West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this stylishly customized with no expense spared all American classic muscle car - an original southern California 'Black License Plate' 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400/330HP 4 BBL V8 Coupe with it's original matching #'s 'YT' code 400/330HP 4BBL V8 Long Block engine which was matched originally to a Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 three speed automatic transmission but which was converted to a 4 speed M-22 Muncie manual transmission with a 'Hurst V Gate 2' Shifter and with the 400c.i. engine stroked to a standard 455c.i., which was sold at 'Haskell Pontiac' of Culver City, CA on 5/11/1969 and still boasts it's original 'Haskell Pontiac' dealership license frames and with reportedly only two southern California owners since new; a fully loaded model in it's day with the following original rare factory options including;
Firebird 400 Package ($347) Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission ($227) Console ($53) Deluxe Steering Wheel ($15) Tilt Steering Wheel ($45), Rally II Wheels ($84), Air Conditioning ($376). Variable Ratio Power Steering ($105), Front Power Disc Brakes ($64), Tinted Glass ($32), Dual Horns ($4) Heavy Duty Air Cleaner ($9) Custom Trim with Woodgrain dash ($110), Brake Pedal Trim ($5) Head Restraints, Chrome Rocker Covers & Oil Cap, Dual Exhausts, Lamp Glove Box ($3) Electric Clock ($15) Speedo Safe ($11) AM Stereo Radio ($239) Special Paint ($12) Remote Mirror ($10) Tri Brk Pdl ($5) Custom Trim ($78) Courtesy Lamp ($4)
The Firebird was Pontiac's slightly more upmarket version of the Chevrolet Camaro and the models were given a restyling in 1969 for their third season in the marketplace. A new RPO (regular production option) was quietly slipped into the lineup during midyear, the Trans Am, a new high performance option roughly equivalent to the GTO in the LeMans lineup. Power came from a 400 4 BBL V8 with 330HP and in the Ram Air III with 335HP 430 lbs torque at 3400 rpm (634 cars, coupes & convertibles) or Ram Air IV with 345HP 430 lbs torque at 3700 rpm (55 cars, all coupes) versions. Either way well over 350HP was available in a car that weighed just over 3,000 pounds! That provided for some literally amazing performance in a pony car and these models were extremely limited in production.
This particular example has had only two southern California owners since new and boasts a copy of it's original window sticker confirming all it's original options and a car which has been beautifully and professionally restored and customized by only it's second owner in its original 'Carousel Red' (Paint Code 72) factory color and its original 'Black' Custom Knit Vinyl Weave (Trim code 218) interior and a car which has obviously always been been well maintained and kept since new! This car must be seen and indeed driven to be fully appreciated. The matching #'s rebuilt 'YT' code 400/330HP 4 Barrel V8 engine has been stroked to a standard 455 and the car has the following custom upgrades:
Original YT Block with original 62 Heads stroked to a standard 455c.i. 500HP, 512 lft lbs Torque Scat Crank 4.21 Stroke 4.155 Bore Steel Cast 3# Mains Rods - Eagle 4340 H-Beam, 6.625 Length Steel Pro Rings, Clevite 77 Rod Bearings & Cam Bearings Pistons - Speed Pro Forged Decked to 10.5.1 Compression Camshaft - Bullet Racing Cam 288/296-08 Rocker Arms - Crower FY Roller - 1.65, Crower Push Rods Heads fully ported to Ram Air IV Specs Stainless Steel Valves with Chrome Tips Full Roller Timing Chain Hays Billit Steel Full MSD Ignition - Pro Billet Distributor, 130 amp MSD Alternator, Wires, MSD Blaster Coil Gal Ignition Box with programing options Lakewood Steel Scatter Shield Moroso 7qt Oil Pan, Oil Pan Scraper, Melling High Volume 60 PSI Oil Pump Holley 950H.P. Carburetor Torque II Ported & Polished Intake Manifold Flow Kooler Water Pump Rodney Red Full Polished Aluminum Radiator with 180 degrees thermpo switch & Bosch 75 amp relays Dougs Ceramic Coated Headers 3" Aluminum Exhaust System with H pipe Holley Electric Fuel Pump with relay Oil Pump Safety Feature, as oil pressure drops below 10 PSI engine shuts down All Heads & Engine Bolts are ARP 1971 26 Spline Muncie M-22 4 Speed Transmission with 'Masiero' Italian Gears (2.56, 1.75, 1.36, 1.1) with Hurst V-Gate Shifter Wilwood Dynalite Big Brake Front Hub, Vented Rotor Discs Currie 9" + Rear End with 3.89 True Trac Posi, Steel Axles, 31 Spline, 3150 Universal Joints Large Pinion Bearings, Rear Disc Brakes, 4" Drive Shaft, with Safety Loop, Stainless Steel Brake Lines QAI Coil over shock kit with Global West Tubular Upper & Lower Control Arms with 12.7.1 Steering Gear Box SFI Billet Specialties Polished Wheels 15"x4" Front, 15"x8" Rear with ARP Studs M&H Racemaster Rear Tires with Firestones in Front Competition Engineering Traction Bars & Sub Frame Connectors Emergency Shut off switch with trunk mounted Yellow Optima Battery Autometer Full Sweep Electric Gauges Factory Hood Tachometer & open Ram Air vents wth set of closed vents
This is a phenomenally well built hot rod custom which still holds true to its roots and which obviously sounds and drives absolutely magnificently - see the video on our You Tube Page on our website for visuals.
In summary this must be one of the finest examples anywhere of a fully operational and tastefully customized and very collectible and most desirable 1969 year of the legendary big block 400 V8 Pontiac Firebird which has all the right original factory options as well as all the modern day custom upgrades and technical advances, a wonderful example of an all American sixties muscle car with only two southern California owners since new and a wonderful addition to any muscle car or custom hot rod enthusiasts collection!