Saturday, January 24, 2015

5k: Corvette Power: 1987 Pontiac Fiero V8

The Pontiac Fiero started life as a pretty crappy car, but got a little bit better each year.  In the first year of production (1984) it was powered by the anemic iron duke 4-banger, but the following year a healthy V6 joined the ranks.  In 1986 the handsome fastback (sailback) GT was added, and a 5-speed manual replaced the earlier car's 4-speed.  1988 saw the introduction of a revised suspension setup that finally gave the mid-engined coupe proper handling...and then...just when things were getting interesting...the Fiero was killed.  Find this 1987 Fiero GM V8 Swap offered for $5,500 in Lincoln, NE via craigslist.

It wasn't the first of GM's platforms to get unceremoniously axed just when it was properly sorted (Corvair, G8, Solstice/Sky, Eldorado, Cosworth Vega, Alero (yeah, the Alero -- an Oldsmobile rental car that didn't handle like a rental car), Allante, etc) and it won't be the last.  It was the only mid-engined production vehicle to come from General Motors and the only affordable mid-engine car to come from any US OEM.

This Fiero has a 350 cubic inch small block Chevy V8 mounted transversely in the original engine compartment, a tight squeeze that will require minor repositioning of the accessories, and some Tom Brady football style deflation.  The 300+ horsepower and 300+ ft-lbs of torque will be a welcome addition to the Fiero.

The interior of a Fiero features more plastic than a Manhattan Beach nightclub, but stuff seems to last for decades if you keep it out of the sun. 

See a better way to get a mid-engine Corvette before they start to make em?


  1. This would be a blast. Hope the drivetrain can hold up to all that extra power!

  2. My one, only and last new car purchase was an 87 SE. I don't agree for one moment that this was a bad car, based on my personal experience and everybody I know that owned one. The fire issue was the result of negligent owners and the bad rap is just a bandwagon folks who are not in the know love to jump on. I ended up putting a Northstar in mine and it was an absolute riot. The only real problem with the Fiero was engine access, which was admittedly difficult. These are fantastic cars, great to drive with the 88 or an upgraded suspension and deserve far better.


  3. I should elaborate: the Fiero was not a bad car for the day. It can't be compared to more modern cars...because that would require a time machine.


  4. Anyone else concerned about the oil spots in the driveway?

    1. Drips from its pre-photo shoot wash.


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