Following the success of Ford’s immensely popular Mustang, General Motors came out with its answer in the form of the Chevrolet Camaro. However, the American automaker was anxious to get its fill of the pony car pie, so it borrowed the F-body platform and charged its engineers at Pontiac with developing a car that could compete for a share of the market. What resulted was the Pontiac Firebird.
The example you see before you is the very first Firebird produced — serial no. 001. Discovered in a Connecticut storage facility by Richard Rawlings, it was once owned by former Golden State Warriors payer Chuck Aleksinas. After Rawlings purchased the vehicle, it underwent a full nut-and-bolt restoration and even appeared on two episodes of Fast N’ Loud. Refinished in its factory ‘Regimental Red’ paint, it features a matching red interior and a black convertible top. Under the hood, it’s powered by its original L30 V8 that’s good for 250hp. Complemented by functioning factory options like cruise control, an AM radio, as well as power drum brakes and power steering, it makes for a restoration unmatched in attention to detail. With only 80,389 miles on the clock, it’s going up for auction in January.