The owner of this 1968 Pontiac Firebird brought his car into our shop for a few upgrades. Originally from back East, this car had already been restored previously. The new owner had us upgrade the suspension, rebuild the motor, rewire the car, and install a 6-speed transmission.
Installing the transmission required modifying the floor and tunnel. In the end, this Firebird has a new take on life after the upgrades we installed.
Part of the first generation of Firebirds produced, Pontiac designed the Firebird as a pony car to compete with Ford’s Mustang and Mecury’s Cougar. Additionally, General Motors used the name “Firebird” in the 1950s and early 1960s for a few of their concept cars.
The first generation of Firebird had a similar styling to that of its cousin, the Chevy Camaro. The Firebird’s rear taillights were also inspired by the Pontiac GTO’s taillights from similar year models. Another interesting feature for the 1968 Pontiac Firebird was the addition of federally-mandated side marker lights. On the front of the car, the turn signals are larger and made to extend around the front of the car. On the rear, the Pontiac Arrowhead logo was added to each side.