[Staff, 2022-11-02 02:00:00,
If you like affordable, mid-engined two-seaters, the 1980s were your decade. Fiat (and, a bit later, Bertone) offered the X1/9, Toyota sold MR2s, and even General Motors got into the act by creating the Fiero. Available from the 1984 through 1988 model years, the Pontiac Fiero showed plenty of promise but ended up being mostly disappointing, in some ways echoing the career of the Chevy Corvair of a couple of decades earlier. Today’s Junkyard Gem is a once-spiffy 1986 Fiero GT, found in a self-service yard near Denver, Colorado.
After a long and painful development period stretching all the way back to John DeLorean’s XP-833 Banshee (which ended up being a major influence behind the original Opel GT), the Fiero finally debuted in 1983 as a 1984 model. The top-of-the-model-range GT appeared the following year.
The Fiero was built as a notchback coupe and as a fastback, with all the GTs being the latter type.
I couldn’t get the engine lid open, but this car would have left the assembly line (in Pontiac, Michigan) with a 2.8-liter V6 rated at 140 horsepower.
This car has a five-speed manual transmission, making it a credible rival for Toyota’s MR2.
The 1986 MR2 was less powerful than the Fiero GT (112 horsepower versus 140), but also scaled in significantly lighter (2,459 pounds against the Pontiac’s 2,780 pounds). The MR2 also cost less, priced at $11,298 while the Fiero GT cost $12,875 (that’s about $30,540 and $34,805, respectively, in…
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