Coronado Convertible: 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 – Sold?

by | Nov 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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December 6, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

The original Pontiac Firebird was somewhat of a consolation prize for General Motors’ (“GM”) sporty division.  In 1966, Pontiac Brass pushed for a production version of its Banshee XP-833 two-seat, open-top sports car:

Coronado Gold 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible For Sale

Unfortunately, rival division Chevrolet believed the Banshee would cannibalize too many sales for its Corvette, so the project never saw the light of day. Adding insult to injury, Chevrolet gained approval to design the Mustang-fighting Camaro for the 1967 model year.  Originally planned to be a Chevrolet-exclusive model, GM executives eventually allowed Pontiac to develop a brand-engineered version called Firebird. With a much shorter development window, Pontiac engineers launched their Firebird in the fall of 1967 as its alternative to Ford’s Mustang. The top model Firebird for the launch year was the 400, featuring Pontiac’s Big Block 6.6 Liter V8.

This Coronado Gold 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Elbert, Colorado (Denver) in November 2023, is a numbers-matching example benefitting from a high-quality restoration. While this restored Firebird 400 convertible for sale features a 6.6 Liter V8, the seller does not indicate which version of that motor the car features.  Mated to the standard three-speed manual, we assume it’s not the Ram Air version as the seller does not mention it, nor do they show a picture of the car’s engine bay.

Last offered for $57,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all 1967 Pontiac Firebird body styles and powertrains.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $27,300 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $40,500 before making significant adjustments for the 400 engine (35%) and a deduction for the three-speed manual (-8%).

The 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible is an iconic American muscle car that exemplifies the spirit of the late 1960s. With its aggressive styling, powerful engine, and top-down driving experience, this classic vehicle symbolizes a bygone era.

The Firebird 400 Convertible boasts a distinctive and muscular exterior design that reflects the essence of the Pontiac brand during the late ’60s. The long hood, prominent front grille, and hidden headlights create a bold and aggressive front fascia. The convertible version adds an extra layer of allure, providing an open-air driving experience that enhances the car’s sense of freedom and performance.

The power-operated convertible top of the 1967 Firebird 400 adds to the car’s allure, allowing drivers to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of the wind in their hair. The convertible top is designed with precision, seamlessly blending with the car’s overall aesthetic while providing a quick and effortless transition from a closed to an open-roof driving experience.

The Firebird 400 is powered by a robust 6.6-liter (400 cubic inches) V8 engine under the hood. This engine delivers impressive power, producing a signature exhaust note that captures the essence of American muscle cars. The 3-speed manual transmission enhances the driving experience, allowing enthusiasts to have full control over gear selection, adding to the car’s sporty and engaging feel.

Inside, the Firebird 400 Convertible offers a driver-focused cockpit with performance and comfort. The bucket seats provide excellent support during spirited drives, and the layout of the dashboard is designed with the driver in mind, featuring easily accessible controls. The classic three-spoke steering wheel adds a touch of nostalgia, while the instrument cluster provides essential information without compromising the car’s vintage aesthetic.

The Firebird 400’s handling is refined and responsive, with a suspension system that strikes a balance between comfort and performance. The car’s chassis is tuned to handle the power of the V8 engine, providing a confident and controlled ride. Whether cruising on the highway or navigating winding roads, the Firebird 400 Convertible offers a driving experience that is both thrilling and enjoyable.

Signature styling details such as the hood-mounted tachometer, dual exhaust outlets, and the iconic Firebird emblem contribute to the car’s timeless appeal. The distinctive body lines and sculpted curves further enhance the visual impact of the Firebird 400, making it a standout in the crowded muscle car landscape of the late 1960s.

Today, the 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible with a 3-speed manual transmission is a highly sought-after collector’s item. Its rarity, performance capabilities, and association with the golden era of American muscle cars contribute to its enduring appeal among automotive enthusiasts and collectors alike. Driving or owning one of these classic convertibles is not just an automotive experience; it’s a connection to a pivotal moment in automotive history.

The seller provides this video of their Firebird 400 convertible on their YouTube Channel:

Based on the pictures, this Coronado Gold 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible for sale appears to be a quality restoration.  We would ask for pictures of the truck and undercarriage to confirm the restoration work’s quality and whether the restoration involved any rust repairs. The seller provides detailed shots of the restored and rebuilt engine bay in their video provided.

If you are serious about buying this Firebird 400 convertible, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Pontiac Pony Car featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a car that was restored to number 1 condition and driven about 4000 miles. Its numbers matching engine and transmission. All rebuilt to factory specs. It is stunning, and the pictures don’t do it justice. Has power steering, 3-speed manual transmission, and hood tach. No expense was spared on the factory correct restoration. It’s a very rare car, 1 of 15 of these 1967 convertibles with Coronado gold paint, 400 CI motor, 3-speed transmission with a black top and black interior we’re built.
There are no disappointments with this car. YouTube link https://youtu.be/Alt_kHfsWk0?si=Q22X9kyotKucyh-_

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