Originally conceived in 1978 as a compact two-seat sports coupe, the Pontiac Fiero was originally intended to be a hot mid-engine sports car. It had to be re-imagined as a compact commuter car to get the production green light, as GM execs didn’t want anything challenging their flagship Corvette for performance supremacy. The young engineers from Pontiac had to ditch the notion of stuffing the little wedge with a high-performance aluminum V6, forcing them to settle with the corporate four-cylinder Iron Duke.
The 1984 model year saw the Pontiac Fiero’s first production. The sole engine choice was the 2.5-liter Iron Duke four, pushing 92 horsepower through either a three-speed automatic or four-speed manual transmission. With a curb weight of just 2,460 pounds, the Fiero was rather fuel efficient.
By 1987, the Pontiac Fiero was available with the 2.8-liter L44 V6 producing 135 horsepower, and either a three-speed auto or five-speed manual transmission. With the bump in power and extra cog in the manual trans, performance was much improved. Also available was the GT trim with flying buttress styling, giving the Fiero a fast back appearance, more rounded nose, and a rear spoiler.
Our feature car is a 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT in Light Gold Metallic over a silver base. It appears to be in very good original condition, with just 16,577 miles showing on the odometer. The paint appears to be the original, well-kept finish. There is very little indication of use, lacking the road rash that is so typical of cars that sit low to the ground. All four wheels are free from rash, but the period Goodyear Eagle GT tires are showing ample cracking from dry rot. Taillight lenses present well, with no noticeable cracking.
The Pontiac Fiero GT’s interior is swathed in a light tan cloth trimmed in a medium saddle brown trim. Fiero crests are sewn into the bucket seatbacks. The carpets are clean, and dash gauges are clear. A Delco AM-FM/Cassette stereo is located at the bottom of the center stack, just beneath the climate controls. The gauge pod trim at the top of the center stack looks to be curling slightly at the lower edges.
Under the rear deck can be found the engine and the rear storage area. The engine bay looks neatly detailed and largely original. The cargo area allows more space for luggage or groceries than one might imagine. A word to the wise about the cargo area – don’t carry ice cubes or ice cream in there for any length of time. The engine does transmit a certain level of heat.
This highly original Pontiac Fiero GT is being offered by Duncan Imports and Classics for $19,900.