Subsequent to arriving late for the 1986 model year, the production fastback Fiero GTs garnered their common “1986½” designation. However, in 1985, six fastback Fieros already existed.
Actually, those Fieros had been built by PPG, the company famous for their concept and pace car creations. It does beg the question, however, whether or to what extent this modified design influenced the production model’s—very similar—rear treatment the following year.
It appears a production 1985 GT was used as the basis, even retaining the same taillights. The PPG cars were painted a variety of colors and one was reportedly fitted with a turbo. The image of the yellow car, above, comes from a website called Pontiac Pride Fiero, along with other interesting Fieros.
It would seem that once PPG was through with the cars, they were donated to schools and thusly tortured in the name of learning. One had been “repainted once or twice a year since 1988” before being rescued sometime in 2010. That’s according to a forum post by that car’s then-new owner who also claimed to be in possession of other surviving PPG Fieros. It’s actually an interesting, and bittersweet, read. His story, along with photos, including the one above, can be found at Pennock’s Fiero Forum.