When you open the hood, don’t let the flash of the polished components keep you from discovering this Pontiac’s secret. These first year Firebirds topped out at 400 cubic-inches. That was plenty of power, but this one hides an upgrade that comes from later in the muscle car wars. It’s running an extremely desirable, monster 455ci V8 borrowed from a ’70s Pontiac. And it doesn’t stop there, because it also has been bored .30 over. That’s a lot of American muscle for you to command, and everyone knows it thanks to the rumbling dual exhaust. Best of all, this Firebird give you complete command over the sound and fury of the big V8 thanks to the Super T-10 four-speed manual transmission. Add in the power steering, front disc brakes, and modern BF Goodrich T/As at all four corners, and this big motor ragtop is also a fine Sunday driver.

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