This ClassicCars.com Marketplace featured listing is a 1967 Pontiac Firebird for sale in Independence, Ohio. Those that love Firebirds can quibble over which generation is the best, but there’s no discussion over which model year was the first and set the tempo.
GM found itself a bit behind the eight-ball in 1964 when Ford rolled out the Mustang. The public couldn’t get enough of it and General Motors wanted in on the party. This gave rise to the Firebird and its F platform-sharing sibling, the Camaro. The Firebird came to market in late September of 1966 as a 1967 model.
By this point in time, Ford had a big head-start, but Pontiac and Chevy were already established in having some powerful cars and powertrains, so it was well-within GM’s wheelhouse. In the first year, the 1967 Firebird sold 82,560 total units, comprised of 67,032 coupes and 15,528 convertibles. Globally, the Camaro sold 220,906 cars in the same year.
While the 1967 Firebird could be had with a V6, most buyers opted for a beefier V8. Perhaps that wasn’t a surprise considering that the Firebirds were sports cars and gasoline was cheap. The 6-cylinder models could be had with either a 230 or 250 cubic-inch motor. The 8-cylinder choices were a 326 (with a 2 or 4-barrel carburetor) or a 400. A Ram Air version of the 400 produced the torque down lower but did not increase the ponies (as we understand it).
Aside from less being produced, the Firebird attempts to visually differ from the Chevy and create its own identity. The integrated front bumper with a pronounced center bar in the grille is a family trait within Pontiac, and the slit taillights are similar to the GTO. Nevertheless, these do look closely related to the Camaro.
This 1967 Firebird has undergone restoration from the engine, to the red exterior, and carried through to the black interior. It appears clean and ready for use. For those on a budget, this is a friendly price and allows the ‘bird to be used frequently as a daily driver with a bit of “wow factor” baked in.
Both the Firebird and Camaro share countless tales of teenagers getting into trouble with the law, and general misbehavior. Then again, those muscle cars were targeted to a youth-market. This particular model could very well have tales to tell. A 400-CID motor with a 4-barrel sitting atop doesn’t exactly say straight-laced. However, this is coupled to an Turbo-400 automatic transmission. Just to keep it interesting, a 12-bolt, Posi-traction with a 3.73 ratio replaces the original equipment.
The 1967 Pontiac Firebird body looks to be in good shape and repainted, the bumpers are re-chromed, trim replaced, new emblems installed, along with new wheels and tires. The spartan interior has new vinyl to freshen it up. This also comes equipped with power disk brakes, power steering, and a tilt wheel, so as to make this much easier to live with.
The real question to ask yourself, can you live without this bird?
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