I have been a Fiero owner for going on 37 years. I have seen all the stages of owners ship and popularity of the Fiero.
When I bought the car I was the local celebrity. It could have been a Ferrari and I would have drawn the same crowd.
Then the 90’s came and I became the local guy who became the idiot who bought one of those crap cars.
Then over the last 20 years the popularity has risen slowly.
Finally Sunday I was invited to a high end concourse event. They had a wide range of. Cars but the brand with the most makes was Ferrari.
The crowd was a mix of the upper crust, the regular car people and locals just there to visit.
This was my 6th event there and I have gone mostly ignored or missed till this year. I had a number of people of all types come up and just made a fuss over a Fiero with million dollar exotic just feet away.
Driving in one of the event organizers told me to follow a 308. He said follow the Fiero kit car making fun of the Ferrari. I had two other organizers stop and look at my car and said oh you are a Pontiac!
I had the number of adults that said I had one, wanted one or had a friend with one. A number said I forgot they made these and they were cool.
The thing that got me was there were a number of young kids in their early 20’s that walked passed the prince muscle cars and hot rods to get pictures of the Fiero. They loved the car. Many said I have heard about these but never need on or never seen one in good shape.
I normally just do Pontiac shows so I miss these non Pontiac interactions.
With the reactions and comments in feel we may be on the verge of an increased awareness and desire for our car if we could just be seen and heard from.
While I know we will not realize Shelby numbers I do expect we will see competitive prices with other top cars of the 80’s. These $14k prices are not a fluke.
I see many of these kids coming into money in the next 10 years and they will show interest in good low mile cars. No offense to cars needing work but finding parts will hamper future resto efforts unless we get more support. That is not just us but most cars as even prime muscle cars can be bought for less than they cost to restore.
Now yes we still have variables. Things like viruses, emission laws and the like to deal with in the future,
But I find it encouraging that as many of the classics are seeing a decline in values the interest in our cars is growing with the next group up with disposable income.
I have been watching this for a long time and this is the greatest shift I have seen.
That's supercool. Love the car. Is that the original DGP body kit? I got into my first Fiero in '92 and have been out of the Fiero game since 2005 when I sold my '88GT. I spent the last year searching for my next Fiero and watched prices hit levels I never imagined. Personally I am really excited to see their popularity come back. There is a classic car show at the local country club in two weeks. I may just have to show off the new GT.
That is really great. Nice to see Fieros getting some positive attention. The new mid-engine Vette and the F&F 9 movie has opened the eyes of the public to the Fiero.
The "Ignoring $$$$$ cars for the inexpensive cars" thing; A few years ago I went to a "Cars & Coffee" event up near Sacramento, CA....Approx' 100 cars (Muscle car, new Camaros, hot rods, British sports cars, etc) Towards the end of the event, a Ferrari 355 drove into the lot- followed by an Autozam AZ-1, which is a very small Japanese-only MR car....3 cylinder engine, gullwing doors......NOBODY even looked at the Ferrari- they all gathered around the AZ-1 and checked it out....I thought that was really cool.