICAL OVERVIEW: Under the hood sits a Pontiac 350 small block V8. This is the correct engine for this car, and is still equipped with the two-barrel carburetor. A 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold are included with the sale, but the current owner opted against altering this car from original.
The engine runs great, and this Pontiac may not be a drag car, but it certainly has adequate power! Hooked up to the V8 is the original 3-speed floor-shift transmission. This transmission shifts smoothly, and is something pretty unique to find in a Firebird these days. All the fun of a 4-speed with one less gear! Not only is the underside of this car clean and freshly repainted to prevent rust, but a new dual exhaust system has been run. The engine bay has been cleaned and painted as necessary to return this car to its former glory. Last but not least, the front brakes have been upgraded to discs and a new master cylinder has been installed.
WHAT YOU'LL LOVE ABOUT THIS CAR: The original style that is so rarely seen these days, as well as the cool story that comes with it.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HATE ABOUT THIS CAR: The fact that it isn't a high-performance model, and the lack of a fourth gear.
DOES IT NEED ANYTHING? This car is turn-key as it sits, but there is a slight engine vibration present. Although a new clutch kit has been installed as well as various other new mechanical parts, we suspect that an unbalanced flywheel or harmonic balancer may be the culprit.
WHAT BUYER IS LOOKING FOR THIS CAR? Anyone looking for a classic muscle car without the high price tag would be interested in this car! Whether you're looking for a turn-key cruiser to enjoy in your spare time, or a clean original example to hop up and make your own, this Firebird is sure to fit the bill.
Contact Shelton Classics & Performance for details at (704) 663-0432 or visit www.SheltonClassics.com
DOES IT WORK?
Air Conditioning N/A
Oil PSI Gauge YES
Temperature Gauge YES
Fuel Gauge YES
Tail Lights YES
Brake Lights YES
Reverse Lights YES
Turn Signals YES
Emergency Brake YES
Keys – Ignition, Door, & Trunk YES
Runs & Drives YES
Tire Condition: NEW