Fellow Fiero owners – I am calling upon you for help. However, you do not have to currently own a Fiero to participate.
Have you heard about the Mera? Yes? Well many of us have, maybe we have even seen one or more Meras. Some of you may even own or have owned one or more Mera’s, after all there were over 200 of them produced during 1987 and 1988.
However, how many of you have ever heard about the Enterra? How many of you have even seen an Enterra?
Well, this is why I am calling upon and seeking your help. I am on a quest to document this lesser known segment of Pontiac Fiero history, the car known as The Enterra. It is lesser known as only 38 of them (by best guestimate) were made, most of which will be of the 1985 or 1986 vintage, built for Pontiac by the Enterra Technologies, Ltd company that used to be located in Burnaby, BC, Canada.
If you currently own, or know of someone that owns an Enterra, I would really appreciate hearing from you. My goal is to compile a registry of all the Enterras that still exist. So far I have information in regard to maybe 1/4 of the cars, and I am hoping to learn about and document as many more of these cars as can be located.
If you happen to have pictures of Enterra’s that you are willing to share with me, I would appreciate that as well. If you do send me pictures, I request that you also send me as much info as you can in regard to the pictures (if you have that info). Any leads will be helpful.
Any information will be greatly appreciated. For example I have heard an unsubstantiated rumor that one Enterra was destroyed when the garage it was in burned down; I would like to verify that information. Another example, I have seen pictures on the internet of one that was modified, likely a T-Top version originally and someone removed the center section of the top, so it might now have a Targa type top if any top exists.
So if you can help me on this quest, your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Please contact me via email: email@example.com
Thank you for your time and consideration. Bill
All of the above are cars that I know about already, some of which I have documented, others that I will be photographing and documenting next spring. Thanks all.
[This message has been edited by Bill Eaton (edited 11-02-2011).]
My red Enterra was sold via eBay Motors, it now lives in Ranger, Texas - you will see a picture of it below grouped in a yard with a bunch of other Fieros that participated in the Ruckus 10 event (written up on another post on Pennocks). Paul that bought it via auction, was talked out of it by his brother Dan who is now the owner, with the caveat that Paul gets first dibs on it if/or when Dan might decide to sell it. The white Enterra in my posting that showed up first is my current Enterra, came out of So. California. Believe me, the picture looks a lot better than the car, since that picture was taken while Enterras were still being made. The first black Enterra in my posting is the one that is for sale - currently owned by someone that worked for Enterra when the factory was in business. It was fully restored several years ago, but has been stored outside, so the paint is not perfect anymore. I have personally seen this car, about 2 years ago, it was beautiful (but not for sale then). He mentioned $10K as a figure. He has in excess of $15K invested in making right and restoring. Other than the fact that I have too many Fieros and too little room, if I really wanted an Enterra I would seriously consider that car. But since I already have an Enterra, it is only fair that someone else gets a shot at one too.
i really like the entera (actually would love one). the only thing i would change is the front bumper where the marker lights mount (should be more rounded) and the rear tail light area (those are too big and dated. anyway there was a site on the net that i have visited that not only documented these but if i remember correctly was starting a registry or a link to a registry. if i find it again i'll let you know but a vrius forced an eracing of all my memory and favorites.
There are two out there that have had total ground up restorations, V-8 engines added, and many changes during the restoration - both of them are quite pricey. $535K and $545K They are also quite beautiful examples of the Enterra likely at its best.
Both of these websites are available from : http://www.savethefierofoundation.com/ I agree that the prices seem to be quite high, however if a Saudi prince saw the car and decided he wanted it, they might make a sale, eh? More power to them, if they can make a sale. However the rest of us poor people will just have to settle for buying what we can afford and go from there.
Thank you everyone for your help, I have been able to locate 2 more as a result of information you sent me. PS - my Enterra (first one in this thread - although it does not look that good anymore) is being sold tomorrow via eBay so I will no longer own one. Bill Eaton
I want to thank everyone that has responded to my request for Enterra information. I have added another to my listing. Someone else has contacted me in regard to wanting to purchase an Enterra - anyone know of one out there that might be for sale? I would be happy to forward the name and email address to someone if they are wanting to sell. Thanks again for your help.
OOPS, I was going to add something to the previous post and forgot. 85SEnochie sent me 3 pictures of a White Enterra (included above in this thread). I know, there are a couple that are white - look for the one with the passenger rear tire going flat. I have since been in contact with the owner - the Original owner of that Enterra and he still owns it and is in the process of restoring it. The interesting part is this is a 1987 Enterra - previously I thought there were only 1985, 1986 and 2 1988 Enterras. Awhile back we discovered the 1984 that has since been sold and moved to Idaho - this history behind that car is interesting too. It has the same body as a 1986, so this was the one that was converted after the fact in order to obtain funds from the owner in support of the Enterra Factory. So, 1 - 1984 (2nd generation body), multiple 1985's and 1986's and at least 2 - 1987's (the owner of the white 1987 said a fellow that worked for him bought another 1987 shortly after he purchased his - and it was red). and of course the 2 - 1988's that were built in Simi Valley, California where they planned to continue building until the demise of the Fiero scuttled those plans. Bill
Thanks, I agree in regard to the historical significance.
Interesting, it seems that people either love the looks of the Enterra or they hate it. Not many seem to be lukewarm about them.
From a simplistic point of view, they are heavier by a couple hundred pounds with no better power than an original Fiero, so why saddle yourself with one? Like I said above, you either really like the looks or you don't. Now with a SBC installed, that might make a difference. I was only able to drive my 1985 (never had the 1986 on the road) and it used to get lots of looks from passing motorists - sometimes passing and then slowing down to take another look while on the freeway, lots of thumbs up. I very much doubt I will ever have another one, there are just too few of them around, and those that are "for sale" are out of my budget. Thanks.