The very first Pontiac Firebird made is scheduled to cross the auction block later on in January. Serial variety 001, a 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible, will be component of a Mecum Auctions sale working January seven-sixteen in Kissimmee, Florida. The estimate is $175,000-$225,000.

Lately restored to stock problem, the Firebird wears Regimental Red paint, with a black convertible best and red interior. It truly is powered by the identical L30 326-cubic-inch V-eight it left the factory with. The engine is fitted with a two-barrel Rochester carburetor and can make 250 horsepower. Drive is to the rear wheels by way of a two-pace Powerglide automated transmission.

This auto and the 2nd manufacturing Firebird have been featured on the Discovery Channel display “Quickly N’ Loud,” which follows Richard Rawlings and his Fuel Monkey Garage customized-auto store. In 2014, Rawlings unearthed the two Firebirds, which have been owned by former NBA player Chuck Aleksinas and stored in a Connecticut garage.

1967 Pontiac Firebird Serial 001 (Photo by Mecum Auctions)

1967 Pontiac Firebird Serial 001 (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)

Each Firebirds have been handled to total restorations and featured on two episodes of “Quickly N’ Loud.” The very first manufacturing Firebird now attributes new paint and a new interior, with 80,389 “believed-authentic” miles, in accordance to the listing. It truly is presented with documentation to show its provenance, and the factory develop sheet.

This might be the very first manufacturing Firebird, but a bit of Firebird pre-background also just lately came up for sale. In April, a Connecticut Kia dealer listed 1 of two 1964 Pontiac Banshee prototypes for $750,000. The Banshee was the sports activities auto Pontiac regarded as creating ahead of the Firebird, but Standard Motors nixed it, fearing it would compete with the Corvette.

Employing the identical F-Physique platform as the Chevrolet Camaro, the Firebird loved a 35-12 months manufacturing run ahead of becoming discontinued in 2002. The demise of the Pontiac brand followed a handful of many years later on.