America’s first mid-engine production car, the Pontiac Fiero, was introduced 36 years before the mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette became the darling of the automotive media. Although early iterations of the 1984–88 Fiero took a lot of heat (much of it justified), loyal enthusiasts still lament the sports car’s passing, especially since the Fiero was finally meeting expectations—in build quality and performance, not in sales—when Pontiac pulled the plug.
The last of 370,168 Fieros to roll off the assembly line, a red 1988 GT, is about to cross the auction block. It is one of 650 vehicles being offered at the GAA Classic Cars Auction November 5–7 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Only registered bidders and consignors will be permitted to attend.
Fiero s/n 226402 was built on August 16, 1988 and became not only the final Fiero, but the last Pontiac built in Pontiac, Michigan, as the Pontiac Assembly Plant shuttered for good. Just over 26,400 Fieros were produced in 1988, down from a high of 137,000 in 1984.
The ’88 GT is equipped with a 135-hp, 2.8-liter V-6 (mated to a three-speed automatic transmission), a far cry from the 92-hp, 2.5-liter “Iron Duke” four-banger found in introductory models. Options on the car include air conditioning, cruise control, power doors and mirrors, sunroof, and rear spoiler. Sticker price was $16,853.
The final Fiero went to Pontiac Assembly Plant employee Mike Kelley, who won it in a raffle and has remained the car’s sole owner. It has only 582 miles and still wears its pre-delivery plastic. The car comes with extensive documentation, including build sheet, assembly line photos, newspaper articles, books, and all original paperwork.
GAA has not provided a pre-auction estimate, but it seems likely that the historic Fiero will sell for more than its current #1 (Concours) value of $19,600. How much more depends on how many Fiero aficionados are compelled to fight for it. Here’s your chance to own a practically brand-new 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT, 32 years after missing out on it the first time.