Fiero means ""Very Proud"" in Italian. And Pontiac should be proud of this car. Why did they stop making it? It's a fun to drive, mid-engine sports car, built right here in America! Pontiac's slogan at the time was, ""We build excitement""! And this dialed-in, incredibly well-preserved/maintained 1988 Fiero GT V6 has it in spades. Don't let the miles fool you, this baby has had a ton of work done to it through the years and even dominated at the O'Reilly .....
AutoRama car show in Dallas the last three years. If you're looking for one of the nicest, final-year Fieros on the market, they don't get much better than this.
The body of this car was groundbreaking. It was light, made of Sheet Molded Composite, or SMC, that resists dents and dings, and would reappear later on Saturns. The aero bodywork of this model was initially developed for the special edition 1984 Indy Pace car, and then produced from '85-'88 as a GT without the Pace Car stickers, culminating with this final-year 1988 example. This one is presented in an uber-desirable shade of red (it's actually Hellrot Red, a slightly different shade than the factory-original Code 81 Bright Red) that covers both the body and the GT aero body-kit treatments, which is considerably slicker than the usual silver paint found on the bottom portion of factory GTs. A sharp, gloss-black stripe starts at the front fenders and encircles the body, matching the blacked-out side mirrors and side air vents, providing a striking contrast against that bright red finish that really works great. That two-tone look is further enhanced by the blacked-out B-pillar separating the side glass, all the glossy trim around the windows, and my personal favorite " the killer smoked taillight section out back. The front of the car reaches low for the ground with fog lights tucked into the molded front bumper, and hideaway HID headlights roll back into the hood while not in use. Rocker panel extensions help keep air from getting under the car at speed, a big spoiler pushes air down onto the car, and a rear diffuser with quad tailpipes gets the air out while minimizing drag. Thanks to a comprehensive repaint finished approximately 7 years ago, the finish shows very well " smooth to the touch, miles deep with a wonderful luster, and a only a couple very minor demerits to report. As fresh as it looks, you'll never guess the repaint is 7 years old, and the bottom line, it's a top driver-quality coupe with LOADS of curb appeal. Subtle GT badges let everyone know what time it is, there's a power bulge on the rear engine lid making room for that V6, and the car sits on blacked-out wire wheels that look fantastic. There's a reason these cars have such a strong, cult following, and an example like this is bound to get the enthusiasts stirred up.
Open the door and you will find a nicely optioned, two-tone, black-and-tan vinyl interior that is neat and clean, and in very good condition. Have a seat in the contoured ""Mr. Mike's"" buckets wrapped in gorgeous patterns and punctuated with Fiero logos in the seatbacks, both of which are super comfortable and supportive, while still being sporty and bolstered enough to keep you in place around sharp corners. Rest your arms comfortably on the full-length center console and the well-placed arm rest on the matching door panels that have been neatly stitched to match. The leather wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel feels great in your hands, with the sporty factory gauge cluster that features a speedo, tach, and auxiliary units easily visible through it. Options include power windows, locks, mirrors, tilt, cruise and cold R134a A/C that's been fully serviced and upgraded for your comfort and convenience. The center console adds storage, houses the 5-speed manual shifter that's been stitched with new leather, and leads into the center stack of the dash where the original AM/FM/CD stereo, A/C vents, and a pair of factory auxiliary gauges are still in place. A taut headliner above and thick carpets below insulate the cabin, and a set of Fiero floormats finish off this gorgeous, stock-spec GT 2-seater.
Pop the hood, (the one behind the seats), and you will find a fuel injected, 2.8-liter, 60-degree V6, that pumps out a factory-rated 135 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque. This engine addressed the complaints of anemic power from the 4-cylinder engine the Fiero was first introduced with, and makes this light little car pretty darn fast with the help of quick throttle response and it's lightweight body. Even the 4-cylinder cars were praised for their handling capabilities, and Pontiac upped the game with the 1988 GT by re-tuning the suspension with a revised geometry, heavier spring rates, re-valved shocks, and more suspension travel. In fact, the 1988 Fiero GT suspension bore a striking resemblance to those designed by Lotus (many people even call these the Lotus Fieros), with revised controls arms and knuckles up front to reduce steering effort and improve the scrub radius, and a lively tri-link set-up out back. The engine bay is gorgeous, featuring a newly powder-coated plenum and valve covers, and there are brand new seals, gaskets, belts everywhere you look, showing off years of conscientious maintenance and care. The injectors are new, the brakes are new, and the clutch is new, which means this little red rocket is ready for the road today. A desirable 5-speed manual shifts smoothly, power 4-wheel discs stop it on a dime, and those flashy wheels were completely redone and wrapped in grippy 205/60/15 front and 215/60/15 rear radials.
If you want a dialed-in Fiero GT, loaded with the very best Pontiac had to offer, then this beautifully preserved and maintained 1988 GT doesn't have many equals. Slick modern classics like this don't last long, so call today!