For Sale: 1970 Pontiac Firebird
Rare Formula 400 4 speed!
Selling my 1970 Firebird Formula 400 4 speed. This is the real deal rarely seen up for sale and 1 of only 1,637 Formula 400 4spds built! Special ordered with Coronado Gold paint. As listed in the PHS paperwork, 6 colors are special... Lucerne Blue, Keylime Green, Castilian Bronze, Goldenrod Yellow, Carousel Red and Coronado Gold the color this one was ordered with and black interior. Vintage 70's look with the large tires, and traction bars that still sit great! Comes with its PHS paperwork documenting the rare options and color combo. Very few ever built with these colors. Factory tach dash, four speed console, factory Hurst shifter still in place. Has the orig. WT code 400, also it is a factory 4Bolt main which I thought only ram air III and IV had, but after emailing PHS they told me a few 400 WT blocks were drilled for 4 bolt main caps! making this matching numbers car a real find having the 4 bolt and matching non ram air block. clearly stamped matching VIN on front of block, orig. #12 heads, intake dual snorkel air cleaner etc!
This car needs to be redone, actually has a Pontiac 350 bolted in place and connected to the matching Vin stamped Muncie 4spd trans, and JUST GOT THE CAR RUNNING! The wiring behind the dash is not all connected, but the car now runs on its own and sounds great! The orig. 400 engine is out of car and ready for a rebuild. Car is sold with clear title. A rare 400/stick car.
BODY: as you can see in the pics, it needs some tlc, but as far as cars this old go, its not in bad shape at all. Needs a lower rear quarter work, the trunk is pretty solid orig. still has the orig. factory floors! Very small spots of rot in the front footwell areas, but the rest of the floors are in real nice shape as you can see in some of the pics. Better than most unrestored cars out there, doors and front fenders are also in decent but not perfect shape, needing some attention to the lower ends. Ram Air Formula hood almost perfect. The car was repainted in the late 70’s or early 80's the Maroon it is now, but the factory Gold still shows on parts of the hood where the maroon is flaking off.
INTERIOR: as you can see in the pics, the interior was removed, of which I have just about everything that originally came with it, but I would look to replace the worn door panels and some interior trim with new parts, but the center console and dash gauges are in decent shape. I am starting to get the orig. dash parts reinstalled. Front seats look good, back are ok. (New info: I found all the original Date Coded seat belts all grouped together, poss. 1 extra).
DRIVE TRAIN: As I stated in the beginning, this car has a WT code original 400 engine out of the car, has a 350 bolted to the factory Hurst shifted orig. stick and the orig. 12 bolt posi with vintage traction bars, and Cherry Bombs!
This is a very rare and complete Formula 400 stick. Other than a Ram Air IV car, this is one of the rarest of the bunch for 1970! Total production figures show this Formula as one of 1637 M20's built.
If you know what this car is, its definitely a nice grab for the person looking for a special car that will go up in value without even touching it.
TOTAL PRODUCTION FOR 1970 MODEL YEAR:
FIREBIRD (BASE) = 37,835
FIREBIRD ESPRIT = ------
FIREBIRD FORMULA = 7,708
FIREBIRD TRANS AM = 3,196
TOTAL BIG BLOCK ENGINE/TRANS BREAKDOWN FOR 1970 MODEL YEAR:
400 (LS1-ramair IV) & (L74-ramair III) 1,398 AUTOMATICS / 1,798 MANUAL
400/330hp (YS block) 4,638 AUTOMATICS / (WT block) 2,381 MANUAL. of those, 1 of only 1,637 M20 4spds!
Beautiful car to restore and all the value with the PHS and matching numbers drivetrain. These cars will stay above the rest.
Serious car for any collection.
Thanx for looking!
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