AJ's Car of the Day: Tuesday, April 29th 1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II Coupe

Car: Pontiac Firebird Ram-Air II Coupe

Year: 1968

What makes it special: It was the second year for the first generation Pontiac Firebird, with the styling difference from the 1967 to the 1968 model being the addition of federally mandated side marker lights. For the front of the car, the turn signals were made larger and extended to wrap around the front edges of the car, and on the rear, the Pontiac (V-shaped) Arrowhead logo was added to each side. The front door vent windows were replaced with a single pane of glass. Also, a "Ram Air" option became available in 1968, with functional hood scoops, higher flow heads with stronger valve springs, and a different camshaft.

What made it famous: It has the L67 Ram-Air II 400 cu in V8 with the M22 close ratio 4-speed transmission. Power for the Ram Air package was the same as the base 400 H.O., but the engine peaked at a higher RPM. It's extremely rare. It's one of only 110 built.

Why I would want one: It's Pontiac's Pony Car, it has plenty of go when you mash the pedal, and it's a rare version of this iconic muscle car. It literally IS "all that and a bag of chips!"

Fun fact: The name "Firebird" was also previously used by General Motors for it's unrelated concept cars.

( 1968 Pontiac Firebird Ram Air II Coupe photo from highperformancepontiac.com )