ChumpCar Potential: 1986 Pontiac Fiero

Reader Mark W bought this 1986 Pontiac Fiero with plans to race it in Chump/Champcar, but he’s never gotten around to racing it. It was actually built for SCCA racing back in 2004 with a full cage and the other necessary safety bits. It’s currently sitting on jack stands in Mark’s garage and it just needs to go. He has a clear title for it, it’s located in Sterling Heights, Michigan and he’s asking just $1,000!

The Fiero really is a great choice for an affordable race car. Its mid-engine design means it offers great handling, although it can be a bit difficult to get into the drivetrain to work on in a pinch (but not impossible). The 2.8L V6 is thankfully a durable engine with quite a few bolt-on performance options. It’s paired with a Getrag 5-speed manual transmission, which is the only part of the drivetrain currently mounted in the car, but it comes with spare engine parts. Finding a correct L44 V6 might be a challenge, but the 2.8 V6 is a very common engine. Of course, you could always swap a V8 into it and have a real track monster!

As you can see, there isn’t much of the interior left, but that’s what you want for a race car anyways. It also gives us a good view of the floors, which look to be solid. I’m not sure if that roll cage will still pass safety inspections, but it sure looks beefy! Please weigh in on that if you currently race in the ChumpCar Series.

There’s definitely work to be done here, but this really does seem like it could be a fun and cheap way to build a track/race car. The rattle can paint job doesn’t look perfect, but it’s perfect for a ChumpCar or even a track car since there’s a good chance it’s going to get scratched or damaged. So if you’ve been looking for a cheap and fun project, be sure to take a closer look at Mark’s Fiero!

Seller’s Listing: Here on craigslist

  • Asking Price: $1,000
  • Location: MI
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: 1GZPF3795GP204589

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  1. Karl

    There was a company that built a kit to replace the original engine with an LS7 out of a Corvette. I always wondered what you would do to the rest of the car to make that work?

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    • Jim LeForge

      I’ve read of guys fitting these with the GM 3.8 and supercharger from Gran Prixs.

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  2. Bryan Cohn

    Installing an engine in a Fiero is a MASSIVE project. The rear subframe with rear suspension must be removed/lowered or the body/chassis lifted off the subframe. I’ve helped a friend who raced a Fiero do an engine install once. Key word is once. Huge project. He had a steel rolling cart, about 6 ft long, 3 ft wide that held the subframe with engine/trans/suspension. Disconnect everything with the subframe sitting on the cart and them using the lift raise the car away. Trouble is now your lift is tied up till you finish the engine swap and install. Not good. Fun race car but know its a big project to install an engine.

  3. Glenn

    Is it still available. I have another one, and was looking to create a Frankenstein.

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