Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Pontiac Firefly rocked three-cylinders before rocking three-cylinders was cool. You'll need to decide if this Canadian import's price is equally rocking.

Suzuki today is majority-owned (51%) by Volkswagen, (oops, old news) but back in the '80s the company had a long-term fling with GM. That partnership included setting up house in Canada in the form of the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. GM provided the house and initially Suzuki furnished it with a number of their models for the North American and Middle Eastern markets.


One of the models built at CAMI was the Pontiac Firefly, a car that you might know better as the Chevy Metro, or Suzuki Cultus, or Forsa, or Swift, or Holden Barina or - are you ready for this - the Subaru Justy. Yes, the little Suzuki that could went under a ton of different names in different markets and for a time in Europe it went disguised as a Subie.

Considering its rarity, the existence of today's car might be as confounding as the thought of a Suzuki passing as a Justy, unless of course you meet the following criteria -

  • Are a Hockey fan
  • Have poutine stains on your shirt - which makes you want to eat more poutine
  • Frequently point south and laugh
  • Are presently enjoying a hot cup of Tim Hortons coffee and a Dutchie

That's right, the answer is what is a Canadian, just like Alex Trebek. And if you don't presently meet any of those criteria and still consider yourself to be Canadian, well then get with the program! Maybe you're actually Minnesotan?


Canadians are the folks who are just like us United Staters only generally considered to be less ass-holier than thou. And what do the Canucks get for all their trouble being so polite and globally innocuous? Well, they used to get car models that we in States never did, including this 1991 Pontiac Firefly Turbo. Bastards!


Was that our loss and Canada's gain? Well, just look at this bad boy. It has a turbocharged 993-cc three pot pumping out a strapping 70-bhp, a five-speed stick, boy-racer body work (love that hatch spoiler), and sporty accouterments indoors.

This one is presently at the New Jersey shore, in storage. The ad claims that the car was brought there from Florida (of course) a couple of years back. Well, you could glean that from the ad, if you are able to slog through the seller's copy that was obviously lifted from a failed eBay auction. Dear Pontiac Firefly guy, see this >.< ? That's a period. Learn it, know it, use it.


You don't need to read all that stream of unconsciousness if you don't want to as I think I've broken the code. The seller says that the car has been in storage since arriving in the Garden State, which means that it hasn't seen any serious weather, and Hurricane Sandy was some serious weather. That also means that it's slowly going downhill as it now requires a jump to get started due to a lack of action. Use it or lose it, my friends.


There's also the issue that it will smoke after idling a while. Maybe it's just bored? Other problems include an interior that's pretty beat up, the dash and driver's seat showing a lot of wear. There's also a number of missing switch caps on the binnacle and Audiovox-looking speakers cut into the dash top. There are Geo Metro seats in back which I guess is like having to wear your bother's underwear or something, but whatever, they're not original.

On the outside, this 112K hot hatch is reasonable, although the nose is road speckled and the headlamps look miasmic. That off-set scoop on the hood feeds what is either a tiny intercooler or the world's most awkwardly-located George Foreman grille.


Pluses include new brake and axle bits along with doors that presently open from both the inside AND OUTSIDE. The hood apparently is still a bit recalcitrant however. You can catch more shots of the car form the seller's Botophucket here, including some very artistic extreme close ups of random parts.

Pontiac is no more, and their Canadian Firefly Turbo model, which burned so very brightly but for so short a time, is a mere footnote in the marque's history. You could be part of that foot if you were to buy this red '91, and to do so will cost $3,700 American.


This is a rare opportunity and it's now time for you to say if it's also a good one to avail oneself of at that price. What do you think about this Firefly for $3,700? Is that a deal? Or, does that price indicate that the light's on but no fly is at home?

You decide!


Jersey Shore Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to dogisbadob for the hookup!

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