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First Firebirds Displayed in Houston

Shown at the Concours d'Elegance of Texas

Eric Kaminsky - May 13, 2014 11:00 AM

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The first two Pontiac Firebirds ever built, fresh off their restoration by Gas Monkey Garage, were a huge attraction at the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, held in Houston May 2-4.

Featured on Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Fast ‘N’ Loud, the cars were purchased by entrepreneur, collector and cowboy JD Pass and his business partner, who is a lifelong Pontiac enthusiast. The Firebirds will eventually be on display in a new muscle car museum in Colorado.

The cars and their new owner drew the crowds all weekend long. “I was very pleased to see such a diverse and enthusiastic crowd visit the Firebirds over the weekend, from the families and dads and moms who either had or dreamed of having one in high school, to the early teenagers who just thought they were cool,” said Pass.

“It wasn’t just fans of Fast ‘N’ Loud, but the real American salt of the earth enthusiast that took pictures, told stories and truly related the cars to their own experience. These cars have their own fan base! We are so excited and look forward to many more opportunities to expose these wonderful pieces of automotive history to all,” Pass added.

Pontiac joined the so-called “pony car wars” in 1967, creating a unique identity for its new Firebird, following the success of the Ford Mustang and its sister car, the Chevrolet Camaro. Rather than offer one car with multiple options, Pontiac instead presented "The Magnificent Five," each model offered with its own distinctive style and different engine.

These Firebirds are serial numbers 100001 and 100002, both factory show cars, as evidenced by the trim tags which read “Show1” for the number one car and “Show4” for the number two car, significant since factory show cars typically are destroyed.

Pontiac’s first Firebird is a 326 convertible, presented in its original Regimental Red, with cruise control, deluxe interior package in red and a very rare floor mounted clock. Car number two, which took Best in Class at Sunday’s Concours, is a four-speed HO coupe in Silverglaze, the first high output car built, with factory-mounted tachometer, Rally II wheels, tilt column and deluxe black interior.

 

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