It appears factory original. Did some searching and it's a Pontiac paint but said to only be used on the Firebird. Some searches mentioned that dealerships could special order them for picky customers in any Pontiac color...true?
Nice looking '84 :-) I would take jaski's info and seek out the paint code on the RPO tag under the front hood. If the car had at any time had a quality paint job,all the body panels were probably removed,shot,then reassembled..hence the 'factory' look . Its not a possibility that GM painted the cars for a dealer.. GM was running only 4 paint colors for the 84's. Black,red,silver,white. The earliest Fieros were only red and white. Unless a dealer painted the cars themselves,I think you've got a previous owner repaint at some time. Mark
Are the mirrors and front bumper pads the same color as the body? If so, pretty good evidence of a repaint. I would take a really close look at the panels and also tell us the color from the RPO sticker.
Personally, there is no way I can see this being a "factory" color, unless it was something GM pulled from the line and painted it to test the color. It wouldn't have been a factory color, as stated, because of the number of paint lines available.
Just to add a dealer could have repainted it for a picky customer.
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If you look in the front compartment, there should be a plate/sticker with a paint code at the bottom. Something like "WA-4565".... This is the paint code.
This sticker should be on top of the drivers side fenderwell and easily seen. BTW this pic of it shows WA 8554 which is white, not teal, just to avoid confusion.
You USED to be able to order cars just about any color, even a different brand for additional cost. They stopped that I believe in the late 70s. I ordered a new Mustang to be painted a specific color, they took the payment. They did however cancel the paint and refund the money saying they didnt do that anymore and I had to select an OEM color. There are select companies that still can because they buy in bulk. Mary Kaye Pink is an example of that. All those pink Caddys come from the factory that color.
I can't tell from the pics but it looks like the bumper pads are painted in teal and not black. Are they black? What about the decklid vent and covers and the panels surrounding the rear window? Are they black?
They look black to me. If your RPO tag confirms your color is teal, you have a very rare car. Id check with the Pontiac Historical Society if it is to see if they have any info on it. It could have been done for a Pontiac exec or something.
I would think the green mirror is the giveaway that it is not factory paint since all the mirrors were black regardless of color.
Yeah, BUT, those could have been painted afterwards. I had my mirrors painted to match. But again, I can't see where this is factory, based on what we know about the factory equipment. RPO tag will solve the question.
Yours is hard to read...to me it looks like the original paint was W 8555 which was black. Someone has later repainted it the teal and had the courtesy to mark it down for you. Whether it was done by someone themself or a dealer isnt apparent. If it came out of the factory, they would have had the correct WA number on it originally...dont think they would have written it on with a marker. If you research the VIN number (you can call the dealer parts department and ask for the color by the VIN) you will find out what it rolled out the door as...my guess is 8555 black. As an added note, some of the cars also have a VIN PLATE that is riveted on under the front hood somewhere like firewall or core support. It will have a 2 digit number followed by a U or L. That is also a code for the color. (ie/ 11U)
Pretty sure it was repainted. This is my first Fiero, thank you guys for the info ...ps..what's up with the the two different sizes tires?! Lol...I'm gonna just wrap it in the 205/15 50R tires that are on the rear. No biggie right?