Pontiac Firebird 400

  • Our Price: $135.00
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Danbury Mint 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 diecast car
Customer Rating: 10 stars
  • Year: 1969
  • Brand: Danbury Mint
  • Make: Pontiac
  • Code: 1380
  • Model: Firebird 400
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Color: Champagne Metallic

If you desire your 1969 Firebird a little more sedate than the, ‘in-your-face’ all out Trans Am, yet don’t want your ride to bore you to death or put you to sleep at the stoplight, then oh boy has Danbury got your number with this little ditty. Cosmetically changed very little from its inception in 1967, the ’69 got a front end facelift while the rear and interior were slightly restyled. Although sales numbers actually fell in 1969 and 1970, the overall design was cleaner than the pony car Firebirds of 1967 and 1968 vintage. DM’s presentation of the 400 is equally clean. In Champagne Metallic, the car is bright and appears to have a clearcoat finish, it is that glossy. The addition of redline tires really sets the model off well. They also hint to the fact that this wasn’t daddy’s car. The tread patterns are authentic as well. The execution of part fit is impeccable. You might term this a perfectly hinged diecast. The doors are hung on realistic hidden hinges. The hood has those magnificent scissors hinges, a work of art in their own right.

And the trunk has slim semi-circular hinges that are scaled just right and look so much more realistic than the clunky ones we’ve been accustomed to from the old days. This little number has that trick tach on the hood. You can squint and actually read the RPM dial. The twin scoops on the hood were a great styling exercise but non-functional for the 400 model. But underneath was a strong 400 cubic inch mill pumping out 330 horsepower at 4800 RPM’s. DM did a great job of detailing the engine and surrounding area. In fact it appears as thoroughly wired and plumbed as any 1:1. The plug wires are held by photo-etch metal looms. Heater hoses, battery cables and emissions tubing were all placed in their proper places. The hood closes on a tiny spring simulating the front latching point.

The Firebird emblems and ‘400’ badgings are metal three dimensional units and look wonderful on the diecast. The antenna, in the rear on this model Firebird, is functional. The rear license plate flips down to reveal the gas cap. Inside the trunk you will find the correct patterned floor mat, spare and jacking tools. In the dark green interior, you are met with yet more detail.

The sun visors fold down from their nearly hidden position against the roof. The seats fold forward. The belts are fabric with chromed buckles. The dash and foot pedals are fashioned well and the center console opens. The suspension is genuine and features fully functioning control arms, shocks and coil-overs. The rear suspension uses working shocks and leaf springs.

This is more like the ‘everyman’s car’ that you may have been likely to see at the end of the sixties. It is a great companion to the Trans Am. Its color, options and perky attitude are refreshing and real. Terrific effort by DM, I have to give this a 9.7 on the Thrillometer.

-Tony Perrone

  • Our Price: $135.00
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