Just over 370,000 were produced from 1983 until 1988 but its reputation took a major hit due to engine fires and the resulting heavy media coverage. At one point, one out of every 508 Fieros sold were catching on fire. Following an investigation, the issue was blamed on faulty connecting rods.
Unfortunately, the Fiero’s reputation, especially amongst safety advocates, never recovered. It’s really a shame because the Fiero had a lot going for it, like its mid-engine layout and the fastback body style that arrived in 1986. Called the Fiero GT, the overall design looked fantastic and, judging by the example shown here, has aged very nicely. In fact, people present at the GT’s premiere in mid-1984 mistook it for a new Corvette. For its final model year, the Fiero received a new suspension and vented disc brakes on all four wheels.