My Classic Car: Dan’s 1987 Pontiac Formula Firebird

Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos
Top down | Dan Groppenbecker photos

I had a 1988 Pontiac Formula Firebird when was a young man, but we live in a city where there are many hills and rear-wheel drive is not ideal. It was my everyday driver and I had to sell to get a front wheel-drive car.

I always wanted to have a convertible as I had fond memories of my dad’s 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS. I was surfing the web and found this car, which fit the wish list.

Top up
Top up

There were no 1987 Firebird convertibles so it was bought by the owner and sent to a coachbuilder in New York to be retrofit as a drop top. This is also the last year Firebirds were made at the Norwood, Ohio, plant which is very close to where I live.

It is in nice shape for its age and is a work in progress. I love to drive it on nice days.

— Dan Groppenbecker, Cincinnati

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