- An almost new Ferrari for less than 40,000 euros
- Old technology in a new shell
- Lax regulations in the USA
- Replicas from Ford to Bugatti
- Recreations sometimes achieve fan prices
An almost new Ferrari for less than 40,000 euros
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The legendary GT 40 from Ford, here in 1969 when Jacky Ickx / Jackie Oliver won the Le Mans 24-hour race.
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Depending on the model and engine, a copy costs 75,000 to 100,000 euros. This makes the fake Ford one of the higher quality recreations. ">
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The replica by the South African company Superformance doesn’t really stand out. Depending on the model and engine, a copy costs 75,000 to 100,000 euros. This means that d…he fake Ford to the higher quality recreations.
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Here is an original: Aston Martin unveils the DBS on the occasion of the Bond film "Casino Royale" (2006). The replica…
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… from MI6 Cars can hardly be distinguished from the outside at first glance.
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The original Ferrari California…
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… and the replica of the GT model, manufacturer is also MI6 Cars.
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The copiers also tried their hand at the 2003 Bugatti 16.4 Veyron super sports car. So sees…
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… the recreation of the French coupe, assembled at the US forge Rolling Thunder Restorations.
Recreations are car copies that make you laugh or be amazed. Counterfeit Ferrari and Ford FT 40 are cheap. Some models can become more famous and valuable than the original.
S.a fender arches with sweeping motion. The elliptical headlights and the wide radiator grille give it a strict expression, the large wheels something impetuous. It may be that the Cali from automaker MI6 Cars is a bit thick and pretends to be something it is not. But this appearance is well calculated. The Cali is something like a Ferrari for the poor, a wannabe company car for James Bond.
MI6 Cars is an allusion to the secret service department of the famous agent 007 and the name of the sports car Cali is an affectionate abbreviation for the Ferrari California. The company’s business model is as follows: If the sports car from Maranello is too expensive for you, you can take the Cali straight into happiness.
While the original hits the 200,000 euro mark with a few extras, the Cali is much cheaper. MI6 Cars offers so-called kits – construction kits – at prices from 4000 euros for do-it-yourself tinkering. For less skilled car enthusiasts, the Cali is also available turnkey for 26,000 euros, whereby the parts dispenser, a Lexus SC 430 convertible, has to be delivered by the customer.
Among other things, the Lexus sacrifices its 286 hp eight-cylinder for the Cali. So if you add 10,000 to 12,000 euros for a ten to twelve year old Lexus, the Blender car doesn’t cost much more than an Audi A3 convertible without any personal contribution.
Old technology in a new shell
The disadvantage: Under the hood, the Cali is an old box, the advantage: the car attracts attention. “After all, it is the world’s first replica convertible with a retractable roof,” enthuses British MI6 Cars boss Mark Palmer. In his homeland, Palmer is far from being exotic. Replicas are almost as natural and popular there as cooking programs on German television. There is hardly a luxury vehicle, whether old or new, that is not available for a copy.
It’s too tempting. A classic Ferrari with the mid-engine six-cylinder achieves prices of around 200,000 euros and more at auctions. JH Classics in Somerset near Bristol has a copied Ferrari Dino for as little as 30,000 euros. The pseudo-classic is created on the chassis of a Toyota MR2. A six-cylinder from the Toyota Camry is installed for the reasonably stylish sound, but the interior also has a lot in common with the original.
Company boss John Hurst has already sold his dinosaur dummies to Germany and as far as Australia and Japan. “A fan base has formed that is growing and growing.” Those who want to find out more about these so-called recreations on the island can read up on specialist magazines such as “Total Kit Car” and should visit the National Kit Car Show in Warwickshire at the beginning of May visit. And on June 1st, kit car pilots will meet for a race from London to Brighton, which will take place as part of a classic race.
Compared to the hype surrounding these autocopies in the UK, Germany is a developing country. “There would be demand,” says Mario Lantzsch from GT-Classics in Dortmund, “but approval has become more and more difficult in recent years.” Many foreign replicas are treated like new vehicles and are subject to current safety and environmental requirements, says Johannes Hubner, spokesman for the Automobile Club of Germany (AvD).
Lax regulations in the USA
GT-Classics specializes in reproductions of the AC Cobra and the Ford GT 40, which are manufactured by the South African forge Superformance. Depending on the model and engine, the prices are between 75,000 and 100,000 euros, sometimes even higher. In the USA the regulations for such replicas are rather lax, the scene is colorful, flashy and extensive.
A German copy pioneer is Ernst Scheib from Ansbach in Franconia. Becoming known with a replica of the Beetle-based Porsche 356 and similarly staged MG copies, of which even Thomas Gottschalk once ordered a copy, was apparently nothing sacred to the inventor when it came to his compositions.
A Mercedes gullwing 300 SL on a sedan basis looks comparatively serious compared to the Lamborghini Countach with Renault engine or the Porsche 959 with the inner workings of the good old VW Porsche. On the Scheib website you can still find offers such as a Porsche 959 convertible (based on VW-Porsche) that was never actually produced and an SL of the 129 series from the 1990s that was converted into an SLR.
The original manufacturers Porsche and Mercedes let Scheib do it, but he had to remove the brand logos. Meanwhile, "Ferrari in particular is taking strict action against replicas," says AvD expert Huebner. That’s why companies like MI6 have started to carefully alienate copies in order to avoid too many similarities.
However, Mercedes was already forced to react drastically with the classic 300 SL Gullwing: In 2012, the manufacturer had a replica body destroyed. Reason: There is a utility model protection for the body of the known car.
Replicas from Ford to Bugatti
Recreations are also in demand in Germany. Up until three years ago, Michael Gehrke imported, among other things, replicas of the Porsche 356 and the rare 550 Spyder from the Brazilian brand Chamonix. After their bankruptcy, Chuck Beck took over production in Bremen, Indiana, USA. Beck now also offers a Super 90 convertible and a 904 GTS replica. Because of the strict requirements for new cars, his partner Michael Gehrke has specialized in trading in used recreations. "It’s easier if the car was registered."
In the United States, on the other hand, there are hardly any limits to the inventiveness of kit car specialists. For example the screwdrivers from Rolling Thunder Restaurations in Tacoma (Washington State). The name alone sounds like loud and powerful engines, and accordingly there are replicas of Bentleys and Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari Enzo and Lamborghini Aventador. The technical platforms for these super sports cars sound less promising. The cars are built on Toyota MR2 and Porsche Boxster. The Enzo copy based on Boxster is available from 54,000 euros.
A copy of the Bentley GT (new price around 180,000 euros) with the interior of the Infiniti G35 is even 11,000 euros cheaper. This donor car will also be charged extra. It could now be countered that in Germany already used Continental GTs with the original 560 hp twelve-cylinder are traded for similar amounts, which are a good six to eight years old, but authentic. The bill is different if the owner of a Porsche 911 has his darling converted into a Carrera GT copy for 33,000 euros. The real Carrera GT is hardly less than 300,000 euros.
Recreations sometimes achieve fan prices
Not only sports car drivers can enjoy kit cars, it can also be a size smaller – and cheaper. Bobs Classics in Tampa (Florida, USA) has one based on a VW Beetle 1952 MG TD built in 1986 for less than 10,000 euros. Or an old Austin Healey 3000 copy with a six-cylinder Ford engine for just under 14,000 euros.
The irony of the recreation cult: used replicas can even fetch enthusiast prices in the USA. "Many of the replicas are now over 30 years old and are historical rarities themselves," says oldtimer expert Hubner. If a lookalike also made a career in Hollywood, the increase in value is immense.
"In some films, replicas of a Ferrari were not used for crash scenes," says Mark Palmer of MI6 Cars, referring to the film "The Rock" with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, in which a copy of the Ferrari 355 Spider was wrecked. The forgery of the Corvette-based Ferrari Daytona Spider in the television crime series "Miami Vice" is also legendary.
As early as 1986, John Hughes, director and producer of the teen comedy "Ferris macht blau", did not want to use a real Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, so a workshop in El Cajon, California was commissioned with a replica. The copy went under the hammer in Monterey last summer – for the equivalent of 165,000 euros.
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