Car lovers rejoice! A vintage, first-ever produced, pristine vehicle is about to hit the auction block. The rare trifecta of collector wants is all housed in the first 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible ever made.
The Serial Number 001 Pontiac Firebird was part of Richard Rawlings, star of Discovery Channel‘s Fast N’ Loud and founder of Texas-based restoration shop, Gas Monkey Garage, private collection. He restored the vehicle to stock condition by adding a fresh coat of Regimental Red paint, which matches the red interior, adding a traditional black convertible top, and restoring the nuts and bolts. Incredibly, it features the original L30 326-cubic-inch V8 engine and boasts a 2-barrel Rochester carburetor that produces 250 horsepower.
Other stand-out details include column-shifted automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, correct factory markings throughout, special door panels with molded armrests, a passenger grab bar above the glovebox, color-matching seat belts, lower carpet inserts, and simulated wood trim in the center stack, according to the lot description. The car only has 80,389 “believed-original miles” and has a cowl plate embossed with “Show 1,” meaning it was for show purposes. A copy of the factory build sheet is also included in the sale.
This car was featured on Rawling’s hit TV show in 2014 when he discovered the first two 1967 Firebirds in a Connecticut garage. He found out they were owned by NBA player Chuck Aleksinas before purchasing and restoring them.
Rawlings also has the second-ever produced 1967 Pontiac Firebird 002 up for auction. This is a hardtop coupe that features a Silverglaze metallic paint, black racing stripes, and a black vinyl roof and interior. It was restored to be a performance vehicle with many original details as well.
This Pontiac Firebird 001 is expected to fetch between $175,000 and $225,000 at the Mecum Auctions taking place January 7-16 in Kissimmee, Florida. Meanwhile, the 002 model has an estimated worth of $115,000 to $135,000.