1976 Pontiac Firebird - Reader Ride

By: Dan Goodsir, Photography by: Guy Allen

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Dan Goodsir's 1976 Pontiac Firebird

There's a twist in the story of this car: On February 11, 1976, it went brand new from Pontiac straight through to Tokyo in Japan. They left it left-hand drive even though Japan is a right-hand country.

The gentleman in Japan who ordered it must have had a lot of money. It was fully optioned and was one of 496 vehicles that went to there from Pontiac that year.

It’s curious, because Japan has had a reputation for being fairly uncompromising on vehicle regs, but these clearly got through. It has a lot of Japanese labelling and stickers around it – that’s what got me curious about its history.

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I bought it from a gentleman in rural Victoria, and he didn’t know anything about the car’s history. So I was fortunate in finding out the story. I started with Pontiac Historical Services, and they located and sent the build sheet.

At the start I was just looking for a Formula 400 Firebird, so 400 cubic inches (6.6lt) with the T350 transmission, and this one popped up. It wasn’t a very good listing and, in the end I had a bit of a win there.

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It’s the W50 package, which Pontiac made 9000 of.

It’s only got 60,000 miles on it, and when you get in it feels like it did when it left the factory.

 

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