First two Pontiac Firebirds ever, fail to sell as a pair

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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The first two sequentially numbered Firebirds have been painstakingly restored

The two Pontiac firebirds you see here, are actually the first two vehicles to ever roll off the production line in 1967.

Bearing VINs: 100001 & 100002, the two cars have been united ever since birth; running the show circuit together before finding homes with private owners.

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They were eventually found in a sorely neglected state and painstakingly restored by Gas Monkey Garage. The two cars went up for sale as a pair on eBay recently, with a Buy-It-Now price of US$285,000 (AU$414,374).

Bidding topped out at US$190,300 (AU$276,677), though reserve was not met and the cars failed to sell.

The cars uniquely bear Pontiac’s ‘Show Body 1’ and ‘Show body 2’ tags, confirming they were both displayed at trade shows when new.

The restoration process was extensive, with each car gaining new floor pans and quarter panels yet ensuring that as much of the original metal is retained.

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The convertible is car #100001, finished in Regimental Red with a black rag top. Under the bonnet sits the standard Pontiac 326ci V8 with factory specified automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes.

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Inside, the car bears a deluxe red vinyl interior with rare floor-mounted clock and cruise control.

The coupe wear VIN #100002, presenting immaculately in Silverglaze with a black vinyl roof. It bears Rally II wheels and a bonnet-mounted tacho.

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Under the bonnet, sits the 326ci H.O. engine (the first 326 H.O. Firebird built), yielding a 30hp advantage over its drop-top sibling. It also features power steering and power brakes, but instead swaps cogs via a four-speed manual transmission.

Inside the black vinyl interior, there sits a floor console and tilt-adjustable steering wheel.

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The two cars presents every bit as immaculate as they would have been in the late-60s, travelling the US at various motor and trade shows.

We’ve seen a few sequentially numbered vehicles in our time, but the fact that these two Firebirds have spent their entire life together is astounding.

True pieces of history they are, and we hope they find loving new homes – ideally, together.

 

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