Q: Grill Color for 1967 or 1968
I am getting two different answers from restoration veterans about the correct grill insert color on a 1968 with a 400 (RamAir or otherwise). Several guys have told me that the silver/gray was the only color available and that the extra chrome strip was the only difference. To back this up I have found an article in Januarys High Performance Pontiac Magazine about a purple 1967 RamAir 1 restoration. The magazine called the car “one of the most correctly restored 1967 Ram Air Firebirds”. It has silver grills. Still other people have told me that the 400 option included grills painted an almost black charcoal gray with the extra chrome on top. Evidence of this can be seen on the cover of the spring ’98 Year One Catalog (also a ’67). I need to paint my grills soon, so I can get the car back together before spring.
A: The 1967-8 Firebird grilles were identical, except for how they were painted. The correct grille colors for the 1967-8 Firebirds are as follows:
1967 – Argent Silver outer, with a Black center.
1968 – Charcoal outer, with Argent Silver center.
The Charcoal and Argent Silver are the same colors that are used on Rally II wheels and they should be a satin finish, not gloss.
For both years, only the Firebird 400 came with a chrome (hockey stick) bar in the center of the grilles.
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