Friday, July 18, 2014
First Two Pontiac Firebird Prototypes Dragged from Connecticut Barn
Posted by Zach Bowman
The very first Pontiac Firebirds ever built have been discovered hidden in a Connecticut barn. Richard Rawlings, host of Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud, found the prototypes after asking a client if he had anything interesting to sell. The client didn’t, but he knew where Firebirds No. 1 and 2 were hiding.
The cars were hand-built by John DeLorean and his design team using Chevrolet Camaro bits. Firebird 1 debuted just five months after its Bowtie cousin.
According to The New York Post, Rawlings originally wanted to sell the cars in as-is condition, but a collector in North Dakota wanted both machines restored to factory specifications for a museum display. In classic reality TV fashion, he wanted them done in 60 days.
Fret not: the Fast N’ Loud film crew was on hand to document the whole shindig. You can watch the build on the April 21 and 28 episodes.