1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
After the Firebird, Camaro and the Mercury Cougar entered the pony car class in 1967, AMC got in on the action in '68 by introducing the Javelin. The pony car class was hitting what would become its best years, and all cars were now introduced except the Dodge Challenger, which would come in 1970. The pony cars were riding high in 1968 and would continue to do so for a couple of years, though the 1970s would soon bring rising insurance rates, more government regulation and less consumer interest in the class.
For consignment, a matching numbers version of the 350ci 4-barrel HO with a 4-speed Muncie manual transmission, and in convertible form. Approximately 200 cars were produced with these options. A very nicely preserved, clean version of the 1968 Firebird.
With laser straight exterior steel panels with just a hint of some rust, the consigner states that the adornment of Solar Red is from 1978, and it holds up very well. Chrome, trim and brite work is very nice with virtually no pitting, dimpling or rust. A slight area behind the rear window just north of the trunk lid shows some bubbling where a previous repair was made. A white HO side stripe can be seen running along the belt line as well as stainless rocker trim and wheel well brite work, all good here. A pristine white convertible top with a rear plastic window is clear, and scratch free. The top is operated with the flick of a switch and moves up and down flawlessly. The distinctive Pontiac identity starts with the front grille with a wide peripheral front bumper, strong vertical center and horizontally mounted dual headlamps. A full width rocker molding with 6 vertical louvers are on the front of the rear quarter panel, just behind the doors. Bringing up the rear is a protective wrap around bumper, louver style taillamp, and chrome edge strips that house the backup lights.
A Black custom (Pontiac's words) Deluxe interior in knit Vinyl Strato Bucket seats, flank a wood appliquéd center console which races from the back seat, all the way up to the dash. A 4-speed shifter is within this console, as is a storage glovebox. An aftermarket 8-track tape player sits on top behind the shifter, and the center panel of the dash sports the same burl faux wood appliqué, with the original radio and climate controls. The instruments are inset into a forward raking dash and have a conical design for easier reading. Chrome trimmed foot pedals float above clean black carpet with rubber floor mats.
A flip of the hood and we are greeted by the beautifully restored 350ci V8 with a 4-barrel Quadrajet carburetor atop, and a 4-speed Muncie manual transmission. A color correct light blue block, chromed valve covers, and a near perfect air cleaner atop the 4-barrel, with all shiny supple rubber hoses, belts, and wires. No corrosion here kids!
A structurally sound frame is jet black as are the floorpans, and wheel wells. Some invasive rust is noted on both rockers, particularly near the front wheel wells. A little denting and dinging on the panel below the bumper, and covering the gas tank area is also noted, but mostly unremarkable.
A great example of a nicely done and well-preserved car, and its numbers matching. As Pontiac's advertising said at the time “Here its 1968 and you've never played wide-tracking? Maybe you're not a great American Sport” Although Wide-tracking will never be a spectator sport…obviously…..Queue the smoky voiced deep throated announcer!
U-Lordstown OH Assy Plant
107271-Sequential Unit Number
09D-4th Week September Build
ST 68 22667-1968 Firebird Convertible
BODY LOR1013-Lordstown Body #
TR 259-Black Custom Knit Vinyl Strato Bucket Seats
PNT R 2-Solar Red Black Top
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