They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To.

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  1. Ryan says:

    I agree…way cooler to have an original. It doesn’t even take a trained eye to spot a lot of “fakes”, even if they are pretty well done. I do make an exception for super-rare cars that would be basically impossible to own without spending millions, since that’s the only way to “drive one”…but copies of a Countach, for instance, almost always look cheap and thrown-together, and even the good ones are still just good for a laugh for the actual owners and a lot of other people. The original designs, on the other hand, will make people do a double take in a GOOD way. A striking design they have never seen before will make people come up and ask you what kind of car it is, something that will rarely happen with a bad replicar.

  2. For example, the way I see it, to build a “convincing” (where it’s going to fool the average person who knows sportscars) Diablo, you’re going to spend $80,000 on a car with no real value or pedigree…. I’ve seen REAL countaches sell for less, and Diablos sell for not much more.

    But with $35,000 invested in an old kit (or even $6,000), you can build something STUNNING.

  3. would you have any more information on the “Phantom” (4th Picture down) that is a real cool looking car. I would be interested to see what it would take to build one.

  4. Harley says:

    I think the only reason to build a replica car is to try to improve on the original, I agree that just building a copy is a bit of a set up for failure,as you said the snooty rich guy with the original is delighted to point out your vain attempt to copy what you cannot afford to buy, however,there is great pleasure in building a replica that can smoke the original,be driven anywhere, and for less money. I guess why replicas are the more common kit type cars is because they are the designs that are widely accepted by the general public,and when you see the factory built car you have a better vision or dream of what your car should look like, the body is only one component, even if you perfect it, the rest has to live up to the original,that is hard to do using substandard suspension and driveline.It does take planning, time, and money,if you are missing any of the previous 3 items your success will be limited.

  5. FRC says:

    What’s the last car? “Vision IV”. Any more info about it?

  6. Jerry Magorian says:

    The 818 from FactoryFive is a good example of original design.

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