VIN #001 and #002 are looking for a new home
At next month’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, one lucky enthusiast will get to add two American icons to their collection - if they have the cash. The very first Pontiac Firebird (red), and the first Pontiac Firebird coupe (silver) are set to cross the auction block, and they both look factory fresh.
Originally introduced by Pontiac in 1967, the Firebird was seen as an alternative to the Chevrolet Camaro. Utilizing the same platform as its Chevy sibling, the Firebird brought to the table unique “Coke bottle” styling and a range of engine options. Not to mention the availability of both convertible and coupe variants.
Now nearly 50 years old, the cars seen here were the very first examples Pontiac ever produced, and wear VIN #001 and #002. The body tags on each are labeled “Show Body 1” for the convertible, and “Show Body 4” for the coupe.
The vehicles were used extensively for auto shows and advertising throughout their lifetimes before being sold off to a private collector. The two were found together in the same collection, given a full restoration - including the original V8's and interiors - and will be sold as a pair in the upcoming auction.
So far, Barrett-Jackson doesn’t have an estimate on these two classics, but you can bet that they won’t come cheap. Other less rare examples have sold for close to $200,000 USD in previous auctions.