Modified classics are often shunned by those ruling the classic car scene. This bespoke 1968 Pontiac Firebird should certainly ruffle their feathers…
The classic car scene can ooze a venomous and bitter wrath should you dare to think outside the box. To those hell-bent on preserving factory-standard cars, tuning or modifying any healthy home-bred survivor is punishable by death. As such, this 1968 Pontiac Firebird remains open to disapproval.
You won’t find any criticism from us though. We firmly believe that a fine blend of contemporary flare and old-school styling hits the sweet spot with appreciative enthusiasts. Providing the best of both worlds, you’ve got modern power wrapped up within a classic design. What’s not to like?
To put that into perspective, if you bought an old Folk Victorian house, you would certainly install double glazing –and central heating – for ease of modern living. Of course you would – it’s common sense. With such sentiment, the same story applies with this 1968 Pontiac Firebird.
While similar cars sport a blower through the hood purely for show, this Pontiac is different. Unlike so many modified classics out there, this beast will happily burn through a set of rear tires in 20 paces. Power comes from a 355 cubic-inch motor that churns out an estimated 300-horsepower.
Gallery: Custom 1968 Pontiac Firebird
Build upon a solid bottom steel crank end, 5/7 H-beam rods and Clevite bearings, the engine features dual Holley 4-barrel carbs and an aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. Power is sent back through a 700R4 automatic gearbox with all billet internals supported by a G-Force crossmember to handle all that torque.
To control the Firebird’s mechanical grunt, there’s disc brakes all round for safe – if not brutal – stopping power. This should prevent you from employing your neighbors garden as a stopping device.
Wrapped around the über-aggressive drivetrain rests an extension of classic Firebird looks. The iconic split grill remains emphasized by a radically stretched front spoiler, integrated into the bodywork for a dramatic stance. The rear bumper has been given similar treatment to create a cocaine-slab clean appearance, accentuated by a rather smart custom paint job.
While this truly-unique Pontiac Firebird won’t appease everyone, should you seek the muscle to overwhelm modern day equivalents – yet retain a level of authority within the collector car world – then you need look no further.
The price? Well, this bespoke Firebird will set you back just shy of $70K (or $803 per month). That may seem like an excessive amount in a world where Chevrolet’s new Camaro can be purchased for $31K, but what you have here is exclusivity.
Rarity might not always radiate market value, but it does in this case. You’ll understand why after you’ve taken it for a drive. Get a closer look at the custom-built 1968 Pontiac Firebird here.