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There’s something understated about a triple blue convertible like the restored 1969 Firebird we came across in October 2019 on Craigslist in Alexandria, Virginia where the second owner looked to get $27,000 for. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows he has it listed slightly higher than halfway between the #2 “Excellent” level of $33,100 and the #3 “Good” estimate of “$16,800 for a 350 cubic inch equipped example.
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 the 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. 1969 marked the last year of the first-generation Firebird and with that a factory convertible version which would not return until a mid-cycle refresh of the third-gen F-bodies in the mid-80s.
The second owner reports that he purchased this Firebird from a family friend, so while he doesn’t elaborate here, we’re assuming he can provide the entire history of this Firebird at least verbally. He also states that his car was “rebuilt” in 2012 however based on the work we’re assuming he means restored, so you’ll have to confirm the details of that with him. The only non-stock items we could collect from the private seller’s description was the installation of a vintage radio equipped with Bluetooth that’s connected to speakers placed at the base of the back seat and replacing the original Quadrajet carburetor with an aftermarket Eldebrock unit.
The 355 cubic inch V8 combined with the three-speed automatic make this Firebird a nice-sounding top-down cruiser that will likely get you compliments everywhere you drive it. Good luck with the purchase!
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