1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
By 1953, the research team at Pontiac had produced the Firebird
XP-21, later referred to as the Firebird I, which was essentially a
jet airplane on wheels. It was the first gas turbine-powered car
tested in the United States. The design is entirely impractical,
with a bubble-topped canopy over a single-seat cockpit, a
bullet-shaped fuselage made entirely of fiberglass, short wings,
and a vertical tail fin. A small version adorns the top of the
Harley Earl Trophy given each year to the winner of the Daytona
From these early winged designs and concepts to this consigned car,
the 1968 version, Pontiac has a fan base that is not Mopar
oriented, or in love with Mustangs or Camaros. They are true to
their brand, and loyal to the Pontiac moniker and the Firebird.
Some new parts and upgrades bring this car up to and past original
standards, and we have a stunning example of the 68 Firebird. Also,
it's a 1 owner car complete with all the paperwork.
Painted to match the original color of Meridian Turquoise, and it
is still looking just fab! No rust even close to this car, and all
original bumpers (rear re-chromed). Upfront the Pontiac "beak" is
taking shape in the center of the grille with its dual flanking
headlights and larger central pointed vertical bumper structure. A
dual scooped long "pony car" hood runs rearward to the front glass
and sports a hood mounted tachometer which has been rewired to work
with the now installed electronic ignition. A few drips on the
clear coat, slight orange peel making appearances throughout, and a
few chips from some errant stones, but the finish is overall very
good. Badging is all correct and clean and one has to love the
arrowhead marker lights trimmed with chrome bezels on the rear
quarters. On the back dual horizontal slits for the taillights and
a flat rear roll pan have a bumper between them that shines like a
crazy diamond. Cragar wheels are now on and wrapped by like new
black wall rubber.
All original and all looking just fine with Meridian Turquoise
vinyl including some stitching and chrome trim rings along with the
cranks and levers and a badge. Lower panels of the doors use
carpet. The interior is all original, and uses more Meridian
Turquoise that covers the front buckets, and rear bench. Nary a
mark on these originals. Running through the center of the buckets
is a burl applique covered center console which houses a glovebox
and a Hurst shifter, to the driver's right on the floor. The dash
is made up of panels with a long sloping angle of painted metal to
match the exterior body metal, and a padded vinyl topper. Deep
inset circular gauges are in front of the factory steering wheel
along with some knobs and switches lined up vertically on either
side. The center of the dash has more wood applique, and an AM/FM
Radio along with temp and airflow controls. Turquoise carpet,
fairly clean and showing some fading floods the floors, and above
is a tight turquoise headliner.
A lift of the hood and we see a beautifully restored engine block
bathed in steel blue paint, and some attached chromed bolt ons.
This is the numbers matching 400 V8 with stock #76 heads topped by
chromed covers. A 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor is on top, and a
Muncie (P8C14) 4-speed manual transmission is perfectly mounted
behind the mill. On the rear axle we note a 10 bolt Safe-T-Track
All undercarriage items such as gas tank, brakes, brake lines and
master cylinder have been rebuilt and brought back to original
colors and specs. Independent coil springs for the front
suspension, and leaf springs for the rear are noted. Also, disc
brakes for the front, and drum brakes for the back. A Turbo muffler
system is on for the dual exhaust exit stage back! We do note the
beginnings of invasive rust on the passenger's rear floor pan.
A quick starter and runs as good as it looks under the hood. Nice
acceleration, rail like handling, and smooth braking, although I
did notice due to the oversize tires, when pushing the accelerating
the rear tires tended to rub, and when heavy braking or quick
cornering the front tires did the same. All else was just peachy on
the operational front.
A 1 owner car so you can get the full history on it. Owner took
very good care throughout its lifetime, always garaged, and
maintained, and with the respray and rebuild of numerous parts,
it's a fine example of the 1968 Firebird 400.
U-Lordstown, OH Assy Plant
154220-Sequential Unit Number
04A-1st Week April Build
ST 68 22487-1968 Firebird Sport Coupe
BDY LOR36780-Lordstown Body #
TR 261-Meridian Turquoise Strato Bucket Seats
PNT KK-Meridian Turquoise
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interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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