Although craigslist and eBay are chock-full of interesting projects and former race cars, some of the best finds turn up on club websites and other less visible forums. Thanks for Barn Finds reader Peter who spotted a very interesting Pontiac Fiero with a rally car past. You can find it here on the Michigan Fiero Club website, where it sounds as if a fair amount of work has already been done but the spouse of the most recent owner wants it gone.
I did a bit of digging for the history of this Fiero, but didn’t come up with much. The seller’s ad references it as belonging to Alex Maxim, and the event photos show what appears to be a fairly serious build. Personally, I would do very bad things to own a set of those original Marchal fog lights, but I’m sure there’s other bits attached to this Fiero that reflect the ingenuity required to make a competitive rally-x vehicle. The ducting on the roof isn’t something you see on your average craigslist find! And as you’ll read next, the engine is a serious upgrade over the Iron Duke four cylinder.
The Fiero would seem to offer an ideal platform for competitive events in general. Mid-engined, rear wheel drive, and able to accept a wide range of higher horsepower motors. For this car, the original builder created his own version of a “Super Duty (SD)” – which is a fairly common upgrade in the Fiero world. I can’t get into all the specifics here, but it is essentially a new SD 3.0L block with a matching SD crank. From there, it seems the build can get as crazy as you want it to be, with forged pistons, an SD aluminum head and clutch, titanium valves and keepers, a custom exhaust – the list goes on. Across the board, SD Fiero owners agree it results in a very quick car.
I don’t know the story behind why this Fiero now sports a different paint job and is for sale, but the listing mentions that Alex Maxim’s wife wants the car out of the garage. Several recent maintenance issues have been addressed, including the fuel pump, fuel diverter check valve, carburetor float and overflow, ignition cables, MSD ignition module, starter, and the starter interlock/safety circuit. As of the ad’s posting, it hadn’t been run out of the garage yet. No price is listed, but it sure looks like it’d be an ideal candidate for continued rally-x or autocrossing this summer.