Wellborn's Rockford File Firebird Heads To Auction
Written by Jim Suva
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mechum Auctions
Friday January 23, 2015 will mark the first time, a screen used Rockford File Firebird will be auctioned. It will be auctioned by Mechum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida. Coverage of the auction will be on NBCSN, 12 -5p that day. There is a lot of speculation on what the final price will be. Here is a link to the listing.
Tim Wellborn of the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum, first purchased this 1978 Firebird from Nelson's Garage in 2011. Here is a link to a story when Tim first purchased the car:
I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Wellborn last November at the Corvette Nationals and Muscle Car show, in Rosemont Illinois. This Firebird has a special place in The Rockford Files history. It was used in the 1990's Rockford Movies. It is used alot in the "Godfather's Knows Best" movie. This particular Firebird appears to be in the best original screen used condition of any of the Firebirds, that I have seen to date. The other screen used TV series cars all need to be restored, thus many original parts need to be replaced. Although the TV screen used Firebirds are the most desirable, those cars very rarely come available if ever. So here is your chance on owning a piece of TV/James Garner history.
1/13/15 - The Wellborn Cars are loaded and on their way to the Mechum Auctions. Pictures from the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum below. Tim and Pam Wellborn look over the trucks with their collection of cars.
1/14/15 - Wellborn collection with the Rockford Firebird arrives in Kissimmee, Florida for staging.
The letter of authenticity for the 1978 Firebird.
Photos by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mechum Auctions
Here is the Wellborne Museum display for the auction. The Rockford Firebird is on the right side of the picture with the Trans Ams.
The Wellborn Museum, sold their Rockford Files Firebird for $40,000.00 today 1/23/15. Congratulations to it's new owner.
Hopefully the new owner will contact me, so that we can keep track of it.
Here is the auction: