It's hard not to get excited about this 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible. There's been great care and investment in taking pride in originality from the brown paint to the fantastic gold interior. But more than just appearance, the numbers-matching 400ci V8 and four-speed manual means this drop top is also a rapid ride.
This car's original style is the key to its charm. That's why it's still wearing its factory-correct code-61 Espresso Brown. But you might notice it a little more. There was a nice investment in making sure a respray stayed with the factory color, and adding a newer white electric folding roof. The result is a factory-like presentation that has the allure of a modern shine and crispness. It's this kind of originality with subtle upgrades that you will see elsewhere, too. The design of these first-gen cars really lived up to the Firebird name, with a beak-like nose and slotted sheetmetal that looks like a bird in flight. It's an icon that looks best when complete. That's why trim, dual scoop hood with proper "400" badges, Firebird side marker lights, and Rally II wheels are essential to this well-represented droptop.
Perhaps most remarkably, the interior is completely original. Not only does the code 202 Gold vinyl upholstery look great against the Espresso Brown paint, but it is in fantastic condition. Sure the seats have a few signs of people sitting in them over the years, but you can still slide behind the wheel of this Firebird for a long trip without complaints. Carpets, door panels, and even the steering wheel are untouched 1969 pieces and the burled walnut appliques on the dash and console haven't been baked by the sun. Original gauges still show clear lenses and bright markings and the factory AM/FM radio still lives in the center of the dash... and yes you get an 8-track – it's that original. Even Hurst shifters were available on the Pontiacs back then. But once again, the theme of subtle upgrades is seen with the oil pressure and engine temperature gauges are nice additions to know everything that's going on with this Firebird.
On a car this original so far, you're going to be excited to lift the hood. Not only is that the numbers-matching 400 cubic-inch powerplant inside, but also everyone will have no trouble believing it, too, thanks to the honest appearance of the engine bay. If you do look a little closer, you'll see performance upgrades like a Holley four-barrel carburetor, Edelbrock Performer intake, and long tube headers. So you get a great original presentation to show off, but an extra wallop of power for the road. You can here this added power through the dual exhaust, and you're in complete control of it all with the four-speed manual transmission. This performance Pontiac also feels great on the road thanks to features like power steering and BF Goodrich tires.
Complete with Pontiac Historic Services (PHS) documentation, this is truly an interesting droptop with all the right originality. And with less than 11,700 of these built, over 45 years ago, it's getting harder and harder to find V8 examples that are so faithful to the way Pontiac made their performance machines. So if you've been looking for a cut-above Firebird, you need to hurry and call today!!!