Hooniverse Weekend Edition: A Pacer of a Different Sort


So earlier today I was out Hooning around trying to find some cool stuff on this, the last day of Bike Week 2011. I didn’t really see much but it was after I had read Mr. Brennan’s post on that Pacer and when I spotted this I thought my fellow Hoons might also enjoy it.


I spotted a 1984 Pontiac Fiero Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replica. GM built just 2,000 of these babies and, yet, they all were powered by an anemic 92 horsepower four cylinder engine. Luckily for this car, it possesses a four speed manual transmission.

A couple interesting facts, the Fiero is the only mid engine car to pace the 500 and it is also the shortest pace car in the history of the 500.

The odometer on this one shows only 2097 miles but it has apparently been left out in the Florida sun for most of its life as the paint was pretty thin and it was missing a couple plastic panels over the engine compartment.

This one is a replica but the actual “on track” Fiero pace cars had a tuned 2.7 litre engine manufacturing 232 horsepower for an on track top speed of 136 miles per hour. They also had an air scoop over the roof in the center of the car providing more air to the engine compartment.

This one was parked at a lawn tractor shop up on US 1 and it looks like it has been there awhile, based on the dirt and grime all over it.

This badge was on the trunk nose of it and a similar one was the center piece on the steering wheel.

The “on track” pace cars, as well as the 2,000 replicas, had the supposedly sportier front facia of the 1985 Fiero installed on them.

As I had not really looked very closely at a Fiero previously, I did not notice the recess of rear window with air intakes. And I’m guessing Fieros, much like their also extinct corporate cousin the Corvair, are prone to tossing a fan belt at will. Why else would you carry the cardboard carrier for a replacement belt in the pouch on the dash?
There wasn’t a price on this one but I did find a much nicer one on autotrader for $17,000! There are a few standard edition Fieros over at Hemmings priced in the mid $8,000s!

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  1. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    I've got a soft spot for Fieros. But not for fake pace cars. This one might make a fine Lamborghini.

  2. Maxichamp Avatar

    Sort of related. If anyone has a picture of the Italdesign Aztec safety car at the 1991 Monaco GP to share, I would be grateful.

  3. crinklesmith Avatar
    crinklesmith

    A great candidate for an L67. And intensive suspension and brake upgrades.
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    1. Mad_Hungarian Avatar
      Mad_Hungarian

      Hmmm, wonder how that compares to a 4.9 Cadillac V8 swap, which is very common for Fieros.

  4. Bowmanave Avatar

    They had an interesting time when they built a few RHD ones for export though..the doors were assymetrical with one door larger thanthe other . Of course, they did not reverse this for the RHD cars

    1. dukeisduke Avatar
      dukeisduke

      I've never heard that about the Fiero. Are you sure you're not referring to the Pacer? Because they definitely have asymmetrical doors.

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