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10 Perfect Car Replicas (And 7 That Aren't Even Close)

Cars, as with just about all products in the market, can also be replicated. Some of these replicas are as good as the original car while some are worse than the original car. An example of a proper replica is the Proteus C-Type. This car is based on the Jaguar C-Type. This car is painstakingly hand-built with Proteus stating, “No detail is overlooked, with each car being painstakingly hand-finished with our precision coach-working and the body alone taking 600 hours to construct before being sent for final assembly.” Another example is the Superformance GT40, which is a replica of the Ford GT40. Superfomance states, “The GT40 continuation is built to exacting standards - in fact over two thirds of the rolling chassis's parts are interchangeable with that of an original car, including the 'monocoque" style chassis.” Lastly, we have the AS Motorsport ASM R1, a replica of the Aston Martin DBR1, which is made from aluminium and is powered by 3.4 litre Jaguar XK straight six with twin SU carburetors engine and comes with standard 16” wire wheels that are painted. On the other hand, we have a myriad of badly replicated cars. An example is the Lishededidong Urban Supercar, which looks like its copying three different Lamborghini cars. Here are 10 examples of a replicar that are as good (10 that aren’t even close) as the original.

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17 Not Even Close: Bugatti Veyron Suzuki Esteem

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This expressively revolting car is what SF Carz created when they turned a Maruti Esteem into a Bugatti Veyron replica. Motor Beam says, “The replica can fool some eyes from a great distance and some people may gear up in an urge to see the beast and follow it but come closer and you can see the faux design elements used in the car to replicate the 1000 BHP beast.”

The Bugatti Veyron is an impressive car. The 2014 version has a top speed of 249 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 5.2 seconds, rest to 50 mph in 2.2 seconds and rest to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds. It can do 10 seconds on a quarter mile.

16 Not Even Close: Rolls Royce Lincoln Town Car

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This monstrosity is what you get when 1996 Lincoln Town Car tries to morph into a Rolls Royce Phantom. Car Scoops reports, “Apparently someone thought that turning it into a Rolls-Royce Phantom would be a good idea. As if that’s not enough, the Iron Man red and gold color theme is also a bit hard to stomach. Tony Stark would definitely not approve.”

The 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom is powered by a 6.8-liter turbocharged 12-cylinder engine that produces 563 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque.

It manages 12 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway and comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

15 Not Even Close: Lamborghini Aventador by Lishededidong

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A company in China called Lishededidong is behind this unbecoming car. It is a mix of the Aventador, the Asterion and the Gallardo, and is named the Lishededidong Urban Supercar. Car News China reports, “The Urban Supercar is powered by a 72V electric motor with an output of 10 hp…Top speed is a decent 80 kilometer per hour and range is 150 kilometer...Price for all this pretty starts around 50.000 yuan ($7980).” The real Lamborghini Aventador is powered by a naturally aspirated, indirect injection, spark-ignition 4-stroke V 12 engine that produces 730 hp and 509 pound-feet of torque. The car has a top speed of 223 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

14 Not Even Close: China Reventon

Via Business Insider India

You can head over to the Lambo dealership and get your Reventon for $1.6 million – if you’re lucky to find one – or you can just take some $10,000 from your savings account and make your own just like this Chinese mechanic did. Just make sure to do it right, we don’t want such eyesore on the streets.

Car Magazine states, “[The Reventon] based on the sensationally proportioned LP640 Coupe, but has been dressed up by Satan’s personal tailor in a military hue. The Reventon is the ultimate limited edition Lamborghini – just 20 will be built, at a cost of €1,000,000 each, and all have already been snapped up. Eleven cars go to America, seven stay in Europe, one will be dispatched to Japan and one to Dubai.”

13 Not Even Close: Lamborghini Gallardo Dodge Stratus

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This unpleasant car is an attempt to turn a 1996 Dodge Stratus into a Lamborghini Gallardo. Car Scoops reports, “The only thing that’s going to make your smirk more than this caricature of a Lamborghini Gallardo is the eBay seller’s blatant admission that “at 15 feet away, the car…looks amazing.”

The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is powered by a naturally aspirated, gasoline direct injection, spark-ignition 4-stroke engine that produces 543 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque.

The car has a top speed of 204 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 3.8 seconds, rest to 50 mph in 2.8 seconds and rest to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. It can do 11.5 seconds on a quarter mile and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.

12 Not Even Close: Subaru WRX

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See, this is just so sad. Granted, there are many badly cloned Subaru Impreza WRX cars out there, but we think the award of the worst Subaru Impreza WRX replica goes to this one. The Subaru Impreza WRX is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 268 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. The car has a top speed of 144 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It manages 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.

11 Not Even Close: Enzo Fiero

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This psychologically traumatizing car is a mash up of the 1986 Pontiac Fiero and the Ferrari Enzo’s iconic body design, and the results are pure disgust. Ferrari Enzo is powered by a 48-valve V-12 engine that produces 650 hp and 485 pound-feet of torque. The car has a top speed of 218 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 6.1 seconds, rest to 50 mph in 2.5 seconds and rest to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. It can do 11 seconds on a quarter mile. It manages 9.6 miles per gallon in the city and 14.4 miles per gallon on the highway and comes with a 6-speed manual with automatic shifting and clutch transmission.

10 As Good: Beck 904

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The Beck 904 is based on the Porsche 904. This car is made from fiberglass and is powered by an air-cooled 6-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and goes from rest to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The original, the Porsche 904 is powered by a naturally aspirated, 2 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke engine that produces 153 hp and 125 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 152 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 14.3 seconds and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission.

9 As Good: AS Motorsport ASM R1

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The AS Motorsport ASM R1 is a replica of the Aston Martin DBR1. This car is made from aluminum and is powered by 3.4 liter Jaguar XK straight six with twin SU carburetors engine and comes with standard 16” wire wheels that are painted.

British Built Cars states, “Power usually comes from the trusted and relatively easily acquired Jaguar 3.4 liter straight six engine with twin SU carbs. A choice of transmissions is offered depending on engine spec and customer preference.

The car weighs in at only 975kg so performance should be adequate!” The original, the Aston Martin DBR1 that won the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km race sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale for an astonishing $22,550,000 according to Top Gear.

8 As Good: Allard Motor Works J2X Mark III

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The Allard Motor Works J2X Mark III is based on the Allard J2X. This car is made from metal alloy and is powered by a 6.2-liter engine that produces 430 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. It’s original, the Allard J2X is powered by a naturally aspirated, carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke V 8 engine that produces 180 hp and 322 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 112 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 7 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 21.2 seconds and comes with a 3-speed manual transmission.

7 As Good: Proteus C-Type

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The Proteus C-Type is based on the Jaguar C-Type. This car is primarily hand built, and takes 1,000 hours from start to completion. It uses a full tubular steel chassis. Proteus states, “No detail is overlooked, with each car being painstakingly hand-finished with our precision coach-working and the body alone taking 600 hours to construct before being sent for final assembly.”

The original, the Jaguar C-Type is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke 3.4-liter engine that produces 200 hp and 220 pound-feet of torque.

It has a top speed of 143 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 15.4 seconds and comes with a 4-speed manual transmission.

6 As Good: ListerBell STR

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The ListerBell STR is based on the Lancia Stratos. This car is made from both folded mild steel sheet sections and tubular section steel. It is typically powered by V 6 or V 8 engines from Italy. ListerBell states, “The Braking system is controlled by a bias adjustable pedal box with a 6.25:1 pedal ratio.” Its original, the Lancia Stratos is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke V 6 engine that produces 188 hp and 159 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 144 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 14.5 seconds and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission.

5 As Good: Intermeccanina Roadster “D”

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The Intermeccanina Roadster “D” is based on the Porsche 356. AutoWise states, “ListerBell will sell you two versions of the kit car. STR is the basic model compatible with numerous engines (including the base Alfa Romeo 166), while STR-M has been specially developed in order to be mashed up with Ferrari Mondial.”

Its original, the Porsche 356 is powered by a naturally aspirated, 2 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke engine that produces 99 hp and 88 pound-feet of torque.

It has a top speed of 117 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 10 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 32 seconds and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission.

4 As Good: Caterham Seven

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The Caterham Seven is based on the Lotus Seven. This open two-seat sports car comes in several models including Caterham Signature, Seven 160, Seven 270, Seven 310, Seven 360, Seven 420, and Seven 620. The Seven 160 is capable of going from rest to 60 mph in 6.91 seconds and has a top speed of 100 mph while the Seven 620 is capable of going from rest to 60 mph in 2.79 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. Its original, the Lotus Seven is powered by a naturally aspirated, 1 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke engine that produces 39 hp and 53 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 77 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 13.5 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 km/h in 15.2 seconds and comes with a 4-speed manual transmission.

3 As Good: Superformance GT40

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The Superformance GT40 is based on the Ford GT40. This car comes in three trims namely the GT40 MKI, GT40 MKII and GT40 R. Superfomance states, “The GT40 continuation is built to exacting standards - in fact over two thirds of the rolling chassis's parts are interchangeable with that of an original car, including the "monocoque" style chassis.”

Its original, the Ford GT40 is powered by a naturally aspirated, 4 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke V 8 engine that produces 335 hp and 336 pound-feet of torque.

It has a top speed of 172 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 11.5 seconds and comes with a 5-speed manual transmission.

2 As Good: Kirkham Motorsports Cobra

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The Kirkham Motorsports Cobra is based on the AC/Shelby Cobra. This car is made from aluminum and has an asking price of $99,995. It’s original, the AC/Shelby Cobra is powered by a naturally aspirated, carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke V 8 engine that produces 410 hp and 462 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 140 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 9.5 seconds, rest to 50 mph in 3.1 seconds and rest to 100 km/h in 4 seconds. It can do 12.4 seconds on a quarter mile and comes with a 4-speed manual transmission.

1 As Good: Beck 550 Spyder

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The Beck 550 Spyder is based on the Porsche 550 Spyder. This car is made from a tubular chassis and steel road wheels and is powered by a 1915cc engine that produces 125 horsepower. It goes from rest to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

Its original, the Porsche 550 Spyder is powered by a naturally aspirated, 2 carburetor, spark-ignition 4-stroke engine that produces 109 hp and 96 pound-feet of torque.

It has a top speed of 135 miles per hour and goes from rest to 60 mph in 7 seconds. It also manages rest to 100 mph in 19.5 seconds and comes with a 4-speed manual transmission.

Sources: automobile-catalog.com, superformance.com, proteuscars.co.uk, caranddriver.com, carmagazine.co.uk

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