Frugal F-Body: 1967 Firebird Sprint OHC6 Convertible – SOLD!
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July 14, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
June 14, 2022 Update – The private seller just replaced their third expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing. In it, the description, pictures, and asking price remain the same.
May 23, 2022 Update – The private seller just replaced their expired listing with a fresh Craiglist ad. While the pictures and description remain the same, they smartly decided to lower the asking price to $29,900.
April 19, 2022 Update – We just came across a fresh listing designed to replace the expired Craigslist ad for this vintage Firebird Sprint. The description, pictures, and asking price all remain the same.
With gas prices rising by the day, it will be interesting to see the effect it will have on the classic car hobby. A good benchmark might be first-generation F-bodies such as this 1967 Pontiac Firebird Sprint convertible originally listed in June 2022 on Craigslist in Oley, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Not only did most buyers opt for V8 power when these cars were new, years later, but enthusiasts also swapped out the unique OHC6 engine for more powerful and plentiful alternatives. This Firebird appears to be a nicely restored driver-quality example based on the pictures provided.
Currently offered for $31,900, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Firebird OHC Sprint priced between this guide’s #1 “Concours” estimate of $35,140 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,230 after a thirty percent reduction for the six-cylinder powerplant. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $24,320 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $36,765 after a five percent reduction for the overhead cam six.
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 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 by 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 1967 base model Firebird came equipped with the Pontiac 230 cu in (3.8 L) SOHC inline-six. Based on the architecture of the standard Chevrolet 230 cu in (3.8 L) inline-six, it came fitted with a one-barrel carburetor and rated at 165 hp. The “Sprint” model six came with a four-barrel carburetor, developing 215 horsepower.
The Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube Channel features this 1967 Firebird Sprint Convertible equipped with the same powertrain:
As with any first-generation F-Body convertible, inspect the undercarriage carefully for signs of rust repair. Most of these cars required rust repair at some point, so it’s good to judge the extent and quality of the repair.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1967 firebird sprint 3.8 4 barrel OHC 4-speed manual trans steering power muscle drums brakes new conv top, dash, interior. Console, tires, sun visor, plugs wires, spoiler
trunk carpet, spare tire cover, wheel housing moldings, gas tank, 78,710 miles paint not show quality, good cruise night car, good condition”
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