1991 Pontiac Firefly
|Date of Acquisition:||27 April, 1991|
|Built in:||Ingersoll, Ontario|
|Options:||Michelin ZX tires|
|Modifications:||Delete letters ‘Fire’ from the rear ‘Firefly’ nameplate|
It’s silver with no tape deck, cruise control or power options. Without even a rear wiper, the base unit of the 1991 General Motors line-up is absolutely bottom-of-the-line. Just a radio with four tinny speakers. A spider my daughter Natalie made from a piece of egg carton 10 years ago dangles from the rearview mirror.
I leased it as an office run-around car in 1991. At the time, its three-cylinder motor was one of the stingiest fuel users on the market. I rationalized its existence by theorizing the fuel savings over my eclectic fleet of guzzlers would cover the payments. When the lease was up, I purchased what has turned out to be an exceptionally trouble-free vehicle. With its perfect finish, the rust-free little econo-box looks like it just came out of the carton.
We all call it The Fly. And I will keep it forever, because no one else would!
Excerpt from Sowerby’s Road story # 18
Accomplishments / Credentials
|1991 - 94||Odyssey International Limited office runabout|
|1993||Business trip Halifax - Detroit - Nashville - Washington - Halifax|
|2002||No Showers for the Fly (featured in Sowerby’s Road… Adventures of a Driven Mind)|