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1968 Pontiac Firebird Restomod Coming to Barrett-Jackson

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1968 Pontiac Firebird

By Dave Ashton

Muscle cars from the late 1960’s to early 1970’s are some of the most iconic car shapes ever created. Proven by the hordes of fans who still collect these tried these vehicles on a regular basis. In the world of Restomods(vintage cars with lots of new bits added) those basic designs are tweaked and fettled to make beautiful new creations, along with a sizeable heap of performance parts.

The restomod featured here is a 1968 Pontiac Firebird which will be coming up for auction at Barrett-Jackson, at South Florida Fairgrounds, April 16th-April 18th with no reserve. Richardson’s Custom Auto Body seem to be the originators of this reworked classic, refining and building on the original design, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.

The basic lines and curves of the original design have been kept in place, removing bits such as the chrome outline of the grille, with a simpler, single headlight configuration. In many ways, the original design has been simplified, covered in the deep and thick Viva La Red paintwork, covering everything from the rear bumper to the front air splitter.

1968 Pontiac Firebird

According to the Barrett-Jackson description, the car took three years and over 4,500 man hours to complete. Engine wise, it has an LS3 6.2 liter V8 producing over 550hp, with lots of internal grades. The transmission used is a GM 6L90 6-speed automatic, with 3.73:1 gears and a 12-bolt rear end. Ceramic-coated Sanderson headers and  a custom exhaust have also been installed.

Keeping everything tied to the ground, a Detroit Speed coilover suspension has been installed with a QUADRALink setup and tubular front suspension running along the sub frame connectors. Baer brakes are used all-round with 14-inch rotors upfront and 13-inch versions at the back. Finished off with highly polished, 18×10-inch and 19×12-inch Rushforth Concept five-spoke wheels.

Moving to the interior, the bucket seats come from a 2006 Pontiac GTO, dressed in Douglass European leather, keeping the vintage dash and Vintage Air heating.

This example is a fine re-working of a classic and will provide the next custodian with many years of driving pleasure. If you’re at all interested in this vehicle, check out the Barrett-Jackson website for more details.


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