Sunday, April 12, 2015

5k: I Sorta Like It: 1986 Pontiac Fiero Custom

The last custom Fiero featured on these pages (Spongebob Metermaid Pants) was downright horrific and others (like the V-8 Archie Feno) have been really bad implementation of a good idea.  This next feature comes from the opposite side of the spectrum and is the best possible outcome from a positively ludicrous idea.  Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Custom offered for $7,500 CAD ($5,970 USD) located in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada via kijij.ca.  Tip from JohnU.



If a friend told me that he had this totally bitchin' idea about transforming a Fiero into a Jeepesque dune buggy, I'd tell him that he needs to check the expiration date on his meds.  But somehow this mid engined dune runner pulls off a great beach buggy vibe and actually looks cool.  Cut fenders, roll tube bumpers, and gaudy wheels with too much offset are normally no-nos in the great book of acceptable automotive addendum, but they work on a dune buggy.


 The seller includes a video of the little yellow custom doing things you'd expect it to do, like backing out of a driveway and cruising down the street.  Back in the day you could build/buy something like a Meyers Manx and take it to some light off roading on the beach like you were in an Elvis movie, but I don't believe there is a single stretch of beach that allows you to hoon your custom in the US of A anymore -- having fun was a 20th century distraction, now replaced by facebook/instagram/tatoos&twitter. 


 See another strangely cool looking example of a bad idea done right? tips@dailyturismo.com

15 comments:

  1. Wow, DT is unearthing all these well-executed customs in my neck of the woods (this one, and that Porsche 944 in Nepean, ON). I wonder if there is some sort of underground cult up here, that expresses their messages by creating custom cars. They probably have a secret handshake, that can be observed if you watch carefully at local cruise nights. I will have to be more attentive, now that the snow has melted and the toys will be gathering at mall parking lots once again.

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  2. Whuzzat? Driving on the beach, you say? Well, you still can!

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/fr5Zfau.jpg[/img]

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    1. Same here in WA State.

      [img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C0U2EnG77N0/U0xxpy1BQJI/AAAAAAAAsgQ/UnvHgRNvJtQ/s1600/1050+(Custom).JPG[/img]

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  3. Make the grade!

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/AtPkM2R.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Dear Mr. Oates,

      Why are you napping on the hood of my car? And your boot is scratching the paint!

      PS Magnum wants his 'stache back.

      PPS You're still cool, despite all of that.

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    2. Bwaah ha ha !
      "Haulin' Oats"
      He he

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  4. That is two for two on my submissions! Suck it BAT!

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  5. I think now I have seen it all.

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  6. Looks like something that Kenny Powers would drive.

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    1. You can just picture La Flama Blanca towing his jet ski behind this crazy 1/2 scale looking Izuzu Amigo.

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    2. I'm just in shock that there are DTers that have seen a television show. E&D was a surprisingly good (though crude) show.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/Mnmg2kh.jpg[/img]

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  7. If not for that trim strip on the door, it would be just about impossible to tell what this started life as, unless you recognized the mirrors. Pretty cool.

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    1. ...which I did not recognize. Keen and contemplative eye, EmmyJ: I knew this began as a Fiero the instant I saw the profile but did not recognize why. That strip is pretty characteristic, if otherwise deceptively mundane.

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