Coachbuilder: Big Johnson

We're not sure whether Johnson Motor Company, which made Camaros and Firebirds into retro wannabes like today's feature, is related to the old Big Johnson t-shirt company; but it's entirely possible.  There are a lot of these 70s and 80s oddballs out there, but this one stands out with its orphaned brand roots and T-Tops, not to mention very low miles.


We see these based on GM G-Bodies and Fox T-Bird/Cougars at times, but a Firebird died to give birth to this one.  The T-Tops and interior give that away and that also means you can expect a lot of interior rattles.  Still, if you want to stand out this is a decidedly odd way to do it.

Unfortunately, the asking price of nearly $45K is high.  There's a Camaro-based one for sale on Hemmings right now for a bit under $14K, but it has 70K+ miles and isn't in nearly-new condition.  You'll have to decide what it's worth.

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Fort Myers, FL, USA
$44,900 BIN with offers considered and one day to go


The body is well done, but the T-Tops really stand out at way too modern.


From this angle, this could be any Excalibur or similar retro-mobile.  Three air horns!!


How about that wheelbase and overall length?


Luggage rack holds precisely one duffel bag.


We just had to include a close-up of the t-tops.


Here's where F-Body bits are more obvious.  Still, the wood kit does an okay job of dressing it up (from a distance, anyway).


Yes, there's a vestigial back seat there.


We mentioned the small-capacity luggage rack, but one shouldn't rely on the trunk here, either, despite the massive overall size of the car.  We recommend throwing the bags onto the rear seat.


Hood opening is unique to this car, but the engine is all Firebird.

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1989 JOHNSON MOTOR COMPANY PHANTOM COUPE
STATRTED WITH A BRAND NEW 89 FORMULA 350
ONLY 2800 ONE COLLECTOR OWNED MILES
THIS IS NOT A KIT CAR FACTORY BUILT
CAR IS HUGE 18.5 FT LONG
ALL POWER OPTIONS AND T-TOPS
BEAUTIFUL LEATHER INTERIOR
NEVER ANY ACCIDENTS!!!
ALWAYS STORED IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED BUILDING
STILL SHOWS AS NEW
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