Unused Gift: 1984 Pontiac Firebird – Sold!
The stories we come across of why some vehicles go unused varies as much as the cars themselves. Such is the case with this 1984 Pontiac Firebird that originally started as a Christmas present for a daughter ended up being a garage queen as an interesting set of circumstances allowed her to forego using her gift after the first year of ownership. Consequently, the car first listed on Craigslist in March 2020 in Palisades Park, New Jersey with an asking price of $4,500. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the father has his daughter's Firebird priced $800 above below the current #3 "Good" estimate of $3,700.
The Firebird and Camaro were completely redesigned for the 1982 model year, with the windshield slope set at 62 degrees, (about three degrees steeper than anything GM had ever tried before), and for the first time, a large, glass-dominated hatchback that required no metal structure to support it. Two concealed pop-up headlights, a first on the F-Body cars, were the primary characteristic that distinguished the third generation Firebird from both its Camaro sibling and its prior form (a styling characteristic carried into the fourth generation's design). In addition to being about 500 pounds lighter than the previous design, the third generation Firebird was the most aerodynamic product GM had ever released. Wind tunnels were used to form the new F-Body platform's shape, and Pontiac took full advantage of it. The aerodynamic developments extended to the finned aluminum wheels with smooth hubcaps and a functional rear spoiler.
The private seller of this Firebird provides a number of contrasts in his description. While his daughter only used this Firebird the first year after buying new, all of the new parts combined with mentioning the driver's seat needing to be reupholstered hints the father ended up using his daughter's car quite a bit over the year. Unfortunately, with no interior pictures provided, we can't rate the condition inside, however, it's clear the exterior paint appears to be original and in excellent shape. This is one of those cars you'll need to inspect in person to confirm its true condition. While not a more desirable Formula or Trans Am, this is a slick top RADwood-eligible Firebird that could form the basis for a cool street machine without harming its value. Good luck with the purchase!
Here's the seller's description:
"84 Firebird New battery 4 New tires New dual exhaust New starter New battery CD player Air Conditioned
Garage kept all it's life Car was a Christmas present for my daughter Car was used about a year She went to out of state college and didn't take car After college joined the Peace Corps over seas without car After coming home moved to NYC without car Car has been in garage since 2006 Runs great Needs driver seat recovered (OEM still Available)
Don't waste my time with promises, checks or Paypal Been there, done that Interested parties only, no low balls
No Texts or codes Call me"
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