Wednesday, February 7, 2018

So Many Pipes: 1986 Pontiac Fiero Ferrari Kit

The trick to pulling off a kit-car version of a Ferrari is to make something that is so obviously not a Ferrari that it is cool, or something that looks the part to fool 99% of the drivers on the road...this next car does a decent job of the latter, but you're gonna spend beaucoup bucks on chrome exhaust tip polish.  Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero offered for $14,500 in Stockton, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

This is an amazing Ferrari 308 replica kit car that is a must-see. It is fun to drive, reliable and a real head-turner. It is based on a 1986 Pontiac Fiero. (Scroll down for list of features and recent repairs.)

The car is registered with the DMV as a special construction vehicle with SB-100 certification. SB-100 certification means that it is smog exempt forever. The special construction vehicle classification means that you can insure the vehicle for whatever amount you like. Most insurance companies would not insure a 1986 Pontiac Fiero for more than a few thousand dollars but the car is worth a lot more than that. If you want full coverage insurance to protect all of the car's assets, the special construction vehicle registration declares that the car is not a Pontiac Fiero but a custom-built car with more value than the base vehicle.

The Original owner's manual is included as well as all the original accessories (jack, jack handle, tire iron and spare tire). The headliner and sun visors were recently reupholstered with gray micro-suede. The work was professionally done by Sardo Custom Upholstery in Pasadena, CA. Everything in the car works except the air conditioning and power windows. AC will need a new compressor unit and possibly other components. Personally, I just like to roll down the windows and remove the sun roof during the summer but if you want to repair the AC unit, it should be easy to do. The power mirrors are not connected at the moment. They will need a new controller switch installed in the center console. The power window switch is a hard-to-find item though. It may be available on or at some point in the future but it is currently a discontinued item. You may need to get one from a junkyard as they are even extremely rare to find on eBay. If you are good at making things, you may be able to produce your own switch mechanism or modify one from another vehicle.

-2.8 liter fuel-injected V-6
-Four speed manual transmission
-Sun roof
-Custom European-designed leather interior (professionally installed by A.J.'s Upholstery)
-Genuine VDO gauges (new)
-Short shifter
-Mitsubishi Starion seats (2006)
-Awesome stereo with four drivers, two tweeters, two 12" subwoofers and two amps
-Auto alarm with available accessory control
-Remote door locks
-Power windows
-Trickle charger
-Auto-dimming rear view mirror
-Backup camera/dash-cam
-Door hinge pins were recently changed to ensure smooth operation of both doors
-Custom deck lid vents and louver vents
-Grant steering wheel
-New fuel injectors (6)
-New clutch
-New tires
-New interior carpet
-New muffler and exhaust system with four dual exhaust tips
-New ignition cables
-New alternator
-New battery
-New starter
-New ignition coil
-New fuel sending unit
-New fuel pump
-New water pump
-New radiator cap, thermostat and thermostat cap
-New radiator hoses
-New motor mounts
-New power window, headlight, deck lid release and rear window defrost switches
-Recent radiator flush and treatment
-All lights and all functions (except air conditioning and power mirrors) work perfectly, including the horn
-No leaking fluids!

Stereo System (all components were professionally installed by A.T.'s Upholstery in Los Angeles, CA)
-Alpine deck- MP3-compatible with HD Radio and Pandora
-6" Focal drivers (in the doors)
-12" subwoofers (behind passenger seat and under floor)
-Focal tweeters (in windshield posts)
-Alpine and JL Audio amps

-Al & Ed's Autosound
-A.T.'s Upholstery
-Fiero Store
-Pennock Fiero Forum
-Pontiac Owners Forum
-Rodney Dickman
-Sardo Custom Upholstery
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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  1. The hidden jewel in this ad, for me, is the little yellow "shift now" arrow on the tach. It has been dialed in at a very Ferrrrrarri-like 4,200 rpm. "Nobody, over-revs my baby!"

  2. Well, you could look at it this way: compared to the real thing, the $20K you save on the next 30,000 mile service visit more than pays for this copy. Oh, and then you also could afford to have 4 of those exhaust tips removed.

    1. Yeah, this is a seriously tipsy car.

      Agree about the service. Who designs a car that you need to drop the engine to change the oil?

      Right. Ferrari.

      -Stan (who loves the lines of the 308/328...and watches old Magnum PI reruns...)

  3. imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
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  4. Guess what? I got a fever, and the only prescription ... is more exhaust tips.

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    2. Timothy Leary says thanks for the Mellon dollars and stay at Millbrook and here is a small token of my appreciation.

  5. Why oh why do folks ask crazy prices for replicas? A smart person will buy a stock Fiero for half the price, and at half the price, the stock Fiero will have working power windows and working A/C.

  6. I've been to churches where the organs have less pipes than this car!

  7. I got a tip for you...



    You've got lots o' tips.

    Well alrighty then. Carry on...

    -Stan (the *other* Stan...)

    1. PS. Too bad it's not a MERA (one of only 247 made, one of the rarest, most collectible American cars).

      PPS. Too bad it's not an '88 (completely re-worked suspension, a totally different car)

      PPPS. Please don't ask me how I know all of this.

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