It was the one that started it all…
…a gold 1986 Pontiac Fiero Sport Coupe (2M4), purchased brand-new by my mom from Patrick Pontiac on Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville, IL. Equipped with a 2.5L Iron Duke, color-matched hubcaps, tan interior, A/C, cassette deck, and a carphone with a roof-mounted antenna. VIN #1G2PM37R7GP225501. Nice, eh?
…until this incident just a few months after she got it, where a full-size Buick pulled in front of and drove-over the front of the car. Easy fix, though; the beauty of the Fiero’s Enduraflex body panels was that they were purely-cosmetic, and simply bolted to the spaceframe chassis of the car. Unbolt the old, install the new – it’s what made these cars a staple in the kitcar industry (and even today still drives Ferrari’s legal team nuts). We still have a few pieces of plastic from this incident, including the headlight door.
It hauled my infant-self around for three years after I was born, but was finally sold in February 1994; in anticipation of a second child. Save for the 1986-accident; the above pictures were taken when it was up for sale in 1993.
The Fiero bug stayed, though; my first car was a 1988 Formula, which I’ve been restoring and still own to this day. My hope, now, is to find, acquire, and take on my mom’s car’s restoration as my next project.
She sold it to a co-worker at Intrupa Manufacturing in Grayslake, IL; a guy by the name of Charlie Hall, who kept it running for at least 10 more years (I personally saw it around 2004-2005 in Grayslake) and – according to a vehicle history report – racked the odometer up to around 75-80k miles before he stopped registering it in late-2007.
He ultimately passed-away around 2010, unfortunately ending any kind of trail I have on it. Attempts to find the car through threads on Pennock’s Fiero Forum, and Craigslist ads in 2013 got nowhere, and unfortunately all attempts to contact Charlie’s surviving family have been unsuccessful.
According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s website; the car’s title status has not changed since the 1994 sale; meaning that while there’s a chance the paperwork hasn’t been kept up to date, there’s also a good chance it has not been through recycling and it still exists somewhere. Charlie lived in Zion, IL and has family spread from there to the Kenosha, WI area; so we believe the car is sitting somewhere in that vicinity.
If you see or know anything, please give me a shout!