Monday, December 3, 2012

5k: 1984 Pontiac Fiero w/3.8 V6 Supercharged

The name Fiero means proud in Italian (not flammable like we were told many years ago) or ferocious in Spanish - neither of which apply particularly well to a stock Fiero.  Still, it was nice to see General Motors attempt to keep up with the Japanese by building a mid-engined sports-car for the masses and we have to applaud the effort.  The Fiero would be a much better car with a more meaty lump shoved into the back and that is exactly what the seller of this 1984 Pontiac Fiero with 3.8 liter supercharged V6 did, and it was being sold on ebay, but failed to meet the reserve at $4,450 - but expect this to come back to ebay with a more realistic reserve.

Produced from 1984-1988 the Pontiac Fiero actually had quite a bit of positives going for it - it was mid engined and used a advanced plastic body on frame design.  It was available as a notchback and fastback body styles, the later called the GT, but we like the look of the notchback for its quirkiness. 

 The original 2.5 liter 4 cylinder "Tech IV" engine was removed and a 3.8 liter supercharged V6 from a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP that puts 240 horsepower into the stock Fiero 4-speed manual transmission.  That is double the original power, an 'OEM' swap that tends to keep purists happy and should transform the 2600 lb Fiero into something much more ferocious. 

 The red paint looks good on this Fiero and original wheels finish a stock look - no one will expect this little Fiero to be quick.  But, if you do like your Fiero's stock and rare..then you may want to consider this 1984 Fiero Indy 500 Pace Car Edition instead, offered on ebay for $1750 buy-it-now.

The Indy 500 Pace Car edition didn't add anything other than a few stickers and a few front/rear fascia, and it was limited to only the 2.5 liter Tech IV powered Fiero's.  Combine the Tech IV power with an automatic transmission and a hideous white interior and you will understand why this one is being offered for less than $2k USD. 

Send us links to Fiero's with engine swaps - no stockers please!


  1. I would love to drive this car to see what 240 horses in a fiero feels like. Also, I like the idea of a blown V-6 swap. If I were to take on such an ambitious project, I would want it to end up like this. Clean and unmolested-looking. Kudos to the creator.

  2. Cool swap and clean look, but it seems unfinished without upgrading the suspension and brakes, which were barely adequate on the 2M4 cars.

    The Indy pace car interior is so hilarious it's almost worth the price. I had an '86 Celebrity with the same drivetrain...better bearings didn't make much difference. It was still a horrible, pinking boat anchor.

  3. V8 Archie is a hack who built junk. That's why he went bankrupt


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