Fantasy Friday – Pontiac Mera

This car popped up on a random Facebook feed earlier today – thanks Joop! – and I just had to know more. It’s so cheesy and so GM (although not officially) that I couldn’t resist elevating it to Fantasy Friday status.

Is there any mid-engined supercar from the 1980’s that hasn’t been used as the basis for a kit-car and hung on the shoulders of a Pontiac Fiero? My wife’s cousin has a Fieroghini, for example. I have to admit, they’re fun to see on the road and they’re even fun to drive, but I’m not sure I’d want to own one.

MeraFrontThe Mera is perhaps the best execution of a Fiero remodel that I’ve seen. Whilst GM never officially sanctioned it, the remodel was so good it was actually offered as a dealer option by a number of Pontiac dealers back in the late 1980’s.

The Mera was built in 1987/88 by a company called Corporate Concepts based in Capec, Michigan. Only new Fieros were used for the cars. They were never sold as an aftermarket kit but original Meras have been used as the basis for some new fibreglass moulds so there may be a couple more around than what were originally built.

RedMeraSadly – depending on how you look at it – Ferrari heard about the Mera and put a quick stop to it. Only 247 Meras were ever built.

From the few that I can see for sale at the moment (after a whole 2 minutes of searching) they still hold some value – for late 1980’s Fiero, anyway.

So if you’re after a car that costs five figures and offers so much promise from a distance but will be profoundly disappointing once you get in it what is possibly the best execution of a Fiero kit car, the Mera might be a dream come true. At the very least it’ll be a good conversation starter.

The silver Mera in these photos is currently for sale in Troy, Michigan, for just under $16,000.

The red Mera is all Ferraried up with badges and wheels, etc, and is for sale in Tinley Park Illinois for a fiver under $18,000.

MeraRear

MeraInterior

MeraEngine

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8 Comments

  1. Late V6 Fiero GTs were actually pretty good cars, especially when compared to early 4 cylinder Fieros. That being said, they sell in the $3-5K range. Not sure I would drop an extra $10K+ for a Fiero kit car, even a well-executed one.

  2. I like the external looks of the Fiero as it is. These kits make it even more attractive. However, the problem is with the interior. It’s very low class and takes away from anything good you see on the outside.

  3. I hate to pan a Mera 😉 , but yeah, that seems like a lot for something that seems more a curiosity than a collectible car. And the exhaust note….bleah…

  4. My brother used to own two Fieros, but got rid of them and now has two Corvettes. One is a 70’s something and the other is a 80’s something. He likes to work on cars and motorcycles, and watches sometimes. He usually has a standing offer to sell me one of the Corvettes. He liked the Fieros when he had them.

    1. “He likes to work on cars and motorcycles, and watches sometimes”
      is that while he takes a coffee break and you work on them? Sorry, bad joke but couldn’t resist.

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