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Porsche Carrera GT Replica Raises Some Horrible Questions

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It may have you turning your head for all the wrong reasons.

The 2004 Porsche Carrera GT was a high-point in automotive design even for this marque's already lofty standards. The race-derived 612-horsepower 5.7-litre V10 was the jewel mounted in the middle of this magnificent supercar and the birchwood gear knob allowed you to conduct the automotive equivalent of a musical symphony.

So, it goes without saying that we received a bit of a shock when we came upon this Carrera GT replica for sale on eBay in the UK. Its owner claims to know very little about its specifications as it used to belong to his father, but he does mention that the donor car was an American built Pontiac Fiero.

The Fiero has been used as a base for countless replicas thanks to it being worth next to nothing second-hand and because it came with a mid-mounted engine.

Those two things are its only real drawcards, aside from a propensity to spontaneously combust, yet kit car manufacturers have been creating hideous copies of supercars from them for decades. This replica is definitely not the worst one we've seen, it almost looks like the real thing from the rear three-quarter angle, but the rest is not quite so convincing.

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The V12 stickers on the sides are factually inaccurate and highly unlikely to hint at what lies beneath, the Fiero had at best a 2.8-litre V6 and it could well be in there still. The car is being sold as a project as it is not licensed for the road, but it does start, drive and stop without any issues.

The asking price is the equivalent of just under $17,000, a lot of money for a Fiero in fancy clothes but the seller does also offer two genuine Porsche wheels with the car, possibly from a first-gen Cayman, so you are getting some genuine Porsche thrown in for free.