1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint convertible

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Hood-mounted tach was a $68 option
1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower
1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint carried inline 6-cylinder engine that packed 215 horsepower

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. That something different was the Firebird Sprint.

For an additional and mere $116, the Sprint was equipped with Pontiac’s overhead-cam, inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed floor-shifted transmission, high-performance tires and special badging.

Hood-mounted tach was a $68 option
Hood-mounted tach was a $63 option

Displacing 250 cubic inches, topped by a four-barrel Rochester carburetor and with 10.5:1 compression, Detroit’s first OHC six provided 215 horsepower, 40 more than the standard six. The engine also weighed less than the higher-performance V8s and reportedly provided near-V8 performance with better dexterity.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Pontiac Firebird Sprint, and this one has a top that goes up and down. The private seller in Russell Springs, Kentucky, says the car is a survivor that has been repainted once.

The seller’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com notes that the interior is original and that the AM push-button radio still works.

“I even have original factory booklets and dealer envelope,” the seller writes. “I have partial original build sheet and all documentation from Pontiac historical division. The is truly a survivor car. Completely unmolested.”

The seller is asking $26,500 but will opt for the best offer.

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To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.