35-Year Ownership: 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M6

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May 24, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Rides Still Available Page.”  Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box.

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 211, a 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M6, in an online reserve-price auction, on behalf of the father of the second owner for 35 years.

Bidding opened Wednesday, May 3, 2023, and continues through 6:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

This 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M6 resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. American bidders, we encourage you to bid as we have experience helping buyers import vintage Canadian rides into the U.S.

The Deets

Year: 1986
Make: Pontiac
Model: Fiero SE 2M6
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Mileage: 118,208 (197,013 KM)
VIN: 1G2PF3798GP246061
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Gray Cloth
Engine: 140HP 2.8 liter MPFI V6
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

Current High Bid = $400

For many years, Pontiac management at General Motors (“GM”) longed for a two-seat sports car. Unfortunately, GM management always squashed the idea out of fear such a car would cannibalize sales from Chevrolet’s Corvette.  The original Pontiac Firebird, developed in the 1960s, was the first example of this.  Fast forward to the late 1970s, and Pontiac engineers became more savvy.  They pitched the mid-engine Fiero concept to GM’s top brass as a fuel-efficient four-cylinder “commuter car” that just happened to have two seats rather than a muscle car. When the engineers returned a running prototype (based heavily on “X” powertrain and suspension parts already in production) in less than six months, it was given the green light for production and first launched for the 1984 model year. Despite mixed reviews, the 1984 Fiero launch was a huge sales success for Pontiac.

While Fieros relied heavily on GM’s vast production parts bin, the mid-engine layout made the car the first mid-engine production car for an American manufacturer.  The Fiero’s real claim to fame was its revolutionary six-hundred-pound space frame design. It consisted of six modules and 280 galvanized high-strength steel stampings joined by 3,800 welds.  The Fieros unstressed body panels were then bolted to the space frame.  One party trick this design offers is the ability to drive a Fiero legally with no body panels in place.  Rigid Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) was used on the roof, the front and rear decklids, the headlamp doors, and the upper rear quarter panels. Reinforced Reaction Injection Molded (RRIM) plastic formed the doors, front fenders, and lower rear quarters due to its superior dent resistance, while Reaction Injected Molded (RIM) polyurethane made up the flexible bumper covers.

For the 1986 model year, Pontiac launched several improvements along with a new trim level.  The previous year’s GT became the 1986 SE as the 1986 GT received a new fastback body style.  Standard wheels increased to 14-inch diameter units, and the SE received the GT’s aerodynamic front end and rear spoiler. Stereo speakers, originally mounted in the seat headrests, were now mounted in the sail panels. Besides color changes,  the clutch’s hydraulic system on manual transmission models featured redesigned master and slave cylinders, while the optional air conditioner featured a lighter compressor and condenser.

The 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE offered here features 35-year family ownership of an unmodified original car equipped with a four-speed manual transmission, tilt steering wheel, cruise control , factory sunroof, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, full gages, AM/FM cassette with equalizer AM stereo radio.

The seller of the car is the father of the second owner. His daughter bought this 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE in 1988 as an off-lease example with only 32K miles (52K Kilometers). His daughter proceeded to use her Fiero as a daily driver through 1997.  She loved that car and did a very good job of having it professionally maintained, and she still has the maintenance records. She had a daughter of her own in 1997, and the Fiero is not a kid-friendly car, so she planned to sell it. At the time, the father thought, “How many plastic-bodied, two-seat, mid-engine, American-designed and built cars that actually went into production for a mere four years are out there? ” Thinking Fieros would only go up in value, he advised his daughter to hold on to the car.

Fast forward twenty-five years to 2022, and the father trailered the car back to his home garage to start an extensive cleanup. First, he completed a major top side, undercarriage, and engine bay pressure wash. Next, the engine and trans oils were drained, flushed, and refilled, with a couple of squirts of oil in each cylinder and turned over by hand quite easily.  The father added a new battery, fuel pump, O2 sensor, and idle air control before it would start. After about 15 minutes of run time, the father completed another oil and filter change. With the car running again,  the father proceeded to detail the Fiero.

He removed all the inner fender liners, bumpers and energy absorbers, trim, side moldings, door handles, inner door panels, etc for cleaning. The car was given a fresh coat of black enamel paint while everything was apart. All new rivets, screws, molding clips, and fasteners were used for reinstallation.  Next was to make sure it was driveable.  The father completely rebuilt the brake system.  He has since driven the Fiero approximately fifty miles, and on every trip, it seems to run a bit better, some of the old sensors and injectors seem to be waking up. The speedometer was working when it was on jack stands but has since stopped working, although the trip meter, odometer, and cruise control are all working. I also did a 3rd oil and filter change at 30 miles.  The car also sports a fresh set of Michelin X-one tires.

The seller reports the following things need to be done to his daughter’s 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE:

-needs a wheel alignment
– speedometer meter movement not working, although trip, odometer and cruise control are working normally
-charging system works fine but might need an alternator bearing
-driver side power mirror not working and has a crack
-rack and pinion outboard plastic bushings are worn and should be replaced with brass bushings.
-left turn signal light does not cancel
– dashboard corners are damaged on both sides. (Note: the Fiero store has new dashboards available)
-console bottom has been repaired
-driver’s seat  shows wear and crack/missing piping
-drivers seat adjusting plastic cover is missing
-Interior upper headliner edge moldings have slipped downwards, causing a gap at the dashboard on both sides.
-windshield has a small pit that may or may not spread.
-driver’s door window has scratches from deteriorated OEM window sweep.
– nonstandard window sweeps. I could not locate any original-style window sweeps. These can easily be returned to their original should replacements become available. 

Here is a complimentary CarFax® for this 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE confirming the two-person ownership and the fact that this car has never been in an accident. To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

35-Year Ownership: 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M6

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing you with access to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales year-to-date. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

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If you have any questions about this 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE, please comment below or call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking, and happy bidding!

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