It was when my dad, Bob, bought a new gold ’65 GTO that I first fell in love with Pontiacs. He sold it prior to my brother Doug and I getting our driver’s licenses. My dad eventually bought a Verdoro Green ’67 Firebird convertible for my mom, Eloise, as well as Doug and me to share and drive until we saved enough money to purchase our own Pontiacs. I soon bought the ’vert from my dad, only to sell it later to raise money to pay for college.
In 1998, I set out to find that exact ’67 convertible. I started searching used-car websites and auctions, hoping I would find it. Eventually I found and bought a ’68 Verdoro Green Firebird convertible (350/four-speed) with an Ivy Gold interior. I worked on this acquisition for a few years, including engine and interior work, and I had the body restored and repainted.
My son, Randy (then 10 years old), and I showed it at local car shows and the Trans Am Nationals in Dayton, Ohio. He took a liking to classic Pontiacs, so when he turned 14 years old, he and I started looking for a project car we could restore together. On an auction site, we found a Coronado Gold ’67 Firebird hardtop (326ci/two-speed auto) and won it. It was a little rough, but almost all original, and a good starting point for a father-son project.
My parents made a successful offer on it that day and picked it up the next weekend
We started on the interior in the summer of 2011, and worked our way into the engine bay by that winter. Randy liked the old-school look from my late-’70s high school days, so we added 15x10-inch Cragars on the back. Recently, for his senior year in high school, we had the Bird repainted.
At the 2011 Trans Am Nationals, I met a gentleman who told me he was considering selling his Cameo Ivory ’67 Firebird convertible (326ci/two-speed auto). He was asking a reasonable price, so I asked him to hold off selling it as my father was interested in a First-Gen Firebird. After returning home from the show, I showed pictures of this car to my father, and as a family -- my mom, my wife, my dad, and I -- looked at it in person. My parents made a successful offer on it that day, picked it up the next weekend, and drove it home.
We made a few improvements to it, such as resealing and painting the engine (which had never been apart), and installing new carpet, Rally II rims, and dual exhausts. My parents drive this car around town regularly and have enjoyed this past year showing their first-year Firebird at many local car shows.
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