Is this sacrilegious?
What you’re looking at is the 1968 Pontiac Firebird that competed in the ’68 Trans Am season, and driven by Jerry Titus in the 1969 24 Hours of Daytona. But it started life out as a '68 Chevrolet Camaro. Here’s what happened: Titus left Ford and started his own racing team, called TG Racing. He struck a deal with Pontiac to provide the race cars. However, he still had to finish up the ’68 racing season and the ’69 Pontiacs weren’t available yet. So Titus went to former sprint car driver, Jon Ward, about acquiring the latter’s own self-prepped ’68 Camaro.
A deal was made and because of his previous agreement with Pontiac, Titus made the Camaro-to-Firebird conversion. Once the ’69 Pontiacs became available, Titus sold the car back to Ward who later sold it again. Eventually the car made its way to the Mexican Trans Am racing series until it was rediscovered in 1988. Titus’s son was able to authenticate it and soon bought it, before handing it over to Bill Elliot Racing in Georgia for a complete restoration. It was reconditioned and race-prepped in its’69 Daytona livery. And now it can be yours as it’s heading to auction later this month at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction.