Final Year Build: 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT – $12,500

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One would think that a mid-engined sports car with a V6 mounted behind the driver’s head would have little trouble becoming an instant classic, but the Pontiac Fiero is here to say otherwise. If there was ever an under-appreciated model, this is it, especially in final year form like this 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT listed here on Craigslist in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with just under 70,000 miles and all the right equipment for $12,500. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his final year Fiero priced fairly, as a car in “Excellent” condition is valued at $15,900.  If you are serious about buying this nicely optioned Fiero GT, you can start the conversation by either calling or texting Paul at (919) 880-4742 or emailing him here.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw his Fiero featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

GM has been known for a lot of things, but one of the less desirable qualities is its incredible consistency in killing a model at the exact moment they get it right. Take the Fiero, for instance: when the mid-engined coupe was introduced, Pontiac equipped it with perhaps the most soul-sucking, joy-killing engine ever made, the Iron Duke. Why, when you are building a car to be both engaging to drive and somewhat thrifty, would you choose an engine that doesn’t inspire drivers to make excuses for going for a drive, but instead find reasons why they should just stay home, or take the bus. Pontiac did at least take this feedback to heart, along with concerns about ride quality and handling, and began making improvements. In 1988, the available Formula model addressed suspension tuning by integrating the WS6 suspension package, while the GT addressed both lack of handling and power by dropping in a 2.8L V6 along with the WS6 equipment, finally realizing the potential that the design had all along. Alas, it was too little, too late, and the Fiero was terminated that same year as sales plummeted after months of bad press and customer complaints.

Despite the less than stellar history, the good news is that the 1988 models were genuinely competent cars. The seller’s example is the preferred GT, which also benefits from the revised body design with smoother edges, staggered mesh wheels, revised taillight panel, a rear spoiler, and quad tailpipes. The seller’s car has just under 70,000 miles and sports the rare T-top roof option from the factory. In fact, the seller did some research to confirm that his car is one of just 614 GT models configured this way. Of course, the rest of the car looks quite good as well, with minty cosmetics and a spotless interior that features functional air conditioning. The seller claims his car is one of the best ones left, and with the rare T-top roof panel factored in, it may also be one of the rarest. Good luck with the purchase if you decide to take home this final-year Fiero GT.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is the last and best year of the Fiero. This was the only year with the better updated suspension and T-tops as a dealer option. This is one of 614 Gt’s that has that option. So it is a rare car. Car is in excellent shape in and out. Interior is about perfect for a 33 year old car. Only issue there would be headliner is starting to sag a little. Exterior is very nice also. It does have a few small imperfections (chips) here and there, but nothing major at all. Paint shines great and the car gets looks and compliments everywhere. Drivetrain is good, with only 68,900 original miles since new. I have the original radio, side vent, and a couple other things to go with it. A/C works. All the gauges work. There is no electrical gremlins or drains of any kind on the battery. This is one of the nicest examples out there in my opinion. Any questions feel free to ask. Thanks

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  1. EDWARD DUBEAU

    I had a black 1986 Fiero GT that was a blast to drive. Unfortunately it had all those leftover parts (potentially even from the Chevette) and the clutch was akin to shifting a Mack truck. But as a first model year for the GT – it was a looker.

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