Classic cars are more popular than ever. They are so popular major manufacturers have brought back retro styling and famous names of their past successes. To true car enthusiasts, though, that does not quite cut it. There is something missing when driving a modern automobile, no matter what it looks like on the outside; the noise, the feel of the road, and of course the thing many forget when dreaming of old cars, the original parts.
In recent years a number of car companies have come to realize that there is still a lot of interest in the champions of their past and have decided to re-release those cars. Although their price tags put them out of reach for most drivers, they are still far cheaper than their older identical twins.
10. Jaguar D‑Type
Jaguar is building only 25 of their Le Mans-winning D-Types. The company had planned to build 100 in 1955, however, only 75 were completed. Jaguar's reason for building only 25 of the new cars? The official answer; to fulfill the companies original plan of 100. Jaguar has all of the original design plans for the D-Type and will complete the cars with 100 percent originality. The 3.4 liter inline six engine was capable of taking the car to speeds of 190 miles per hour at Le Mans, and was one of the first equipped with four-wheel disc brakes.
9. Jaguar Lightweight E‑type
Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made" and I would have to agree. Like the D-Type continuation, Jaguar was only interested in recreating the Lightweight E-Types if they were absolutely identical to the original in design, construction, and materials. Similar to the D-Type's continuation, procrastination plays a part in their reason for only producing six. In 1963, Jaguar planned to build 18 of its Lightweight E-type race cars, but only 12 of them were constructed. Years later it's time to complete the run. Jaguar claims that these six E-Type Lightweights are as true to the originals as the originals are to one another.
8. Aston Martin DB4 GT
Aston Martin is building 25 more DB4 GTs, adding to the 75 that were produced between 1959 and 1963. Every part on the continuation car is new; including frame, engine, and gearbox. Some concessions have been made for safety, however, those changes are equivalent to what an original would need to change in order to compete in vintage racing. A modern roll cage, racing-grade bucket seats, six-point harnesses, plus a fire extinguisher and a battery-cutoff system keep the cars up to modern racing standards - while everything else is the same as the original. TheDB4-GT’s are hand-built by Aston Martin using the same techniques that produced the originals.
7. Aston Martin DB4 Zagato
Aston is also putting the DB4 GT Zagato back into production to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the designer. Aston Martin began its partnership with Italian coachbuilder Zagato in 1960 with the DB4 GT Zagato. Along with original build methods the cars will get a 380-hp, 3.8-liter twin-plug straight-six and a four-speed manual just like the original. Aston Martin is building 19 of the cars, but there is a catch. The company also has plans to build 19 Modern DBS GT Zagato's and intends to sell the cars in pairs. So if you are in the market for the new DB4 GT Zagato, you will be taking home a DBS GT Zagato as well.
6. OVC GT 350 Competition
Original Shelby team members; Jim Marietta, Peter Brock, and Ted Sutton have teamed up and are building a second run of 1965 GT350 Competition Models. The cars include modifications that never made it past the chalkboards and test cars. Built the same way they were fifty years ago, K-code Mustangs are brought to the shop, stripped down to their steel shells, and hand modified to competition specs. Two versions of the car are available. The OVC’s GT350 is available with the modifications and upgrades that were meant for the car in 1965, or you can upgrade to the FIA model that has the standard 1965 equipment along with FIA registry to compete in vintage racing. Both versions will give you a street legal car that is registered as a 1965 Shelby.
5. Holman Moody MKII GT 40
The Ford GT40 “Ferrari Killer” broke Ferrari’s six-year winning streak finishing first, second, and third at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race, making the MkII one of the most famous race cars ever produced. To accomplish this feat, Ford brought Holman-Moody together with Shelby to build and test the car. To remove liability from Ford, all MkII’s carried Holman-Moody serial tags. The serial tags document Holman-Moody as the manufacturer of MkII’s and gives them legal ownership of the name. Over fifty years later, still in possession of the original machinery and tooling, Holman-Moody (Owned by Lee Holman, son of co-founder John Holman) is completing the MkIIs. They are recognized by the FIA as 1966 originals—but new.
4. AC Heritage Cobra Mk1 260
The 1962 original Shelby “slabside" Cobra was base on the British A/C Ace. It was the first American-made FIA world champion in 1965. In the following years, Carroll Shelby and his crew expanded the A/C Ace into a wider bodied race machine that needed that extra space for extra rubber to help put as much of the 427ci engine's power to the pavement as possible. A/C Heritage is building a limited run of nine AC Cobras to the exact 1962 specifications. The "Cobra Mk1 260 Legacy Edition" will be built at AC Heritage’s workshop, and the bodies will be crafted from aluminum on the companies original tooling. Mechanically, they will be identical to the 1962 car, including a transverse-leaf front suspension and live rear axle.
3. Superformance Corvette Grand Sport
In late 1962, Chevrolet's chief engineer decided to build a race car with the goal of winning the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The obvious choice was Chevy's Corvette. He named the project car the LightWeight. Chevrolet then named the cars Grand Sports, however, after producing a run of five cars GM canceled the project. Superperformance has now teamed up with famed Chevrolet engine builder John Lingenfelter, of Lingenfelter Performance, to reproduce the car with Chevrolet’s blessing to use Corvette badging. The Grand Sports are available with a range of engine options all carrying a 2-year/50,000 mile warranty serviced through your local Chevrolet dealer.
2. Jaguar XKSS Continuation
Jaguar is assembling nine XKSS’s to replace the nine destroyed in a 1957 fire. Like the E-Type and the D-Type continuations, the company is committed to producing the nine identically (in almost every way) to the 16 cars assembled by Jaguar from 1954-’56. The magnesium alloy bodies are formed by hand over wooden bucks and the Dunlop disc brakes and two-piece magnesium wheels are period-correct. For safety, Jaguar admits the construction of the car’s fuel cell and other areas have been updated. An estimated 10,000 man-hours will be required to assemble each car.
1. Superformance Daytona Coupe
In 1963 Peter Brock designed the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. Six cars were built to take on the Ferrari GT 250 and the rest of the GT III class. In their first year of competition, they finished second for the 1964 World Sportscar Championship season. The Shelby Daytona Coupes won the next year as well, and with only six having been built these are very rare. Brock Racing Enterprises has now teamed up with Shelby and Superperformance to develop and sell continuation versions of the iconic race car. Each car will receive a Shelby CSX9000 continuation serial number. The cars are also eligible to be listed in the official Shelby Registry.