Restore or base for what else?
The Pontiac Fiero is relatively unknown here in the Netherlands, but it was quite a popular model in North America for a long time. This copy made the crossing to our country and is now – reportedly for the first time in a long time – looking for a loving owner.
Although the money seemed to run out in 1980s America, Pontiac came up with a relatively modest sports car: the Fiero. It was a bit like an American Toyota MR2, because of its lines and the mid-engine, but of course with larger engines. Of course it remained an American product. The smallest was a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and then in 1985 a 2.8-liter V6 was added to the back of the Fiero GT. Another year later, in 1986, a fastback version of the Fiero GT came on the market. We’ve got one of those here.
It was quite a sporty appearance such a Fiero GT and the around 140 hp strong V6 also made it fairly smooth. 0 to 100 km/h can be done in just under 9 seconds and it reaches a top speed of around 200 km/h. Yet the Fiero was often the target of criticism. According to critics, the performance was not great enough and to make matters worse, Fieros sometimes caught fire spontaneously. Ultimately, the Pontiac Fiero would become a bit of a cult car and the car is perhaps best known to the Dutch as Marshall’s car from How I Met Your Mother.
In this copy you don’t have to be afraid of a stuck strap with 500 miles from The Proclaimers on it, because it just has a CD player in it. It’s also on aftermarket wheels that definitely don’t belong (and don’t really fit, do they?). According to the provider, the Fiero has been dry in a barn in Belgium for thirteen years, enough to present the car as a ‘barn find’. Apparently also enough to ask €6,950 for it. That seems a bit on the high side, especially considering that there is an additional charge for the inspection and registration of the car in the Netherlands. It still seems to be a reasonably neat car with a low mileage (82,518 km), but all in all, it is probably only possible to find an enthusiast for a slightly lower price. Or someone who wants to turn it into a ‘Ferrari’, that is also possible.
– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl