You can quit laughing now. I mean it, the money spent on this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT is worth it. The story of the Fiero is one of growth, maturity…and then, a quick and glamour-less death. A mix of a designer’s dreams coupled with General Motors’ bean-counters wrecking all of the good stuff, the Fiero did at least show up as a mid-engined, two seat sports car…one with the suspension from the Chevrolet Citation, mind you, but it appeared nonetheless, and it managed to last five years before being cut from the team. And in traditional GM fashion, that happened right as things were getting good…the suspension was redesigned and was radically improved being the biggest note.
As of writing, the Fiero is still the only mass-produced mid-engined two-seater made or sold by an American manufacturer, and as such, the car has a cult following, While we might joke about the little Pontiac being nothing more than kit-car fodder, the truth is that these things could handle well and only needed some power to really be something worth lusting after. We’ve seen Northstars and LS4s shoved into them, and even the occasional small-block V8, but it’s the supercharged 3800 V6 found in Pontiacs and Buicks at the beginning of the ’00s that offer up a nice balance. A blown six, hooked to a five-speed manual, makes this hunkered-down little red rocket something special.
It’s not perfect…the tachometer needs to be worked on to read right and the air conditioning system leaks out a bit, but overall? It’s low-slung, mid-engined and sporting a third pedal. If corners are your bag, you could do a lot worse than a Sunset Red Fiero. Parts are cheap and available, the 3800 makes a good amount of power, and the car should corner like a slot-car. Just please, don’t turn this into another Fauxrarri.