This 1970 restomod Firebird is blacker than the dead of night, has more power than a locomotive, and is currently running loose on the streets of Anywhere, U.S.A.
According to Car and Driver, a lucky Windy City buyer recently picked up the 1200-horsepower ‘Bird at the Mecum Chicago Auction. The price? Just $87,000.
That’s right, this blacked-out Pontiac is pushing the same power a Veyron for less money than it takes to replace the Bugatti’s rims and tires.
The massive output was achieved by boring out the Pontiac’s iron-blocked V8 to 480 cubic inches (7.8-liters), and fitting it with custom hydraulics, plumbing, and a high-flow respiratory system. Then, two 66mm Bullseye turbos were fitted, with enormous intercoolers keeping everything frosty under the hood.
Everybody loves smoky Dominic Toretto-style burnouts, but eventually, you have to get somewhere. To get its power to the ground effectively, the Firebird is equipped with a Rockland Tranzilla T56 six-speed manual and a twin-disc clutch.
There’s also a Detroit TrueTrac limited-slip differential at work, along with new sway bars, coilovers, and a 3.55 12-bolt rear end to keep the body in check.
Aesthetically, the car isn’t wildly different from the stock unit. There’s a customized steel aero package and Forgiato Ritorno wheels outside, and in the cabin, only Corbeau racing seats and five-point harnesses differentiate it from a factory 1970 Firebird.
To an untrained onlooker, this might as well be a lightly tweaked weekend warrior. My, how wrong they would be.
(Photos via Mecum Auctions)