Lot 85
1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible


From the Collection of Richard Rawlings

CHASSIS NO: 223677U100001

• Serial #001 – The very first Firebird ever produced
• From the personal collection of Richard Rawlings
• Featured over two episodes of Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud
• Numbers matching example
• Recipient of a rotisserie restoration
• Cowl Data Plate designates car for “show purposes”

326 cid V-8 engine, two-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes with disc in front, drum in rear; wheelbase: 108.1”

Here it is, folks. The one. The only. Offered here is Pontiac’s very first Firebird. With Serial Number 001, this legend-making bird flew off the Pontiac production floor and into the show circuit, as evidenced by its Cowl Data Plate designation for “Show Purposes.” After the sheltered life as Pontiac’s show pony, the 1967 Firebird Convertible was then owned by NBA and UK basketball star, Chuck Alekinas, before moving on to the personal collection of Richard Rawlings, the host of Discovery Channel’s TV shows Fast N’ Loud and Garage Rehab. Rawlings took the historic Firebird back to his famous Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas where the rare artifact was painstakingly restored to its former glory over two episodes of his hit TV show.

The 326 cubic-inch V-8 engine this car was equipped with bares a two-barrel carburetor and boasts cruise control, column shift as well as power steering and power brakes. When this 1967 Firebird Convertible debuted with its inimitable coke-bottling styling, streamline flanks and striking slit taillights, it visually announced that a new game was in town and everyone took notice. The new pony car was such a smashing success, Pontiac would continue its uninterrupted production, through multiple body styles, until 2002 – an impressive span of 35 years. Nevertheless, the original, first-generation Firebirds remain among the most collectible and this singular example is the originator of it all.

While this first Firebird underwent a comprehensive, rotisserie restoration with strict adherence to the original factory specifications, it impressively retains all matching numbers for the chassis, body and engine, further increasing its already substantial worth. With every detail, down to the last nut and bolt, in prime condition, this rare beauty drives like it just rolled off the factory floor. Classically robed in its original hue of Regimental Red exterior atop turbine, aluminum wheels with Pontiac “PMD” center caps wrapped in Goodyear F70-14 Wide Tread footwear, it is obvious this car was crafted to be Pontiac’s premier show car. Racy red inside and out, the well-groomed cabin reveals a deluxe interior package that includes authentic, red, horizontal pleated bucket seats in the front with an identical pattern over a tailored bench seat in the rear, a red steering column and wheel with a Pontiac-crested center, red Pontiac rubber floor mats in the front and rear as well as an incredibly rare, floor-mounted clock, which all combined results in a flawless interior presentation over the accurate red carpeting. Every possible detail was accounted for in the restoration of this historic Firebird, and the proof is abundantly clear upon close inspection.

Whether this enticing acquisition is destined for the clear, open road or as the star of a serious personal collection, historic Serial Number 001 will only appreciate in value in the coming years. With looks that could make a freight train take a dirt road, and the pedigree to back it up, this 1967 Firebird Convertible is in superb, museum-quality condition and represents an extraordinarily rare opportunity to own the very first Firebird ever produced.

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