1985 Pontiac Fiero GT
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"Hi Gloria, thank you for the lovely bottle of wine you gave us with the car. Murray drove the Jag down to Mosgiel last Saturday and said it drove extremely well. I must say that I am very impressed with the car. It looks even better than the photos show. We went on an outing Sunday afternoon and I drove it for the first time. It went well and is so nice to drive. Both my wife Anne and I love it. I must also say it has been a pleasure doing business with you and Jesmond and I hope to be able to work with you again in the future."Stu McEachen, Dunedin, New Zealand
Sexy and economical, the 85 edition Fiero was pivotal in the path of the breed.
Pontiac management had purposely downplayed the Fiero when in development and in the first year of production. They knew that it would be a hard sell to market the little two-seater as a sports car because GM and Chevrolet management were not about to let it compete with the Corvette, which was being re-introduced for '84 after a one-year lapse in production. As it had always been, the Corvette was hallowed ground to many GM executives, and the last thing they wanted was competition from within.
Instead, a different strategy would be implemented...Pontiac General Manager William Hoglund put the Fiero project in the very capable hands of Hulki Aldikacti, the brilliant Turkish-born engineer, who was also a very adept corporate politician. The pair would push the P-car's development and approval process through the GM hierarchy by branding it not as a sports car, but as a "commuter car" that just happened to be a two-seater. Later, after the model was established, Pontiac could roll out its true intentions and beef things up a bit. The plan worked, and Fiero production began in summer 1983.
ABOUT THIS CAR
- The Fiero utilises a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with a 2.8-liter six-cylinder unit with a three-speed automatic. It is a sporty-looking little car with very impressive mileage figures. The suspension is based on the chassis of the Chevrolet Chevette and uses a double wishbone design.
- Small, relatively light, and entertaining - it was very well accepted by customers and was praised it for its handling and affordable price.
- At 30+ years old, this Fiero is still very much a lovely car. With just over 100K miles on the clock, it still looks a very tidy car. The carpets are tidy and the seats are still firm and presentable. The internal plastics are still pretty tidy overall.
- It starts instantly at the first turn of a key and burbles happily as it rolls out of our show room.
- Nice paintwork on a straight body.
- Small and compact but compared to modern muscle cars, inside is actually quite roomy. Easy to see out of and no problem getting into and out of the passenger seat.
- Mechanically sound and reliable.
- Good entry 80's classic :)
A total of 370,168 Fieros of all types were sold over the course of five years.
The Fiero challenged US citizens to re-think everything about American cars. It was mid-engined. It had a small displacement 2.8L V6. The handling was darty. The diving position was not meant for hanging your arm out the window and ashing your Winston Salem. Keep both hands on the wheel! You need them to turn because there is no power steering. The Fiero was a love letter to small American back-roads.
Rare in New Zealand and a great alternative to an MR2 or the likes...all this car needs now is a new owner to use it, enjoy it and to love it. You perhaps?
Car will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.
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