What word would you shout if you got your hands on the first and second Pontiac Firebirds ever produced? Badass? Unbelievable? WTF? Or something more expletive?
Here at Gas Monkey Garage, you know we love old cars, especially if they have a story to tell. Last week, Part 1 of 2 of our Holy Grail Firebirds episodes aired on the Discovery Channel. See it HERE. The Gas Monkey community is like a family, and when something exciting happens to us, we can’t wait to share it with you. And we’re more than a little excited that we found the guy who had the #1 and #2 1967 Pontiac Firebirds sitting in his garage. As soon as we got the lead, we spent days on the Interwebs researching these cars, their history, you know, the whole enchilada. Here’s what’s so badass about the two Firebirds:
2) We bought the cars from Chuck Alekinas, a former UK and NBA basketball player, for $70,000. Chuck had bought the cars online and kept them in his garage until we found out about them and showed up at his door. That price alone for the No. 1 and No. 2 Firebirds is reason enough to be excited about this.
3) These cars are Factory Show cars, as evidenced by the trim tag which says “Show1” for the No. 1 car and “Show4” for the No. 2 car. Factory Show cars usually don’t survive, so this is a pretty big deal. (Click Show1 and Show4 to see Trim Tags)
4) When Pontiac introduced the Firebird in ’67 they promoted 5 distinct models and called them the “Firebird Magnificent Five” with the engines being the main difference. The two Firebirds we found are two of the original cars that made up the Magnificent Five.
5) We found some pretty interesting features. The No. 1 car had cruise control and a clock mounted on the hump of the transmission tunnel. Usually, they’re mounted to the console. The No. 2 car is the first (HO) High Output car ever built.
In other words…