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There’s a Huge 540ci Engine Hiding Inside This 1968 Pontiac Firebird

Introduced by General Motors in 1967 as a weapon to fight off machines such as the Ford Mustang and Mercury Cougar, the Pontiac Firebird had all it needed to succeed, including a platform it shared with the Camaro, and looks to die for.
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Whether it succeeded in its mission or not, that’s still a subject for debate. The nameplate lasted long enough – it wasn’t discontinued until 2002 - but by the end of its life its roots had been severely diluted, despite performance levels that were pretty much on par with those of the competition.

Today, few remember the more recent incarnations of the Firebird, as the older ones are the ones that steal the show, disguised as restomods, rebuilds or restorations that are often time stunning to look at, and pack enough performance-hardware to make them fearsome on the road.

Few of these rebuilds match the intensity of this 1968 Pontiac Firebird we have here. It’s not necessarily the looks of the car – we’ve seen better – that shocks, but the size of the engine that’s hidden under the hood.

The build you can see in the gallery below is the result of a process that was completed in 2017. The car is supposed to belong now to the Pro-Touring class, and it is fitted with things like four-link coilover suspension, hydraulic brake assist, or Procar Rally XL seats.

But it is the enormous ProCharger supercharged-540ci (8.8-liters) V8 that steals the show. It’s power output is not specified, but we can easily imagine it going well over the 500-600 mark. And it’s almost brand new, as the odometer on the engine now reads just 300 miles.

This monster-engined Pontiac Firebird, repainted in bronze and riding on staggered wheels, is for sale on a specialized website, and with some 8 days left to go at the time of this writing, the bid is at $25,000.

 
 
 
 
 

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