...the Pontiac Fiero?
At the time (1984) this seemed like a pretty good idea. Take the front-wheel drive Chevrolet Citation compact car drive train, bolt it on the back of a platform, bolt the Chevrolet Chevette front suspension onto the front, clothe it in slinky rust-free plastic bodywork, and presto - an affordable mid-engined sports car.
The concept worked for the Fiat X 1/9.
Not so much.
The old Iron Duke 2.5 litre four cylinder engine was a slug. Only four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmissions were available. No power steering.
And they had a disturbing tendency to catch on fire.
By the time they put a V6, a five-speed and P/S in the thing (they also sorted the suspension and introduced the fastback GT model) the reputation was too well-established, and the car was dead.
I was reminded of all this when I just happened to spot this nice example in mid-town Toronto the other day. Apparently, the Fiero has achieve some degree of cult-car status.
There's a 'Batman' symbol on the hood of this one. Not sure what that's about...