Another week has gone by, and we’re back with “Hot Deals on Hot Wheels,” the segment where we highlight vehicles found on the internet that are interesting or worth buying. Last week we showcased a couple gems in the form of a ’62 Ford Econoline “surf van,” and a very cool ’67 Buick Skylark. This week we’ve found some more great buys for you with a priceless pair of perfect Pontiacs. Okay, all alteration aside, here they are.
1964 Pontiac Grand Prix:
First up is this well-optioned 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix.
WHY ITS COOL:
Introduced in 1962, the Pontiac Grand Prix was meant to be a performance replacement for the Pontiac Ventura, but later morphed into a sportier version of the Pontiac Catalina. By 1964 the Grand Prix had received several style changes, including the iconic Pontiac split-grille and stacked headlights. With John DeLorean running the show and having a major influence on the design of the Grand Prix, it comes as no surprise that the performance oriented arrowhead brand would offer the car with bucket seats, and a stout big-block 389. The version pictured above retains both.
WHY ITS A SMART BUY:
The link to the Grand Prix pictured above can be seen at ”https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/d/1964-pontiac-grand-prix/6710647282.html” Although, we can’t guarantee that it will be there when you read this. This is one well-optioned Grand Prix. It features original power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, and even an electric seat. Not only that, but what really makes this thing a great deal is the powerplant. There were several engine options for the 1964 model year, with the standard being a 303 hp 389. This one happens to come with a more sought after 389 with a four-barrel carburetor producing 333 hp. With an asking price $7,750, this Grand Prix already has all the hard work done. Basically, for the would-be buyer to have a beautiful, classic ride – all they have to do is pick a color.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT:
The great thing about a car like this Grand Prix is that you can have a really sweet ride for a minimal investment. If you know a painter, or happen to be one yourself, you could have an awesome street machine for well under 10 grand. Pictured above, you can see what we would do with this classic Pontiac. Nothing too wild or crazy. On a car like this we prefer a classy color like the original Matador Red Metallic. With other tasteful mods being a lowered stance, and some larger wheels and tires, this Grand Prix makes a stylish statement without being too much. Even for someone who isn’t looking to hang on to this ride, it could be a great investment. With the interior and drivetrain in such good shape, and it being such a well-optioned car, there is money to be made. Restore it and sell it, or keep it and cruise it – the options are limitless.
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400:
Next, we have a rare 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400.
WHY ITS COOL:
As if we need to tell all of you why an F-body of any kind is cool. Basically, the ’67 Firebird was the first “pony car” offered by Pontiac. Released alongside the ’67 Camaro, the Firebird was Pontiac’s answer to the Ford Mustang. This one happens to be a rare version of Pontiac’s front runner, because it is an original 400 car. Meaning it was optioned with the largest engine offered by Pontiac at the time. The 400ci engine is backed by a Saginaw 4-speed topped with a Hurst Super Shifter. This one happens to be an original California car, so there’s hope that it isn’t hiding too much rust. This one also features an optional hood mounted tachometer, functional hood scoops, power disc brakes, and the rare Safe T track rear end. The Safe T track option equipped the Firebird with dual traction bars, limited slip differential, and was only offered on the 400 version of the bird. Suffice to say, this Firebird is bad to the bone!
WHY ITS A SMART BUY:
The link to the Firebird pictured above is, ”https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/d/1967-pontiac-firebird-400/6704088153.html” For anyone in the market for a first gen F-body, they know how difficult it can be to find a car like this for such a low price. At $13,750 the seller isn’t exactly giving it away, but there is plenty of meat left on the bone if you are looking for a flip. This is also a great option if you are looking to make a long term investment, or build your dream car. Considering the rarity, decent condition, and low cost of entry, this is definitely a smart buy. After reading the Craigslist ad, the seller has obviously done their homework, and although they are advertising it as a “numbers-matching,” car, it doesn’t possess the original 400. Somewhere along the line a 455 HO powerplant was swapped in. It does detract from the value, but it is still a very capable engine, and at least it is of the same brand. The same can be said for the 4-speed. Regardless, at under 15k for a running, driving ’67 Firebird 400 in semi-complete condition – whoever buys this bird is winning.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT:
Since the car has already seen some modification with the engine and transmission swap, we wouldn’t feel bad about modifying it in any other way. It does have some rare options, but if we were given the opportunity to build this firebird, we can say it would be transformed into a corner-hugging, pro-touring monster like the one you see above. Some of you will cringe, but for the money we could get for the Safe T track and other odds and ends, we could start building a 4-link rear suspension, upgrading the brakes, and making it a more reliable, capable, and fun to drive car. The point here is to keep this thing on the road and have fun doing it. So what if it isn’t 100% original? It’s still a ’67 Firebird 400!
So, there you have it. Until next time, we’ll keep hunting for rusty gold, and keep all of you up to date on the best deals the internet has to offer. Let us know if you’ve found something exciting in your area via our Facebook page or comment section below, and keep checking back with us for more great finds!