Collectible Classic: 1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero – Automobile Magazine




Pontiac had long pined for a two-seat sports car, only to be rejected by GM management on the grounds that such a car would compete too closely with the Corvette. But as fuel efficiency became a compelling issue in the late 1970s, engineer Hulki Aldikacti successfully pitched management a plastic-body, mid-engine two-seater. The key was that it wasn’t a sports car, but a cute little fuel sipper for cost-conscious commuters. “It was kind of a backdoor car,” explains Gregg Peterson, an engineer for Pontiac at the time. To avoid raising any suspicions at the corporate level, official drawings of the car showed only a four-cylinder engine aft of the rear seats. “But in every drawing we made sure a V-6 would fit,” says Peterson.


My thoughts about the car?  I owned one, a 1986 GT model, without the rear spoiler.  I had no mechanical issues during my ownership of it.  It was a well-rounded two-seater, with decent power, good handling, and good aural characteristics.  I was impressed with the facts that it had mass (ie, it wouldn’t just disappear in a crash), there was ample interior space, it had a small but very deep trunk in the rear of the vehicle and I still had space enough in the vehicle to throw two sub-woofer boxes behind the seats.  Many people nowadays measure vehicles by how much power their engines produce.  I don’t think anyone in the 80s era expected this car to be an over-achiever.  It was good for what it was.  It’s a pity the car died after only 4 years of production, as the last versions were very good.

It is indeed a classic…and no, not all cars reach classic status.  All cars age, but not all become memorable.

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