Left hand drive 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupé Registration no. WVO 699G Chassis no. 223379N111130 Engine no. TBA
Capitalising on the arrival of its new V8 engine in 1955, General Motors' Pontiac division reinvented itself for 1960s, adopting a sporting, youthful image promoted by a series of evocatively named high-performance models: Bonneville, GTO, Grand Prix, Firebird and Trans Am. Such was the success of this policy that Pontiac occupied third place in the US auto sales chart for most of the decade. Effectively an up-market Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac's Firebird was introduced in February 1967 using the same bodyshell as its Chevrolet counterpart but readily distinguishable by its divided front grille. Engines ranged from a 230ci (3.8-litre) overhead-cam six to a 400ci (6.6-litre) 325bhp V8. Two body styles were offered: a two-door hardtop coupé and similar convertible.
This 'matching numbers' Firebird Coupé left the factory in Norwood, Ohio on 6th January 1970 en route to the supplying dealer, Rockhill Pontiac Inc of Newark, Delaware. The original colour scheme was Antique Gold with matching vinyl interior and black Cordova top. The total sale price was $4,260.90, $1,330 of which related to options that included the 350ci (5.7-litre) two-barrel V8 engine (rated at 265hp, 355lb/ft), Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, push-button radio, offside mirror, Rally II wheels, console, variable-ratio power steering, steering wheel tilt, power disc brakes, Soft Ray tinted glass, air conditioning and front/rear mats.
The odometer currently displays an unwarranted 77,111 miles while bills in the history file indicate that the following has been attended to over the last 22,000 miles: fuel pump (at 55,350 miles); engine top-end rebuild (55,800, July 2000) that included new valves, guides, rockers, pushrods, valve springs, lifters, camshaft, O-ring seals, etc); rear road springs (56,000); new front/rear dampers (58,000, April 2001); front brakes (61,000 miles); new BF Goodrich T/A tyres (62,000, July 2006); and brake master cylinder/booster (66,500, January 2008). In addition, a performance enhancing Edelbrock intake manifold and 600cfm carburettor were fitted in April 2009.
Offered with current road fund licence, MoT to 7th June 2013 and Swansea V5C, the car also comes with Ames Performance Engineering Catalogue for 1967-1981 Firebirds; Chilton 1967-1981 Firebird Repair Manual; Protect-O-Plate; original jack sticker; and factory blue production date sticker.