Q: Sprint Option
I currently own: 1968 Firebird, Straight 6, 4.1 Litre overhead cam, 2-speed powerglide with 72,000 miles – unrebuilt.
I have heard the following things:
1) a 4.1 litre was more rare than the common 3.8 litre overhead cam – Question: Is this true?
2) that the basic configuration that my car currently has is almost impossible to find nowadays. – Question: Is this also true?
I am trying to figure out what my car is actually worth, but I do not know enough about the cars to figure it out. I am also trying to figure out if my model of car is actually as rare as people say it is. Everything on the car is original – it still has the original floormats. It is about 15% off of “mint” condition (does that statement make sense)? It burns a trace amount of oil – I believe it needs a ring job / rebuild I would like to know if dual exhaust came with the standard 2 barrel 326 convertible, or if this was an option that had to be ordered.
A: 1) Yes, the ‘Sprint’ option is hard to find and it is worth more. Also harder to find parts. The most popular Firebirds are the 400s and Ram Airs. I consider the Sprint to be in the same class as Ram Airs, cherished rare cars. I have yet to see both of them in person.
2) Same as above, only 7459 Sprint cars (including Tempest) were built. According to a couple of sources, the Sprint came standard with OHC 6, 4 bbl, at 215 hp at 5200 rpm. There were 1850 Sprint equiped powerglide cars.
3) It is desirable to have all the original equipment and accessories and new “mint” condition. I wish my car did so I did not have to scavenger around for parts. I still can not find some accessories. From the above information, I would be surprised if you could not get over $10,000 for it, more if it is a convertible. I have a hard time putting a definitive value since I can not see the car, market differences, and if you can find someone willing to pay top dollar.
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