Posted this from another thread a while back but seems relevant here.
Originally posted by Jason88Notchie:
The previous owner that I bought my Formula from worked at the Pontiac plant producing the Fiero's from 1983-1988. I'm not sure if you guys have seen this letter to the employees once they closed the plant, but I figure this is totally worth posting. Very sad. When I picked up the car he showed me the Fiero Memory Book that they passed out to the employees. It was totally fascinating. Would have loved to get my hands on that but those are his memories. No doubt he wanted to keep that. So, here it is. Fiero proud. He told me some stories about how they felt they were doing something meaningful. And to quote the Plant Manager: "From Our Hearts...From Our Hands...Into History". LOL...They really never knew the following they would get for these fine cars 26 years later.
As for the Fiero death it was a much more complex issue than just GM alone. GM was a major part of the death but the Corvette people contributed too.
Also Pontiac played a major part too . They over built 5he car in the early years to justify the plant and production. The compromises that caused issues just to get the car into production hurt too. The defying GM leaders and subverting them was fatal.
As for the Solstice it was just too little too late and the 2 seat market is a limited market. Most 2 seat cars never live more than 5-8 years at best. Only the Vette and Miata have had staying power due to one being an icon and the Miats being sold globally in limited numbers in multiple markets.
As for Pontiac vs Buick if the Emperor has liked Pontiac it would have survived.
To be honest my gut says Buick will becom3 a China only brand in the not to distant future.
[This message has been edited by hyperv6 (edited 08-17-2018).]
I own the 222941 vin code 88GT. I ordered it from the dealer and picked it up in July 88 and is still in my garage 30 years later. It is a CA car and either garaged or under a car cover it's whole life. God only knows how much money I've spent on it over the years. I still love it and it still gets a lot of looks. Occasionally I have someone ask me if it's for sale, which it is not.