Greetings all from sunny South Carolina!
I became a Pontiac lover as a teenager in Michigan when a guy who was like my big brother had a 1972 GTO named "The Ghost" that we used to cruise around in. I always loved the sound of the engine along with the smell of gas, fuel, leather and guy cologne! I've been hooked on Pontiacs ever since and have owned a GTP, and most recently a 1999 Trans Am that I drove from 2001 when I moved to SC until 2016.
I made my dream of owning my own Pontiac muscle car come true when I got my '68 Firebird 400 4-speed about 11 years ago.
We bought the car from my husband's childhood friend in Virginia, who got it from a guy he knew who for some reason took out the original 350 engine and set it up and badged it as a 400.
My husband's friend managed to get the numbers matching original 350 motor from the guy, so although the car has a 400 motor in it, I have the original 350 motor in my garage rebuilt and ready to go.
I have the original build sheet and learned that the car used to be burgundy, and a 3-speed on the tree, but has been very nicely restored in Verdoro Green with a 4-speed.
I've gotten PHS documentation on it, and have had a blast driving it around the Lowcountry and hitting some local car shows.
In the smaller shows, I rarely win anything, but in the larger shows I do well! Two memorable wins were a Car Club Top 25 Crescent Award at the 2011 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance, and a "Best of Show" award from Hagerty in the 2019 Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance Savannah Speed Classic car show, where I got to drive parade laps on the road course.
I'm actually joining to get some info on a replacement fuel sending unit, and look forward to checking out other members' rides!