March 20, 1988 – The last Pontiac Fiero

The last Pontiac Fiero, a mid-engined sports car that had been built by General Motors since 1983, left the assembly line on this day in 1988. The Fiero was the first two-seat Pontiac produced since 1938 and it was the first, mass-produced mid-engine sports car to come from a U.S. automaker.

Above:1985 Pontiac Fiero. By Mr.choppers – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
Top: 1988 Pontiac Fiero

There were 370,168 Fieros produced during the cars short five year run. Comparatively, just 163,000 Toyota MR2s sold during its first five years, starting in 1984. While it appeared to have commercial success, the Fiero, which translates from Spanish to mean proud, fierce, or bold, suffered from poor press related to a lack of performance and reliability.

Today, 1988 model year Fieros are highly sought by collectors due to their limited production. However, the entire lineup,regardless of year is earning more and more followers and many experts are placing the car on watch list as prices continues to rise on this mid ’80s classic.

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