We aren't typically fans of kit cars, especially ones that are intended to copy the looks of a different brand. The Pontiac Fiero is one of the most popular and commonly used donor cars for Ferrari and Lamborghini kit cars, so when we saw the listing for this survivor 1988 Pontiac Mera we initially thought it was just another poorly built kit car. After closer examination however, we discovered that it wasn't a kit car, but a dealer option Mera. These factory built Ferrari 308 lookalikes are rare and this one can be found here on eBay with a BIN of $16,950 and a current bid of $5,100.
The Mera option was only offered in 1987 and part of 1988. The car started life as a regular Fiero, but was shipped to Corporate Concepts to have their Ferrai 308 styled body installed. Other then the body and the addition of a few special trim pieces, the car was identical to a standard Fiero. The interior of this car isn't anywhere near as luxurious as a real 308, but its in great condition and parts should be cheap to replace. Unlike a Ferrari, just about every part of this car can be found at your local parts store or salvage yard.
The Mera is powered by Pontiac's L44 2.8 liter V6 that was found in the Fiero Formula and GT and was rated at 140 hp. While this v6 is only two tenths of a liter smaller then the 308's V8, it produces about 100 hp less. On the upside, this car is about 300 lbs. lighter and will be a fraction of the cost to maintain. The seller claims this car runs great and that the Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox shifts nicely, however they admit the A/C currently isn't working for an unknown reason.
This car really looks great and is probably one of the few of these that hasn't had the badges switched for Ferrari ones. In the two years that these cars were produced only 247 were built before Ferrari sued and production came to a halt. This means that the Mera is actually rarer then the 308. With that said, would you rather have the affordable Mera or the real deal 308?
If the white '87 Mera above isn't flashy enough for you, there also just happens to be another Mera on eBay right now. This 1988 Mera is painted in Flash Red and is very flashy. Unlike the other Mera, this one isn't a survivor and has new rims, exhaust, and GTS badges. This one is going to take a little bit of work to look its best, and possibly a new set of period rims, but will likely sell for less. We only wish this one had been left original, as there were fewer of these Fiero GT based cars built.