Q: Value for a 1968 Firebird 400 H.O.
Is $17,000 USD good value for a 400HO (L74) (code 348), #s matching & includes build sheet , is a solid # 2 car — Fully restored with NOS Quarters and front fenders, all original floors, frame rails and Mint undercarriage, 55,000 Original Miles, and Painted the Turquois irid.?
What is this car worth to you? It has basic options & includes disc brakes, rallys, rear spoiler , 400 hood and tach, ps, p ant, No air or Pw.. He wants $17500 for it. Is this too high?
A: I would have to agree that 17K is defintely high for any non ram air coupe (even a high 2 coupe like you described).
Unfortunately out of all the low production high performance first gen birds the 1968 400ho and 1969 400 ho and 400 RA III cars fetch only minimal premiums above the std 400 models from what ive seen. the reason for this im guessing is that when you look at what the 400ho ‘added’ over the std 400 you see that it wasnt all that much , particularly for the auto cars. the 400 ho in 1968 (there was no RA III firebird in 68), recieved longbranch exh manifolds and the perf upgrade ‘068’ cam (4spd only) and carb (4speed only). as you can see the 400 ho auto cars werent much different than their std 400 brethren while the 4speed 400ho counterparts did give you a little more bang for your ho buck.
the ram air cars in 67-8-9 are a different story. these cars all came with functional induction, much more radical cams, high flow heads, ‘bulletproof’ 3.90 posi rears and their own specific carbs. of course back in teh day you really PAID for this option (~25% over sticker) and those 3.90s made normal driving , well lets say it wasnt your avg grocery getter. these cars today are worth thier weight in gold and are very difficult to come by esp with their original matching numbers drivetrains in tact (ie they were factory RACE cars its no wonder!). anyhow in my biased mind anyway ‘real ram air’ birds incl 1967 ra I, 1968 RA I, II and 1969 RA IV cars. one could make an argument for 1969 400 RA III cars that actually came with functional induction (<100 made). however these cars, didnt get anything in the gearing dept (ie no 3.90) or special heads..again thats my biased opinion though… ;> u gotta take it for what its worth!!
PS the other relativly big hop up in pricing is conv vs coupe…the convert pricing has really blossomed in the last 3 yrs…
anyway here are my price range estimates for all the 400 cars 67-8. im assuming solid driver, complete high 3 low 2 (nice solid driver cond).
1967 400 coupe auto $6500 400 coupe 4speed $8000 400 coupe ram air1 auto $15500 ? 400 coupe ram air1 4spd $17500 ? 400 conv auto $11000 400 conv 4speed $13500 400 conv ram air1 auto $40000-60000 ?? (they made only 2 cars!) 400 conv ram air1 4spd $40000-60000 ?? (they made only 6 cars!) 1968 400 coupe auto $6500 400 coupe 4speed $8000 400 coupe ho auto $8500 (rick for high 2 car maybe add30% = 11-11.5k) 400 coupe ho 4speed $11000 400 coupe ram air1 auto $14000 * ? 400 coupe ram air1 4spd $17500 ? 400 coupe ram air2 auto $35000-50000 ?? very very few ever hit the market 400 coupe ram air2 4spd $40000-60000 ?? very very few ever hit the market 400 conv auto $11000 400 conv 4speed $13500 400 conv ho auto $13500 400 conv ho 4speed $17000 400 conv ram air1 auto $30000-35000 * ?? very few ever hit the market 400 conv ram air1 4spd $40000-60000 ?? very few ever hit the market 400 conv ram air2 auto $50000-75000 ?? very very few ever hit the market 400 conv ram air2 4spd $55000-85000 ?? very very few ever hit the market
NOTE: * downgraded cam (068) for all 1968 RA1 auto cars lowers my $$ somewhat
? is a good guesswork estimate…could be *considerably higher* depending on the options, cond, absolutel originality, current market, deep pockets of the buyer etc…like anything rare its supply and demand plus the whimsy/’gotta have it factor’ of the buyer….
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