A legendary Pontiac Firebird Formula is up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions January 12-20 2019.
The iconic Solar Gold Firebird Formula was one of three supplied by the Pontiac Motor Division to be used in cult the TV show ‘The Rockford Files’ and was used from 1978 until the series finished in 1980.
Dressed in Gold and a luxurious tanned interior, the tenacious looking classic was modified, which included the spoiler and nose-cone removal to look like the lesser powered Esprit for the successful series.
This particular car was termed as the ‘sound’ car and has still retains the locations where wires, mics and other recording equipment was implemented for filming.
Powered by the mighty 6.6 litre V8 lump and the usual automatic transmission, the Firebird also boasts air-con, electric windows and was even purchased by the super-sleuth, James Garner at the end of the series.
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The private investigator used the car daily until May 1981, because it was the only one used in the show that had power windows and an AM/FM radio.
Following a restoration by Pontiac restorer Mike Flaherty, the now desirable classic looks exactly as it would have at the beginning of filming for the ‘Rockford Files’.
Included is a copy of the dealer invoice showing the car was delivered to Pontiac Motor Division in Sherman Oaks, CA (the location Vista Group/Product Placement used to get their vehicles from GM), as well as a letter from James Garner’s production company identifying the car as an actual screen-used Firebird Formula 400, and that he drove this car during the filming of series.
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The Formula Firebird sells for $115,000 at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale Auction.
Images courtesy Barrett-Jackson.