Worth What? 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 3,634 Mile Barn Find – SOLD!

by | Jun 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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July 14, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “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.

A story under every hood. That is one of the GuysWithRides tag lines.  With only 3,634 original miles, this Gold over tan 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 for sale, first spotted on Craigslist near Pittsburgh in June 2023, must have an interesting story. The seller reports their Fiero sat in a storage unit for 35 years and has the dust and cobwebs to prove it on the outside.  That suggests the car was first stored in 1988, which means the owner at that point had only driven their Fiero less than two thousand miles annually.

Having listed the car for one dollar, the seller is looking for offers.  So the question is, what would you offer for what is essentially a 37-year-old new car? Despite the low mileage, the car likely needs brake and complete fluid flush. It is unclear from the seller’s brief description whether their 1986 Pontiac Fiero for sale even runs.

Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for all Pontiac Fieros produced between 1984 and 1988.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the Fiero featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $11,650 before making adjustments for options and powertrain.  Given the extremely low mileage, that value is likely a good benchmark to start negotiations.

The 1986 Pontiac Fiero was a two-seat, mid-engined coupe produced by Pontiac. The General Motors division produced the Fiero from 1984 to 1988. The 2M6 designation referred to the car’s two seats and mid-engine, six-cylinder configuration.

The Fiero 2M6 had a sleek and aerodynamic design characterized by its low-slung profile and angular body lines. It featured a lightweight body constructed mainly from composite materials, including a space frame with fiberglass panels. The car had a wedge-shaped front end with pop-up headlights, a sloping rear window, and a fastback-style rear end. The overall appearance was sporty and modern, with a hint of exotic car styling.

As the name suggests, the 2M6 was equipped with a mid-mounted engine, positioned just behind the seats. The 1986 model year offered an optional 2.8-liter V6 engine, delivering 140 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The engine was paired with either a 4-speed manual transmission or an optional 3-speed automatic transmission. The mid-engine layout provided balanced weight distribution, enhancing the car’s handling and overall performance.

Inside the Fiero 2M6, the driver and passenger were seated relatively low, emphasizing the car’s sporty nature. The interior had a driver-focused layout with a wraparound cockpit design. The seats were contoured and offered good support during spirited driving. The dashboard featured a digital instrument cluster, which was a modern touch for the time. Other interior features included power windows, air conditioning, and a four-speaker sound system.

Despite its promising mid-engine configuration, the reliance on more pedestrian GM economy cars (read X-Body/Citation) underpinnings meant the Fiero’s steering and handling was more sporty than sports car. The car had a fully independent suspension, with MacPherson struts in the front and a rear coil spring setup. This setup, combined with a rear sway bar, provided responsive handling and a firm yet comfortable ride.

In terms of safety, the 1986 Fiero 2M6 featured front disc brakes and rear drum brakes for reliable stopping power. It also had a rack-and-pinion steering system for precise handling response. However, it lacked some modern safety features, such as airbags, which were not yet standard in many vehicles of that era.

The Pontiac Fiero was an innovative and unique car that garnered attention during its production years. While it had its shortcomings, such as the early model’s reputation for engine fires (addressed and resolved in later years), the Fiero’s mid-engine layout, affordable price, and distinct styling made it popular among enthusiasts. Today, the Fiero has a dedicated following, with many owners and clubs keeping the spirit of the car alive through preservation and modifications.

The ewjxn YouTube Channel features this 1986 commercial pitching the 1986 Fiero GT:

If you’re like me and really wanted a Fiero when they were new but couldn’t afford it, this 3,236-mile 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 for sale might be the car for you. If only it were equipped with a manual transmission – we would be tempted to pull the trigger on this example.

If you are serious about buying this Fiero, you can start the conversation by using the contact information the seller provides in the Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Pontiac Barn Find featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Had been in storage unit for 35 years…actual mileage…looking for offers…yes mileage is correct…3,634

Show or go: What would you do with this 3,634-mile 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

  1. Worth What? 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 3,634 Mile Barn Find – SOLD!

    I’d actually like to have one of the later models, however as to this one, while it may be a low mileage “barn find”, there are several negatives:
    1. Auto transmission.
    2. Early models had the electrical glitches.
    3. While it is low mileage, it was obviously parked and ignored. Did they really think an automatic gold on tan unit was worth saving, or was there something wrong when it was parked ?
    4. If the party listing it for sale doesn’t have enough sense or initiative to hose it off for at least one clean picture, I would bet they didn’t do anything other than drop in a new battery and crank it up. Engine compartment shows no signs of anyone doing any checking on anything. It might be running now, but if it was cranked with coagulated oil, and whatever was left in the radiator after 35 years,

    • Worth What? 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 3,634 Mile Barn Find – SOLD!

      All great points. The likely reason they didn’t rinse it as to show the 35 years of dust. That’s the hot thing to do with Barn Finds these days. i.e., show them exactly as they were found.

    • Worth What? 1986 Pontiac Fiero 2M6 3,634 Mile Barn Find – SOLD!

      For a barn find it has pretty decent tires figured they would be flat unless replaced, the cleanest part of the car, can’t exclude a odometer discrepancy


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