NEW! Award 36: 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible – Sold!
Had we been of age in 1967 and could afford it, the stunning 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible originally featured March 2020 on Craigslist in Penn Yann, New York is very close to how we would have optioned it. While we do not question the quality of this multiple award-winning example, the current caretaker’s asking price is a sobering $75,000 or best offer. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his ridiculously priced $13,400 above the current #1 “Concours” estimate of $61,600. We predict this Firebird will not sell unless the seller becomes more realistic about their asking price and we’re giving them our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!) Award for such an egregious asking price.
Using the name of several concept cars from earlier in the decade, Pontiac launched its version of GM’s F-body (shared with Chevrolet’s Camaro) for the 1967 model year to take on Ford’s wildly successful Mustang. In addition to “Coke Bottle” side styling, Pontiac stylists integrated the Firebird’s front bumper into the design of the front end, giving it a more streamlined look than the Camaro. In the rear end, Firebird’s rear “slit” taillights took inspiration from the division’s 1966–1967 GTO. Pontiac offered both a two-door hardtop and a convertible such as the example featured here through the 1969 model year. Originally, the car was a “consolation prize” for Pontiac, which really wanted to produce a two-seat sports car based on its original Banshee concept car. However, GM feared this would cut into Chevrolet Corvette sales, and gave Pontiac a piece of the “pony car” market through sharing the F-body platform with Chevrolet.
1967 Firebirds could be had with a variety of six- and eight-cylinder power plants depending on trim. The example featured here is the “400” model, which stuffed the 325 horsepower, 400 cubic inch (6.6 Liter) V8 from the GTO, although in these applications Pontiac installed throttle restrictors blocking the carburetors’ second barrels from fully opening.
Again, the quality of this Firebird is not in question. Multiple AACA and a Pontiac Club national awards confirm you are looking to buy one of the best claimed unrestored examples out there. However, the seller provides two clues hurting their position. First, they relied on pictures from the collector car dealership where they bought the car. While the dealership still shows this example in their “Sold” inventory on their website, it does not provide a date when that occurred and a phone call to the establishment was met with a, “I don’t know, we sell a lot of cars here” response from the person who answered. Suffice it to say we believe the current caretakers purchased their Firebird in the past year. Second, the admit in capital letters they are selling the car only because they have debts to pay. From these clues we get the impression the current seller overpaid for the Firebird and now expects the next caretaker to take on that burden. So, if you’re serious about buying this stunning car, ask the sellers to show proof of how much they paid and start the negotiations from there. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 in Blue w/White Convertible Top. Excellent, original condition. #’s Matching engine and automatic transmission. Pontiac Certified. Pontiac National Award Winner. AACA JUNIOR AND SENIOR AWARDS. Documentation to go with vehicle. THIS CAR IS EXCEPTIONAL! No A/C car. Hood Tach. EXCELLENT ORIGINAL PAINT AND INTERIOR. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to own a GREAT CAR!!! We purchased from Great Lakes Classic Cars, Hilton, NY. WE ARE SELLING ONLY BECAUSE WE HAVE DEBTS THAT NEED TO BE PAID UP. Asking $75,000.00 You won’t find another one like this..“
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