• Dec 31, 2004

Yes, they never made a 1989 Pontiac Fiero but GM was pretty darn close. At this link is a few good shots of the prototype for the next-gen Fiero and after looking at it long enough, it's obvious a lot of the styling went into the fourth generation F-Body (Camaro/ Firebird). As a proud previous Fiero owner (1986 SE with the GT body package and 2.8 liter V-6. 148,000 miles and was running like a champ) and a current 4th gen Camaro owner, I see a lot that could have been if GM didn't kill the little mid-engined car just as it was getting good. I found these pictures very interesting from a historical standpoint and wanted to share them out.



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      • 10 Years Ago
      The prototype you show does not due justice to the interior of the production version of the '89. We had an prototype to drive around in Flordia where it was being designed. It was not a head turner. Most of the upgrades were internal. The car's styling wasn't all that much different from the '87 V6. There were so many mechanical problems that required immediate attention before start of production there was not enough time to fix them all, so the '89 was a no show. The production interior we designed for the '89 Fiero ended up in the Vette with a few minor changes. By the way, the same thing happened with the '83 Vette. That's right, there was no '83 Vette. The '83 was a carryover '82. The '83 was first released in '84 due to mechanical issues.
      • 10 Years Ago
      Hi Walter, great shot! Let's face it, the Fiero was ahead of its time and suffered from some of GM's notorious problems of the day including engine fires. I was a huge fan of the Fiero and was sorry it never took off. I think it also was too much competition for the Camaro/Firebird had it gained some more power, and even the Corvette in its day. GM already had to deal with the Mustang stealing customers...
      • 10 Years Ago
      Interesting, as Hulki gave a completely different view as to why the Fiero program was stopped. But then again, as he stated personally during the 20th Anniversary event, there were several reasons for the car's demise (and depending to which audience he was addressing would dictate the story told). This car is truly beautiful to see in person. I had the pleasure of seeing it during the 20th Anniversary Event. As for the prototype emblems, I have a set that appear to be from the coupe. You can see them on my personal website (www.boomtastic.com), as well as more pictures from the 20th Anniversary Event. Eric Schneck, CFOGi President www.cfogi.org
      • 10 Years Ago
      Oops, in my previous post I see that I gave the wrong address for my own club! www.midamericafieros.com. I am sorry! It's been a long day.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wish Pontiac Would have re-envented the car Instead the new one that is the 2 seater with a 4 banger up Front. Yes a V-8 was in ONE car at SEMA. Also they have orders for over 15,000 but only plan to make 7,000... SAD
      • 10 Years Ago
      Well, when I state political there were many things that contributed to the cars demise and not just one single one did it alone. All of them combind contributed. It depends on who you speak to at GM and how it effected them as to what was the problem. It was like when we lost the Space Shuttle a chunk of ice alone was not the only contributing factor. It was a combination that lead to the loss. The bottom line was money and and few freinds in GM. The plant under used and costing more to build thre car than they wanted just gave theose against the car the ammo they needed to get rid of it for various reasons. As for the emblems you speak of, I know of them and have yet to see any prof from GM that they are real. Please give some evidence other than a guy who worked for GM said he found them in a drawer and sold them on E bay. I have investigated these and the other emblems and still have yet to find anyone in the Fiero program that has ever saw them before. On the other hand The person who was incharge of the ID package and the man who drew up the emblems for the cars have ID'ed the coupe emblems they intended to use and provided the engineering drawing from GM as to what they planned to use and their dementions. Watch in the future I am working now to get the facts and information published in a artical. The real ones were a bolt on 3 dimentional emblem made by Dott indutries, who also Identified them. They are a 3 shot molding proscess that is very expensive to make. They have been confirmed by Dott and GM as being from a group of 100-150 samples made before the car was canceled and production of the emblem was started. As for the ones you speak of they are a peel and stick type that is easy and cheap to make by anyone. You only need to check E bay for the wheel center stick ons that are made in the same fashion and selling around $20 for a set of 4. I don't dispute Hulki he is a great free spirtied guy and contributed so much to getting the car built. But keep in mind he was far from the only one involved with the car and had less involvment as the car went on. If you want more reasons the car was killed you can list Under used expensive plant, enemys in GM of the car, lack of funds, bad publicity and I can list more that all contributed to the cars dimise one way or another.
      • 10 Years Ago
      The car photoed is a 1990 as they were behind and were not going to release it as a 1989. The car is powered by a 60 degree duel overhead cam V6. As for the interior if you look in the latest High Performance Pontiac or check out Pennock Forum it did not have a Corvette interior. It had a 1993 F body dash pod with a rounded off housing over the center stack and thought the car today does not have a glove box one is shown fitted in the HPP photo's. Also the styling of the car was lfted and adapted to the 4th gen F body. If you put them side by side the lines are very close. The same man was incharge of both programs and did not want to waste the new Fiero design. This car is still around in GM collection. This car was not built due to the fact the Fiero program was stopped in 1988. The reasons for that were political on both GM and Pontiacs side. The plant they were building the Fiero's at was a high capacity plant. They had hoped to have the new f body built there but it was going to be a FWD. It was canceled when Ford renamed the New Mustang a Prob and kept the old fox chassie in production. This left the Fiero plant under capacity and expensive to operate. The Fiero program was not popular out side of Pontiac. It was canceled several times and continued against GM people who told them to stop it. Once it was built it was underfunded and took them till 1988 to get what they originally wanted for the car. to make a long story short GM never gave it the funding it needed and Pontiac should have not built it till it got the needed funds. Once the car was in trouble GM pulled the plug. The car show was going to be a GTP they were also going to offer a Quad 4 powered coupe. There were no major problems with the cars themselves. GM did widen the track and make some inernal structure changes. The body shared nothing with an 1987 and it quite different than the production GT. They just scapped 3 of the coupe a few years ago and this fast back is all that remains. It is still running trouble free. One note GM just put a GTA emblem on to fill the hole in the front bumper. It was not going to be a Firebird or a GTA, it was just covering the hole. I only know of 2 Emblems for this car still around in private hands.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just sold mine (86 GT). I would love to have one with very low miles or have the time and energy to restore one from the ground up. I love driving it. I will always miss it.