The second-generation Pontiac Firebird hit the scene for the 1970 model year, but due to delays resulting from retooling and engineering, the second-gen model saw a late rollout. As such, the 1970 Pontiac Firebird is known popularly as the 1970.5 (or 1970 1/2) Firebird. Nevertheless, the new coupe impressed critics on arrival, and now, this rare and gorgeous example is up for sale.
The recipient of a meticulous restoration process, this Pontiac Firebird has seen just a single owner since 2013. The exterior is draped in stunning Lucerne Blue paint, which is offset by Cameo White striping. The muscle-bound body panels are complemented by functional aero pieces, including a front air dam, wheel well fairings, and a rear deck lid spoiler.
Under the hood is the correct Ram Air III engine, which comes with factory tags and markings. The 400 cubic-inch V8 was rated at 366 horsepower when new, and is capable of propelling the Pontiac Firebird down the quarter mile in less than 14 seconds. The ‘eight connects to a four-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter.
Helping it handle is variable-ratio power steering, while 10.94-inch front disc brakes and 9.5-inch rear drums help it stop. The coupe even rides on correct reproduction Goodyear F60-15 Polyglas tires, which wrap classic five-spoke wheels.
The blue interior combines nicely with the Lucerne Blue paint, and features a turned dash applique with a central tachometer and speedometer. This particular Pontiac Firebird is equipped with the optional seat headrests, as well as an AM/FM radio and an 8-track player.
This example is one of 3,196 Trans Ams produced for the 1970 model year, and one of just 1,769 built with the Ram Air III and four-speed manual transmission combo. Now, it’s listed for sale by Russo & Steele, priced at $149,500, a figure the seller states is well below the restoration costs alone.
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Source: Russo & Steele