Sunday, December 30, 2018

1988 Pontiac Fiero - Another Mera

I recently posted a Pontiac Fiero Mera. I said that I didn't understand why anyone would buy one. I wrote that you "got a car that looked like a Ferrari 308, but ran like a Fiero."

I still don't understand the appeal of the Mera, but here is one that definitely doesn't run like a Fiero.

This Fiero / Mera has a Northstar V8 stuffed into it. The Northstar was an incredible engine. When it was working. I suspect that the Ferrari engine found in a real 308 was less trouble prone.

I won't go on about my issues with cars that are made to look like something they are not. I've written about that often enough in the past. I will say this, though... By 1988 the Fiero had become a damn good car. The body had been refreshed. It had a proper suspension. It had a decent engine. It had become the affordable mid-engined sports car that it should have been from the very beginning. Of course, GM has a nasty habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and they stopped producing the Fiero after 1988.

I guess my (rambling / disjointed) point here is, there is nothing wrong with owning a nice 1988 Fiero. If you're slightly crazy - and have the money, time and talent - there is nothing wrong with dropping a Northstar V8 into it, I guess. Just keep it looking like Fiero.

These days when I see a well kept 1988 Fiero, I think "Wow." When I see a replica or "tribute" car all I can think is "Why?"

But that's just my opinion. (And, if everyone thought like me, our streets would be filled with Laforzas, Renaults, Peugeots, Sterlings, Rovers, etc., etc. So what do I know? ;-) ) If this is your type of car, it's located in Norfolk, VA. You can find the Craigslist ad here.

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