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  Lot #747.1  (Sale Order: 154 of 221)  
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Presented from a private collection are the very first production Firebirds built VIN #001 and #002. They are the most significant Firebirds ever produced and a huge piece of GM and automotive history built at the Pontiac Lordstown OH assembly plant in early 1967. The body tags on each are labeled Show Body 1 on the convertible and Show Body 4 on this coupe. Both cars were used for auto show and advertising purposes before being eventually released and sold. By 1966 the race was really heating up between the big three manufacturers to dominate the pony-car muscle movement that had become so hot. The release of Firebird in 1967 came about under the direction of John DeLorean as a Vice President of General Motors and Pontiac Division General Manager. Pontiacs Chief Design Engineer Jack Humbert was assigned the task of developing the car. He commissioned his very best Pontiac designers for the job. The Firebird was born with a uniquely different appearance and engineering features than its sister car the Camaro although they shared a common body structure. Visually the Pontiac F-body as it was called came with a split-nose grille and chrome bumper a lowered stance wide oval tires horizontal headlights and taillights along with Rally-style side vents. The new Firebird certainly stood out from the crowd. Although Pontiac Firebird was a late entry to the race in January 1967 the car dominated not only in popularity and performance but sales went through the roof. The 1967 Firebird dominated the Pontiac showrooms as well selling in excess of 82000 units that first year even with a late release. Both this coupe and the VIN #001 convertible are very significant Firebirds that were found together; they have been together all these years and never separated. Discovered in a very tired and sad condition they were rescued and painstakingly restored to bring them back to their former glory. **SOLD AS A PAIR WITH LOT 747**

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 Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 | 11:00 AM  Pacific
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Lot number: 747.1
Seller: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Event: Las Vegas Collector Car Auction
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