Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I saw this car in Kitchener, Ontario.
Does anybody remember that in the 1980's GM made two different two-seat sports cars? The Corvette, ofcourse, and the Pontiac Fiero...
Because of the oil crisis of 1979 caused by the Iranian revolution, General Motors saw the need to build a fuel efficient car that was fun to drive for people who'd spend a lot of time commuting by themselves. This was definitely not a vehicle that you could car pool in!
The Fiero was also unusual because it was an American car with a mid-engine, meaning the power plant was almost right behind the driver. It was certainly a unique car!
The Fiero pictured is a GT model. While the original came with a 4-cylinder engine, these had V-6's. The GT also looks sleeker than the base version which was boxy in design.
While the Fiero outsold its main competitor, the Toyota MR2, and also made a small profit for Pontiac, GM killed the car line in 1988. At the time there were manyFieros around and they were incurring a bad name for quality and durability issues. Today, however, they are an interesting collectible!
1984 Commercial for the original Fiero...