You already know we love F-bodies here at Streetside Classics, and
compared to the '69 Camaros, this 1969 Firebird 400 is a rather
unusual find. It offers a strong-running 400, bright red paint, and
that undeniable performance look that makes these cars perennial
favorites. So if you're a Pontiac guy or just someone who's tired
of '69 Camaros, perhaps this is the solution.
The restoration was done some years ago, but since then, this Firebird has lived a pretty easy life. The bright red paint is racy and aggressive, not silly, and on the Firebird shape it looks like the ideal choice, which was Pontiac's goal all along. It's two-stage urethane on top of some reasonably good bodywork, so it has a high-performance look that's evident even from a distance, and when you get up close the little details start to stand out. They didn't do any modifications, no scoops or wings, and kept the factory-style 400 badges on the hood, as well as the bright chrome beak that gives the Firebird a very different look from its corporate cousin. The side marker lights that are actually little firebirds themselves are perhaps the coolest ever invented and the clean overall look makes this car stand out in a sea of Brand-X F-bodies.
The interior is a little less vivid but no less attractive. Factory buckets with reproduction seat covers anchor one of the better places to get some road work done. Basic black is the overall theme, although it is a Pontiac, so there's a bit of simulated burled walnut there, too. Factory gauges are joined by auxiliary dials on the console ahead of the shifter, along with an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit in the dash. Door panels and carpets were replaced at the time of restoration and the wood-rimmed steering wheel is a recent addition that adds a bit of elegance. It's all clean, simple, and well-executed, making this Firebird a great car to drive and enjoy. Even the trunk is in good order, although a replacement mat would be a good first purchase to really dress things up and add value.
Pontiac's 400 cubic inch V8 is well-known and well-regarded in performance circles, and in the lightweight Firebird, performance is impressive. This car originally came with a 350, so the 400 is an upgrade that makes a big difference in performance. Thanks to an Edelbrock carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, and Accel distributor, it's ready to drive and enjoy. The engine bay continues the clean, no-nonsense theme with blue engine enamel, along with chrome valve covers, matching air cleaner, and a few other bright pieces. Power steering works with the TH400 3-speed automatic transmission to make this car easy to drive, while long-tube headers and brand new Flowmaster mufflers give it that notorious sound we all love so much. The underside is in good order, albeit not detailed for show, but no worries about nailing the throttle and having some fun. A 10-bolt rear end is your accomplice and it rides unusual (for a Pontiac, anyway) Rally wheels and fat white-letter radials all around. I have to admit that I like the look on this Poncho.
If this were a Camaro, it would be $5000 more expensive with a smaller engine. So with that in mind, why not give this awesome Firebird a try? Call today!
With the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1966, followed one year later by its mechanical twin cousin, the Pontiac Firebird.
When you think about muscle cars and pony cars of the late 1960s, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird such as the Pick of the Day is not always one of the first cars that comes to mind.
It’s no surprise that John Z. DeLorean, who gave us the Pontiac GTO, wanted to do something different with the new Firebird being offered by his Pontiac Division of General Motors.
Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center
I’ve spent far longer then I care to admit staring at the Pick of the Day car, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, trying to think of something smart and interesting to say about it.
Still steamed that you missed out on that 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car that sold at Barrett-Jackson?
I had a 1988 Pontiac Formula Firebird when was a young man, but we live in a city where there are many hills and rear-wheel drive is not ideal.