In August 2019, the owner of this gorgeous Nassau Blue over Pearl Parchment 1968 Pontiac Firebird convertible for the past 30 years just posted his car for sale on Craigslist on Staten Island, New York for $22,900. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the current caretaker has his Firebird priced less than halfway between the #2 “Excellent” level of $33,100 and the #3 “Good” level of $17,800.
While Pontiac introduced its nicely styled four-seat version Firebird version of the first generation Camaro also in 1967, internally the Division executives were actually disappointed as they really wanted to produce a two-seat sports car based on the Banshee concept to compete in the Pony car market. For second year 1968, Pontiac eliminated side vent windows through the use of the new “Astro Ventilation” system and replaced the venerable 326 cubic inch V8 with a new 355 cubic inch mill producing 265 horsepower when equipped with the standard two-barrel carburetor. To ensure brand parity, GM forced Pontiac to label the engine as a 350 cubic inch engine.
The caretaker of this beautiful Firebird reports that he’s owned his “Great Summer Cruiser” for nearly thirty years and keeps it stored in a heated garage when not is use. The Centerline wheels simply look stunning on this color combination. The detailed engine bay hints at a warmed-over 350 under the hood, but you’ll have to get the details from the seller to confirm the extent of the modifications. The seller notes that while the power top works, one piston is currently leaking hydraulic fluid. He also notes a “slight transmission leak” he believes is from the car sitting, but likely means the pinion seal will need replacing. The only other flaw we notice is the rear fender antenna appears to be missing.
If you’re anything like me, this was the car and the aftermarket wheels you wanted in high school, so don’t deny yourself any longer. Buy it, enjoy it for the rest of the summer, and deal with the minor issues when fall comes around. Good luck with the purchase!