Q: Sport Option
I have seen the 400 engine refered to as the “400 Sport Option” in a couple references and the 400 front bumper emblem drawing. Was this only for the 400?
A: Actually, the “sport” reference was not the actual designation for the 400 option. I did this sketch quite awhile ago and probably borrowed “sport” from some reference in a magazine and/or older GM Parts Catalog. I do believe in some factory literature (Parts Books?) there was/is a reference to this option as the “400 Sport Option”. Then again, I could be wrong. Either way, the point here is that the “400” option consisted not only of a 400 engine but appearance items as well…. Chrome Grill Moldings, Frt. Bumper ‘Crest’ Emblem, “400” emblems on the Hood and Deck-Lid, Redline Tires, Chrome Engine Trim, Dual Exhaust, 4Bbl Carb, firmer shocks/springs.
A: You are correct in the reference to a “400 Sport Option”. It is mentioned thruout the parts catalog and even in the accessory catalog.
However in the accessory groups is a separate heading of “SPORT OPTIONS” which includes all Tempest Sprints, Firebird Sprints,Firebird 350,Firebird HO(350)and Firebird 400. Since the engine options are also listed in a separate category it excludes all of the Firebird models listed above.The only engine option that is listed for Firebird is the 400 HO. What this would lead one to believe is that all of the 5 specific models of Firebird except the base 1 bbl OHC-6 were considered to be “Sport Options”. I think this was abbreviated to eliminate confusion to include only the “400” option.
A: The sport option was referenced in the 1968 Pontiac Sales Manual used in each showroom: 1968 Pontiac Sales Manual – Sales Price Index
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