As you see I am the original owner and originally ordered the car. But it almost didn’t survive delivery! When it came in on February 4, 1971 I received a call from a friend that I better get up to where they were unloading the car because my ordered car was getting ready to fall off the truck!
It was on the top over the cab. We had snow and freezing rain the previous few days and when the driver put the car in reverse it jumped sideways partially off the right side and was caught by the A-arm.
A wrecker across the road in a body shop had a cable on the left frame holding it on! The only thing they could do was give it a quick pull and luckily it slid back on the track with no damage other than a bent brake rotor dust shield!
We kick ourselves to this day for not getting a photo of this occurrence!
Phil Hoey of Dewey, Oklahoma has 4 ‘68 Firebirds:
#1 – ‘68 Firebird convertible blue with white top
#2 -‘68 Firebird convertible red with black top
#3 – ‘68 Firebird convertible yellow with black top
#4 – ‘68 Firebird coupe Primavera beige with gold top
The three convertibles are 400 cars and all have been totally restored. I have owned them for about twenty seven years.
I purchased the coupe in February of 1968 and retired it in 1973. It is a pristine original inside and out with 76,000 miles. The carb has never been off the car and it still runs and drives as good as the day I bought it. I have all the receipts and history of the car. The color combination was chosen at the time I was looking for a Firebird because I saw a salesman’s demo car that was gorgeous in this color combination. My coupe has a Cordova top that matched the color of the convertible. I could not afford the convertible at that time so this was close as I could get to one.
In the summer of 1968, driving north on a two mile stretch of road that slowly slopes down, the car obtained a speed of 131 mph. This was on bias ply tires and it was probably not the sharpest thing to do. I did find out at that speed the centrifugal force of the wheels rendered the manual brakes useless until the car has reduced it speed.