Wednesday, July 14, 2010

1986 Pontiac Fiero "Concept" Car

I've been looking at this for a couple of days now, trying to figure out what to write about it.

I don't really know what this is, but I know what it's probably not. It's probably not a "concept car" in the traditional sense of the term. Manufacturers rarely, if ever, build 12 of the same concept car and concept cars almost never make it into the hands of the public. (OK, up until the early 1960s a very few would occasionally slip out of the design studio and wind up in the garages of automotive executives. By the time this one was built the liability concerns and stricter titling laws made even that impossible to happen.)

This is most likely (almost certainly) some sort of Fiero "kit". Maybe is was someones "concept" of where GM should have taken the Fiero's styling. Maybe someone designed it hoping GM would buy the design. I really don't know.

Whatever it is, GM should have taken notice of it.

From certain angles it sort of looks a like a Pontiac-Firebird-meets-a-Lancia-Stratos mashup. Somehow, it all works. It works really well.

There's not much else I can write about this car. The drive train and interior are pure Fiero. Being based on a 1986 Fiero, it has the early Chevette upfront / Citation in back suspension and the 2.8 liter V6 . Building this on a 1988 platform, with the newer style suspension, would have made it a lot more fun to drive. A V8 would have made it insanely fun to drive. A car with looks like this deserves a suspension and drive train to go along with those looks.

This is a really cool looking car. Had it, or something like it, actually been built by Pontiac it most likely would have been a hit. I'd love to know its history, who designed it and who built it. I've e-mailed the seller. I'll pass along the info, if and when he gets back to me.

Located in Santa Fe, NM, click here to see the eBay listing.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's NOT a kit! I saw it & talked to the owner today in Las Cruces & it was in Santa fe. It's a documented actual "concept car" built by GM. You can see by the pictures it's sharp. There were three originals, white, black & red but the black one was probably demolished per the owner I talked to this morning.

Anonymous said...

If there is any way I could possibly get in contact with it's owner, I will buy this car. Please, email me at dakko5@gmail.com