Several of the cars were up for sale when the 500-year flood hit.
We were originally planning to share this cool Pontiac Fiero collection with all of you for two very good reasons. For starters, the sporty two-seat Fiero doesn’t get nearly the love it deserves. Yes, this affordable mid-engine icon of the 1980s got off to a rough start, but with first-year woes fixed and V6 power offered later, it was a legit fun-to-drive runabout. When General Motors told Pontiac to ax the Fiero in 1988, the suspension was dialed in and a cool second-generation model was waiting in the wings.
Our second reason was that this particular selection of Fieros – part of the Fieros Forever collection owned by Tim Evans in Sanford, Michigan – was up for auction through orbitbid.com. The cars ranged from an original 1984 Indy Pace Car to custom-bodied projects and even a convertible conversion. Technically, the cars are still listed online at the auction site, but sadly, this brings us to the new reason this article is posting. And there's nothing good about it.
You may have heard about the tragic floods affecting portions of central Michigan right now. Long story short, significant rains led to the total destruction of the Edenville Dam, approximately 150 miles north of Detroit. This caused the entirety of Lake Wixom to drain southward into the Tittabawassee River and Sanford Lake, leading to an overrun of the Sanford Dam. The small town of Sanford – and Evans’ Fieros Forever location – were torn apart by raging floodwaters.
Gallery: Fieros Forever Pontiac Fiero Auction
Fiero Auction Photos: Orbitbid.com. Flood Screenshot: Live Storms Media
Being near a lake and river, floods have affected the small town in the past. Evans moved a dozen of his cars to places on the street that hadn’t flooded previously, according to The Drive. This time it didn’t help, as the entire town was hit with what meteorologists are calling a 500-year flood. The cars on the street as well as his entire shop and museum were filled with water. In fact, a pole barn dislodged by the floodwaters was pushed into the back of his building.
Evans has reportedly contacted the auction company to cancel the sale of the cars. He doesn’t yet know the condition of all his Fieros or the parts he had in his shop. Some of the cars on the street apparently started and moved, which is at least a bit of good news. More good news is that the Tittabawassee River crested at 35 feet and waters are now receding. Still, it’s 11 feet above flood stage and two feet higher than the river has ever been.
There’s been no reported loss of life in this massive flood, but thousands of people remain evacuated and the town of Sanford is devastated. Hopefully some of these fabulous Fieros live to see better days.