18 January 2019
The Barrett-Jackson auction company in Scottsdale, Arizona, is currently auctioning one of three Firebird Formulas provided by Pontiac Motor Division to the TV show The Rockford Files and used from 1978 until the series ended in 1980.
With a special Sierra Gold exterior and tan interior, the factory Formula 400 model was modified to look like an Esprit for the show.
The car which is up for sale was the sound car (used for close-ups while driving) and still has the original microphone box, holes drilled to run recording wiring, and a skid plate to protect the engine and transmission from damage during stunts.
It’s powered by a 6.6-litre V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission and features air conditioning and Rally gauges, as well as power windows, steering and brakes.
This car – which was purchased by actor James Garner at the conclusion of the series and driven by him until May 1981 – was the only one used in the show that had power windows and an AM/FM radio.
It was recently frame-on restored by noted Pontiac restorer Mike Flaherty and presents just as it would be to start a season of filming The Rockford Files.
More information is available at the Barret-Jackson website. where you can also bid online. There is no reserve.