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Pontiac owners travels by air, sea to secure 1969 Firebird

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1969 Pontiac Firebird 400

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Mitch Sexner of Buffalo Grove says he loves his Pontiac Firebird in part because of its prominent hood scoops.

Buyers in 1969 could order this seldom seen Carousel Red paint hue for an extra $12.64.

Another rare option are the factory front shoulder belts, which were uncommon for convertibles back in 1969.

The Firebird's 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine had to be rebuilt in 2008.

When replacing its gas tank, Sexner was delighted to find the original build sheet sandwiched between the tank and body where it was left by GM assembly line workers decades ago. "Owners of old cars always hope to find original paperwork and I was quite surprised to learn it was still there."

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There's no bound a classic car enthusiast won't scale in the pursuit of his or her perfect ride. Mitch Sexner's journey took him by air, by land and by water before he secured this 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible.
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    • 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
    • Mitch Sexner of Buffalo Grove says he loves his Pontiac Firebird in part because of its prominent hood scoops.
    • Buyers in 1969 could order this seldom seen Carousel Red paint hue for an extra $12.64.
    • Another rare option are the factory front shoulder belts, which were uncommon for convertibles back in 1969.
    • The Firebird’s 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine had to be rebuilt in 2008.
    • When replacing its gas tank, Sexner was delighted to find the original build sheet sandwiched between the tank and body where it was left by GM assembly line workers decades ago. “Owners of old cars always hope to find original paperwork and I was quite surprised to learn it was still there.”
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