December 1st Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330.
We first found this 1984 Pontiac Fiero pop-up in July 2019 on Craigslist in Guilford, Connecticut late Sunday night and decided to feature it as part of Malaise Monday. The private seller currently has their Fiero SE priced at $4,200, which is $500 more than the #3 “Good” level of $4,200 listed on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool.
While American car manufacturers were starting to come out of the Malaise Era in 1984, the original Pontiac Fiero represents a melting pot of the new forward thinking with that of the old. Pontiac desperately wanted to market a sporty, mid-engined two seat car in their line-up however the only way they could get the project approved by GM’s “bean counters” was to sell it internally as an economical commuter car. Consequently, while the Fiero’s space frame with non-structural plastic body panels was quite revolutionary at the time, the use of the venerable 151 cubic inch “Iron Duke” four cylinder inline four combined with suspension parts straight from GM’s X-body (think Chevy Citation) made the driving experience anything but sporty when the car launched. While first-year sales of the stylish new car were brisk that first year, the underwhelming performance combined with a propensity for engine compartment fires combined to have sales fall off so quickly that Pontiac killed the Fiero by 1988.
The private seller provides the following simple description of their Fiero: “1984 Pontiac Fiero SE. Red, 2.5L, 4cyl, 4 speed manual. Has 83,600 miles, sunroof, power windows, power locks, luggage rack, speakers in headrest, am/fm radio with CD player, updated seats, mats, and headliner. Many spare parts available. Runs well.”
This Fiero appears to be a nice, unmodified, and well-optioned survivor that will gain you admission to any Radwood event for a very reasonable amount of money. Good luck with the purchase!