I hate to sound negative, but the typical Pontiac Fierrari kit car is a hastily assembled pile of bondo and Chinese sourced Ferrari badges covering an underwhelming driving experience…but every once in a while we stumble over a Fiero based Ferrari kit car that looks and goes like a real Ferrari…and today’s F355 fake sits on a stretched Fiero chassis with a longitudinally mounted Corvette L98 mated to a Cadillac slushbox auto. Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero Ferrari 355 offered for $15,100 in West Chicago, IL via facebreaking marketbad. Tip from Matt.
The 7th and final generation Pontiac Grand Prix (2004-2008) was a far cry from the original Grand Prix released in 1962. But the boys at Pontiac (soon to be looking for jobs when their entire GM brand was shuttered in 2008) decided that they could still build a classic American muscle car. So here is what they did, they started with the mid-sized front-wheel-drive Grand Prix Sedan and then they GXP’d it by adding an LS4 V8 mated to a crisp-shifting 4-speed automatic, Bilstein shocks, big PBR brake calipers, cross drilled and slotted brake discs, Magnasteer II sport steering control, and the craziest part — staggered wheels/tires, wider in the front. They pulled every trick from the front-drive sport compact hot rodder’s handbook to build what is probably the best front-wheel-drive American sport sedan ever built…about 10 years after it should have been built. With the GXP, Pontiac was literally competing in 2005 with the 1996 Ford Taurus SHO. Despite that…I can’t help but want to drive one of the 17990 examples of the Grand Prix GXP built from 2005-2008, just for the fun. Find this 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP offered for $4,500 in Oregon, WI via craigslist.
With all of the hubbub, clamor, and uproar about fake news and fact checking these days, you’d think that eBay Motors would have a dedicated fact checking team of experts checking facts and censoring bad actors in the automotive world. But here we’ve got a car listed as a Lamborghini Countach that should be as fact checked as a Trump tweet that came via Hunter Biden’s laptop connected through Hillary’s personal wifi server. This thing should come with a “some or all of the content shared in this listing is disputed and might be misleading.”…but…despite the warning…I love it. It has a Chevy V8 and a scissor doors and some hideous wheels — a great combo. Find this 1975 Lamborghini Countach Pontiac Fiero custom kit offered for $14,900 in Sarasota, FL via eBay.
The fourth generation Pontiac LeMans was launched in 1973 during what is now known as the sunset of the muscle car era, but nobody told that to the Pontiac product planners. Ford was busy downsizing the Mustang and Chevy was changing their badges from US cubic inches to metric liters (seriously Chevy…?), but Pontiac was figuring out where they could put additional NACA ducts and designing the most badass tail lights ever. I still don’t understand why GM kept Buick alive and killed Pontiac during the 2008 Carpocalypse. Find this 1975 Pontiac LeMans GT offered for $15,900 in Dudley, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Not every car can pull off this next shade of yellow without being accused of being a taxi cab or a school bus…but I think I’ll give this mid-engine Fiero a pass. Mostly because it has the desirable V6 engine upgrade (the iron duke inline-4 is terrible) and a manual gearbox, and I don’t mind that it is not the fastbacky GT version. Anyway, this Nuprin colored classic is ready for the next owner and priced high, but not insane given the 54k miles on the odo and the original paint. Find this 1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula V6 offered for $8900 in Seminole, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
What do you do after you are done going offroading in your convertible Firebird? Why jet skiing, of course…or at least the seller of this next vehicle is willing to trade it for a jet ski, and I’m pretty sure this would drive like a jet ski, off or on road. Find this 1999 Pontiac Firebird offered for $3,500 in South Florida via craigslist. Tip from James.
The Pontiac Fiero was like nothing a typical Pontiac buyer had ever seen in a Pontiac showroom floor in 1984. First it was tiny for a Pontiac and even made the Sunbird look huge (it was 2 feet shorter in length), and second it had the engine sitting behind the driver’s back. Pontiac had been GM’s performance brand since the early 1960s, but this little road hugger was mid-engined! Imagine the surprise when you consider what was in every other GM dealership, people must have thought that Pontiac product planners had gone mad. At least they did until they popped the rear-hood and found an iron duke and then they realized that Pontiac hadn’t changed a bit. Find this 1984 Pontiac Fiero 2M4 offered for $6,950 in San Tan Valley, AZ via craigslist.
I watched con-man magician David Blaine do some stunt the other day involving a bunch of hot air balloons and an impressive O2 free rise to 20,000 ft that involved putting on a parachute in the air…anyway, I think that David is a remarkable showman/daredevil, but he’s got nothing on the disappearing rear glass of a vintage Poncho Safari wagon. Where’d it go? Did it go down into the tail gate that is now lowering into the bumper, or did it go up into the headliner…I am so confused. But what I’m NOT confused about is the incredible beast that is this next car. Find this 1973 Pontiac Catalina Safari offered for $11,500 in Antioch, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Pontiac G8 GXP isn’t the fastest car you can buy for the same amount of money, or even the fastest sedan you can buy with 400+ horsepower that’ll hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (similar to a 2005 BMW M5 for reference). There are all kinds of European super sedans that are just as fast, if not faster…but they’ll all drain your bank account faster than a 22 year old trophy wife with a Louis Vuitton habit. The G8 GXP however, is powered by an American 6.0 liter LS3 V8 that’ll make donuts till the cows come home AND it doesn’t have a fancy self leveling air bag suspension (cough cough AMG E63) or turbos that are harder to replace than Batman’s parents (ahem, RS6). What it does have is some ridiculous Pontiac styling and an interior sourced from the leftover plastic at the McDonalds beverage lid factory and power..sweet..raw…American…power, assembled by Aussies. Find this 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP offered for $19,500 in Hattiesburg, MS via craigslist. Tip from Ramjet.
This next car had me confused for a few minutes. The seller lists it as a Pontiac 2+2…and there was a model of Poncho called the 2+2 that was a full sized Catalina based big brother to the GTO…but this mid eighties thing has some interesting NASCAR aero looks…which reminded me of a car that we had called the Aerocoupe in the past…but Pontiac didn’t use the Aerocoupe name (that was used on the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS version) on their version of the custom aero nose, bubble glass back, and fiberglass trucklid with spoiler…they inexplicably called it the Grand Prix 2+2. Find this 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 offered for $14,000 in Dayton, OH via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.