John Ulaszek from BangShift sponsor II Much Fabrication (visit them by clicking HERE) dropped us a line expressing his love for this absolutely perfect 1992 Pontiac Firebird Firehawk. The car is one of just 25 built by SLP Performance that year and it is the most documented, researched, and probably lowest mileage example in existence. Hell, a guy from the Pontiac historical society actually owned it at one point. With less than 3,000 miles on it, the motor is barely broken in and every visible surface in the photos looks like it was rolling out of the factory yesterday. Of course, all of this means that the car is worth some scratch, but $95,000? That is for the market to decide we guess.
I was 12 when this car came out and I can remember reading magazine write ups about it and hearing that it had a special engine in it that made like 350hp and that it was mean enough to destroy Corvettes of the time, etc. All of that is true of course. The car was bought as a factory 350/automatic/1LE/WS6/W66 car and then shipped to SLP in New Jersey where they would further enhance the suspension system and then pull the motor out and replace it with a 4-bolt main block based engine with better heads, cam, pistons, etc than stock. The topper, now as it was then was the famous T-ram intake manifold that everyone and their sister wanted in the 1990s. That thing was sweet then and it is sweet now. The result was a stout 350hp engine and a fearsome street car for the day when the hairiest Camaro and ‘Bird were making 230hp. A ZF six speed stick was swapped in, the rear end was a Dana 44 packed with 3.54 gears, and the wheels are the famous Ronal wheels that were painted body color in the openings. The price was $19,000 on top of a car you just bought for $20,000, hence the reason there are not a lot of them around.
The documentation on this car is insane. As we said earlier, having been formerly owned by a guy from Pontiac Historical Services, what do you expect. From letters between SLP and the buyer on production delays to every single shred of paper on the car ever produced, there are FAA crash investigations that have less documentation involved than this car does. Jeez.
So now that you have the story of this car in a nutshell, check out the photos and then hit the link at the bottom of the page to see more photos and info. Then we want to know if the car is worth the money. Is there really a third-gen Firebird worth $95,000?