1984 Pontiac Fiero SE 42K Mile Survivor – Sold?
October 31, 2021 Update – Despite repeated attempts by both us and one of our very interested readers, the private seller of this Fiero never returned our calls. That combined with the fact the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
As an aspiring college student living in the Buffalo, NY area in the early 1980s, I can attest that the “It” new car to have in the summer of 1984 was Pontiac’s new mid-engine Fiero. Initially only available in red or white, it didn’t take long for Pontiac to fill the streets with 1984 Pontiac Fiero SEs such as this 41,560-mile survivor example originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Cheektowaga, New York (Buffalo) for $6,500. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Fiero priced between the #3 “Good” estimate of $3,700 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $6,700.
While American car manufacturers were starting to come out of the Malaise Era by 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.
Here’s MotorWeek’s original review of the launch edition Pontiac Fiero from 1984:
Fully sorted and well optioned, if you’re like me and couldn’t afford an ’84 Fiero when new, this example is an opportunity is your next best opportunity to buy an experience one.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1984 Pontiac Fiero SE
Inside and outside in amazing like-new condition.
Very Low Miles, 41,500
Automatic transmission with
Every available option.
Has the original window sticker, car manual, and two sets of GM keys. All belts, hoses, gaskets, spark plugs and wires, plus fuel filter O2 sensor and more have been professionally done by K-S automotive. Beautiful car all around. Asking $6,500. Or Reasonable Offer.”
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