With one price exception.
Just because people want to buy a supercar doesn’t mean they can afford one. But if you lack any shame, then a replica supercar may be the best alternative. Obviously the range of fake supercars out there is fairly big, from the blatantly oh so horribly obvious to a darn near carbon copy. Of course you’ll pay more for the latter but even then prices are typically no more than $30,000. Yes, there are many perfectly good sports cars out there that aren’t replicas for that price, but none of them have that (replica) Ferrari or Lamborghini badge.
Let’s start with outright shameless. It’s more fun this way. This “Ferrari F30” is a supposed Best in Show winner for an exotic or kit car. It’s really a 1986 Pontiac Fiero. Currently located in Beverly Hills, the seller goes into great detail about all of the work that’s been done over the years, such as a recent complete engine overhaul. The body is made from hand-laid fiberglass and Kevlar. The interior also features a number of modern amenities, such as Hi-Def audio and a backup camera. The seller is firm on the $28,500 price. Why not negotiate? Because the car was cast to be featured in a Michael Jackson music video with Live Nation. Well, Michael is sadly gone and this is still a replica, no matter how much money the owner invested.
For those that have an urge to express themselves, look no further than this work in progress “Ferrari Dino.” Once again, a Pontiac Fiero serves as its core. Judging by these pics, the body doesn’t look half bad and might, just might, fool a non-Ferrari expert. This car’s fiberglass skin is made to resemble a 1972-1974 Dino 246 GTS. It still needs some work, but already has a new headliner, fuel pump, and Porsche 914-sourced seats. The seller claims an engine swap is also needed, but already has a GM 2.8-liter and four-speed manual. Price: $12,000.
Ever fancy a Porsche Carrera GT? Here’s your chance to kind of sort of own one. For $24,000 (is this guy nuts?) you can be the proud owner of this 2005 Carrera GT replica. In the description it’s says it “looks like a million dollar car.” Oh honey, just no. A stretched Fiero GT V6 chassis was the starting point. The body isn’t completely terrible, but we weren’t fooled for a second. Unfortunately, however, it’s currently lacking an interior, additional paint, and a top. So go ahead. Make an offer. Got anything decent for a trade? Or just pass entirely. Uh, pass?
Why journey all the way to Italy when you can build your very own Lamborghini Diablo from the comfort of your own garage. For a mere $5,000 you buy this very much a work in progress 1999 Diablo Roadster kit car. Right. So… it’s still a Fiero? Indeed. The old Pontiac’s frame has been rubberized and undercoated, but all you’re really getting here is an engine, fake Diablo Roadster body, and a manual transmission. The Fiero’s wheels are still there. The seller claims he’s got other projects to work on and thus no time for this one. Put it to you like this: a first generation Mazda Miata can be had for around the same amount.
Fan of Magnum, P.I.? Well in that case here’s the 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB of your dreams for just $24,900. Hang on to your mustache because this award winning kit car has only 45,000 miles and “drives like a dream.” Its original V6 is still there and – you’ll never believe this – started life out as a Pontiac Fiero. Shocked, aren’t you? To the owner/builder’s credit, this is by far one of the better 308 replicas we’ve seen inside and out. Supposedly everything works properly, including the AC, power locks, and sun roof. Some modern upgrades include a Kenwood Bluetooth hands-free stereo and new interior. Don’t forget your Hawaiian shirt.
Another Dino replica? Yep, only this one is a rare Kelmark Engineering kit car instead of something Pontiac Fiero-based. Without question this Dino replica is better than the previous one for a number for reasons, chief among them being a Chevrolet 350 V8 is located at mid-ship paired to a Cadillac Eldorado turbo hydramatic transmission (read: automatic). The seller says the car was custom built with a full tubular frame and chassis with integrated head and foot roll bars. It has just 18,800 miles on its odo and seems to be in good overall condition. At $19,995 it’s certainly tens of thousands less than the real deal. And hey, at least it has a V8.
A real Ferrari F40 in good condition will cost you well over $1 million. But if you’d be willing to have a fake F40 at a fraction of the price then you’re in luck. Or maybe not. Depends on that shame factor once again. Unfortunately, the Dallas, Texas-based seller provides zero details here, only that it’s a replica (thanks for reminding us), requires gasoline, has a clean title, and a manual transmission. The price: $25,000. Cash only. A few causes for suspcision: one of the images has two watermarks: ‘Car-from-UK.com’ and ‘North Shore Sales and Leasing.’ It’s pretty clear where the first dealer is located, but a quick search indicates the second is in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Two separate dealerships selling the same car for cash only?
Didn’t fancy the first Porsche Carrera GT replica? Try this one. It’s definitely been a labor of love project because the body has some pretty nice details (for a replica). Although it doesn’t explicitly say so, we’re guessing it’s Fiero-based because of the stated 1986 model year. Its V6 engine, paired to an automatic transmission, has only 7,196 miles on it. Based on these pics, it doesn’t appear any more work is needed, hence its $30,000 asking price. But uh, yeah, fake is fake.
We saved the best for last. A fake Lamborghini Diablo Roadster. LS1 V8 crate engine with less than 50 miles on it. Paired to a rebuilt Porsche transaxle with a new Kevlar clutch assembly. Big enough inside to fit two passengers well over six-feet tall. Power everything. Over $120,000 invested. The price? $115,000. How is this justified? Here are the seller’s own words: “Several original Lamborghini owners personally known to me have said: ‘We have the original but enjoy driving the well-built replica because they can be driven worry free in many aspects.’ There are many replicas out there, but few can compare to this one.” Our take: a brand new Porsche 911 can cost less than this. Just saying.