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All-Original 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible Hides a Little Secret, Otherwise Unmolested

The convertible was the rarest Firebird version in 1968, and despite the slightly higher sales compared to the previous year, it remained the second option for the majority of buyers.
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The hardtop dominated the Pontiac Firebird sales, accounting for over 90,000 units of the total 107,112 cars produced for this model year. Only 16,960 convertibles rolled off the assembly lines in 1968.

The convertible was also more expensive than the hardtop. The base version was available for $2,996, while the hardtop came with a $2,781 starting price. Of course, the more options you added, the higher the price. For example, upgrading the hardtop with the top engine for this model year cost $351.

A 1968 Firebird convertible landed on Craigslist earlier this week after spending 20 years indoors. The owner says the vehicle is complete, though the bad news comes from what's under the hood.

The Firebird rolled off the assembly lines with a 400 V8 in charge of putting the wheels in motion, but the original powertrain is already gone. However, the seller says they have a replacement 400 that it can include in the sale if the owner plans a restoration. It's unclear if this 400 comes from a Firebird and if it's the same model year, but it's good to know that you can jump-start the restoration with the correct engine.

The owner says the car is "extremely rust-free for a convertible," albeit I can easily spot several spots requiring urgent attention. The hood doesn't look good with the rust already turning into rot, so you should put the car on a lift and inspect every metal sheet on the body and under it. The seller doesn't provide any specifics on the current condition of the floors, but I wouldn't necessarily expect good news here. It'll still make a huge difference if the floors are in good shape, but one of the photos shows the car sitting in a field, so the rust might have already invaded the undersides.

The convertible top isn't wrecked but still requires a complete overhaul. It's not clear if the removable mechanism is working, though.

However, the car still looks good, considering the long tenure in hiding and its age. Firebirds are highly desirable cars, and a restored model could easily cost around $50,000 if done correctly. A convertible can be worth even more, but the first thing you must do is find the correct engine and transmission to put the Firebird back on its wheels.

Meanwhile, you'll also have a hard time getting the car at a fair price. The owner hopes to sell the Firebird convertible for $12,000, but they claim they're also open to negotiating, so you can contact them if you have another deal in mind.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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