Custom Droptop: 1984 Pontiac Fiero Roadster – NOW $9,950

Jan 2022 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

January 23, 2022 Update – We noticed the seller just lowered their asking price from the original ask of $10,500 to $9,950.

The Pontiac Fiero is one of those cars that had the potential to be so much better than it was. GM has a history of pulling the plug on models when they’re just hitting their stride, and the V6-powered Fiero GT is a perfect example of this. But today we’re talking about models the General never even made in the form of a custom Pontiac Fiero Roadster listed this week here on Craigslist in Kinston, North Carolina (Raleigh) as part of a larger collection of mid-engine Pontiacs with a revised firm price of $9,950 (the original ask was $10,500). Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool doesn’t really tell us much as the seller’s car is a true one-off, but for conversation’s sake, a standard-issue 1984 Fiero in Concours condition is valued at $7,900. If you are serious about buying this Fiero roadster, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller here.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw his convertible featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

The world of aftermarket convertible conversions seemingly peaked in the 1980s. Major OEMs were regularly shipping their marquee vehicles, primarily sports and luxury models, to aftermarket service providers to lop the roof off and fit a typically awkward-looking soft top. I don’t claim to have a crystal ball into understanding why this was a thing, but given how expensive cars like the ASC McLaren were when sold new, I will never quite understand from a business standpoint how it ever made sense. Regardless, there was likely some level of consumer pressure behind it otherwise we wouldn’t have seen the likes of Toyota and Ford both selling droptops like the aforementioned Mercury Capri McLaren and the rare-as-heck Celica convertible.

The MotorWeek Retro Review Channel features the original review of the Pontiac Fiero line when the car launched in 1984:

The seller is listing a whole fleet of Fieros on behalf of his dad, who seems like quite the collector. While he calls the Fiero a convertible, the fact this car only comes with a removable top has us labeling it as a Roadster. The 1984 Roadster is the only one in the bunch with a removable roof, and the seller claims it was done to a very high-level many years ago. Based on the photos, I’m inclined to agree as it doesn’t look like an amateur hour; rather, it appears that the conversion was well-executed. The side profile with the top removed looks particularly racy, definitely akin to being a Baby Corvette. Normally, I don’t love the rear spoiler on these cars, but with the roof down it looks like it absolutely belongs there. The seller claims the Fiero hasn’t seen much road time lately, last being driven on the interstate twelve years ago. It still presents well despite its months of inactivity, and the seller claims it is regularly fired up to keep fluids moving. The Fiero is the preferred five-speed variety, and while the seller claims it is “…priced at the bottom of what it is worth,” I question how it is possible to determine the value of a one-off car. What do you think it should sell for?

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1984 Pontiac Fiero 4 cylinder w/ 5-speed custom-built convertible.

Selling my father’s collection of Pontiac Fiero classics. This is one of several in great condition.

Complete custom-built convertible. One of a kind, very meticulously done, and a very nice car. Pontiac did not produce a convertible Fiero. Comes with a custom-built fixed convertible top – lift-off top, not a folding top. Looks much, much better than the purchased convertible kits with a folding top. All body panels converted to late model Fiero GT panels.
Car was last driven on the highway about a dozen years ago. Regularly cranked and moved to keep mechanicals in good working order. Everything works. This vehicle is in very good condition.

This is a piece of GM history, as the Pontiac Fiero represents the first mid-engine vehicle produced by an American manufacturer. The fuel-injected 4 cylinder with 5-speed transmission makes it a blast to drive, all while getting great fuel economy. The stark white paint and tan interior are in good condition and show as a great color combination.

Price is $10,500 – firm. Not a car dealer. The car is priced at the bottom of what it is worth.

Note on odometer reading: the reading listed in this post is 125,000 – this is the odometer from the original donor car, but does not represent the mileage on the engine/drivetrain used in the project. The engine is complete and runs well, but I do not have a firm reading on the original miles on the drivetrain.

Car is sold as-is, where-is. No warranty is expressed or implied. No shipping is included with sale as listed. Can assist with transport for a separate fee.
This vehicle is listed for sale locally, owner reserves the right to cancel this posting at any time.

If you would like additional information, or prefer a different Pontiac Fiero in similar condition, please contact seller. Seller has a multitude of Fiero parts for sale separately. Potential buyers are welcome to visit for inspection.”

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