Most of us secretly dream of one day being able to purchase a supercar, whether a brand new one straight off the showroom floor, a slightly used future classic, or an already appreciating classic. But what if neither of those price ranges are compatible with our bank accounts? Surely there must be a way that will let us be supercar owners without us having to sell our family home or vital organs? There is! Welcome to the world of replica supercars, where some cars are so well made that even connoisseurs struggle to spot the difference to the real thing. Some replicas even improve on what the original car offered, with more power, better handling, and improved reliability. There are plenty of examples of fiberglass Porsche 356s and Ford GT40s that would outperform their factory counterparts any day of the week.
These replicas are not the ones we'll focus on in this article, though. We're going to take a closer look at the most ridiculous replicas out there. The supercar copycats that are built to crumble. The ones that won't fool anyone into believing they're the real deal, and barely have the performance to pull their own weight down a flat road. Looking at some of these "enthusiast's creations" we can't help but wonder what was going through their minds and what they thought the end result would actually look like. We're getting excited already, let's just get straight into it;
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19 Corolla Based Ferrari F430
We get that someone built a Ferrari replica based on a Toyota MR2, which is mid-engined and rear-wheel drive, at least it's matching a Ferrari in terms of the layout. This Ferrari F430, though, is not based on an MR2, but on a Toyota Corolla, which we really cannot come up with an explanation for.
This fake F430 was built by India-based Executive Modcar Trendz, and the cost of the conversion was around $22,000 - and we really don't know how to feel about that. The body is fiberglass, and some of the interior plastic panels were replaced with "chrome" to make it look sportier. Why would anyone want this? It's like a much more expensive version of buying a fake Louis Vuitton bag and claiming it's real.
18 Pontiac Fiero Lambo Countach
According to Jalopnik, this Pontiac Fiero-based Lamborghini Countach actually packs quite a punch with its Chevy SBC 350 crate engine. We just wish people wouldn't do these things! A big V8 will never sound like an angry V12, even if it does have a bigger displacement than the original Countach’s 5.0-liters and power should be close enough to provide the experience of driving a Lamborghini.
The interior has some elements that bring the resemblance closer to a Countach - like a gated shifter. In 2015, it was listed for $25,000 on Craigslist, which may not be a lot of money for a car that looks like this. But how can you be sure it's safe to drive? Some guy built this in his garage while drinking Bud.
17 Hyundai Tiburon Or Ferrari 612?
So there was this guy from Australia who wanted to convert his Hyundai Tiburon into a Ferrari 612. That could have turned into a disaster rather quickly, luckily the guy did one thing right, he didn’t do too much to mess up the Hyundai. Which still doesn't make it acceptable, but at least he didn't spend three times the value of the car to make it worse.
It was also fitted with a twin stainless steel exhaust with the mufflers removed to better imitate the sound of Ferrari’s V12 engine - pretty difficult with a 2.7-liter V6. It was also said that “Ferrari Sydney staff considered it the best replica they have seen,” but that's probably because there aren’t many Ferrari replicas in Australia.
16 Dodge Stratus Gallardo
We all know the Lamborghini Gallardo was a two-seater, mid-engined sports car, so if you want to build a remotely believable replica you should, at the very least, get that part right! Whoever built this managed to even get that part of the build wrong.
Based on a Dodge Stratus, someone figured they'd build one of those rare front-engined Gallardos. As surprising as it seems that anyone would build something like that, it's almost more surprising that people actually bid on it when it was listed on eBay. Not only did they bid on it, but the highest bid was $8,181... for this pile of crumbling junk!
15 Nissan 300ZX Reventon
If you just caught a quick glimpse of this car, there would be a split second where your brain thought you just saw an actual Reventon. Of course, that would only happen if your brain has no idea what a Reventon is. Underneath all the crumbling Lambo wannabe parts, there's a Nissan 300ZX that's trying to hide its shame while wondering where it all went so horribly wrong.
This thing should just get crushed to put it out of its misery. The real Reventon was Lamborghini's most expensive road-going car when it was unveiled in 2007, only 20 were ever sold, and they cost 1 million euros each. Think about that, then look at this replica one more time and tell us it has the right to live.
14 Ferrari Based Enzo Replica
Why? Why would anyone ever do this? In case you're wondering what we're looking at here, it's a Ferrari Enzo replica - based on a Ferrari F430. That has to be one of the stupidest things we've ever heard of.
While we don't condone building a supercar replica on a Fiero chassis, we can at least understand why people do it. But when someone chops up a perfectly fine Ferrari F430 to create something that vaguely resembles an Enzo, that's just wrong on so many levels.
And it’s also insanely expensive. According to autoevolution.com, it was listed at $425,000 in 2014, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever in our world.
13 Pontiac GTO Aventador
According to Jalopnik, this replica has scissor doors and a custom leather interior, which practically makes it a Lamborghini - except Lambo stopped doing those doors a long time ago. It also has a 400 bhp V8 engine and a six-speed manual.
The Aventador replica was built on a Pontiac GTO chassis by a company called Z and M Customs in Eagle, Idaho, back in 2012. Hopefully, the car is no longer in existence - who builds a front-engined replica of what should be a mid-engined car? It even uses a fake engine cover at the back, and with the engine in front, that means there's no storage space. How is it possible to build a car that's less practical than an actual Lambo?
12 Mercury Cougar Veyron
In 2016, this replica was listed on eBay for $59,900 and the description explains that it was based on a Mercury Cougar Chassis fitted with a fiberglass body kit. We have to give the owner some cred, though, because the replica looks convincing and it even has a fake engine cover at the back.
The interior also had some work done to resemble a Veyron. There are even Bugatti logos on the instruments. Now, here's the thing... on what planet is it worth paying $60,000 for this? With that kind of cash, you can buy some much better (real) cars instead of something that’s so obviously a crumbling fake.
11 Firebird 308
Here's one of the worst ways to start your car collection. Instead of investing in an appreciating classic, like the Ferrari 308, you could buy this piece of junk and be the laughing stock of your social circle.
This 308 replica is actually based on a 1986 Pontiac Firebird, although the seller used words such as; "The real deal," and, "The closest thing to a real Ferrari without any of the high dollar cost." A front-engined car with an automatic transmission and four seats is hardly the closest thing to a Ferrari 308, so a replica built on a Fiero would actually be closer to being "the real deal" than this heap of crap. Get this thing to the junkyard.
10 Beetle 959
The legendary Porsche 959 and the VW Beetle were practically the same cars. They both had a rear-engine configuration, and... that's pretty much it. But come on, do we really need any more reasons in order to justify building this 959 replica on a Beetle chassis?
There is, of course, the tiny fact that the 959 was never offered as a convertible - something that didn't seem to bother the creator of this monstrosity. At least that should mean no one will ever mistake it for being something truly exotic, as if there was ever any chance of that happening. We're hoping this utter pile of misery has turned into nothing but a pile of rust - which would actually be an improvement.
9 Nissan Bluebird Reventon
A "Lambo" with the engine in the wrong location - that's a pretty bad mistake when it comes to believable replicas. We get that owning a Lamborghini, or any other rare and expensive car, is something a lot of people aspire to, but transforming a regular car to look like one just isn't the way to go.
Clearly, the owner of this one poured his heart and soul into it. Oh, and bucketloads of cash. About $14,000 was spent on this Lambo-looking Nissan Bluebird, and that's the saddest thing about this: for that kind of money the owner could have bought a car that's actually much cooler than this. We hope it crumbles into a thousand pieces.
8 Suzuki Esteem Veyron
The surprising part is that of all the Veyron replicas out there, this is actually quite convincing! Of course, it really isn't very convincing at all, unless you park it next to the average Veyron "replica".
This thing kind of looks like a scaled-down Veyron for kids... and they didn't use the same scale for all the parts. To be honest, this Suzuki Esteem is rather ridiculous, but it's funny in a good way. There's no way anyone would ever mistake it for a real Veyron, and it was probably built more as a joke rather than a real replica. At least, we hope and pray it was a joke.
7 Peugeot F430
A mid-engined supercar replica with the engine in the front?! How difficult is it to get a Fiero or MR2 these days? The creator of this "beauty" decided to use a Peugeot 406 as the base for his build—but hey, at least this car is built to the proper scale. And that's the only positive thing we can say about it.
There are gaping cracks in the bodywork; the tires are mismatched, and the flat black paint job isn't really up to the standards of what people would expect from Maranello's finest. At least the mirrors say F430, so that should be enough to convince most people. Built to crumble? We hope this abomination has turned into dust already.
6 Firebird Lambo
What we've got here is the recipe of how to ruin a perfectly good 1997 Firebird. We don't even know what's going on with that bodywork. Was it made from an old carpet? Did it melt in the sun? Who knows? But it takes ugly to a whole new level!
A real supercar needs a powerful engine, and this one is powered by a monstrous 3.8-liter, 3800 Series 2 V6. There's more weirdness going on; Under the hood, the color doesn't match anything else, the interior looks like something you'd find in the world's worst prisons, and the best thing about it has to be the tinfoil along the sides which could be turned into a hat - you'll need it if you're crazy enough to buy this car.
5 MR2 F430
While this MR2 is far from the worst Ferrari Replica we've ever seen, and at least the engine is in the right place - that would be in the middle - there are some tell-tale signs that it's not a real Ferrari.
The back end is just all kinds of wrong, it seems too long and too...weird. The ride height is also not very Ferrari-ish, but at least it shouldn't have any problems clearing speedbumps - which is not always the case with a real supercar. While it definitely is a good effort, it's just not quite good enough to be taken seriously.
4 Heavy Metal Cefiro Lambo
While clearly tons of work went into this creation, we doubt it would actually fool anyone into believing it's a real Lamborghini. First of all, that all-metal body! While we haven't personally checked, we're pretty sure the bumpers aren't made from steel on a real Lambo. To haul all this weight around it will need a serious powerplant, and there does seem to be a turbo engine in there.
While the engine might pack some power, it's mounted in the front, which is all wrong. If you ever need a vehicle that looks like a supercar during the zombie apocalypse, this Nissan Cefiro-based replica might just be the one for you, otherwise, you're probably better off with another car. Any car.
3 300ZX Ferrari Mix
At first glance, we weren't quite sure what this was a replica of. The wing is rather Ferrari F40-esque, but the air intakes on the side certainly don't match those of the F40. The Ferrari Testarossa does have similar intakes though, and we suppose those taped up stripes on the rear could simulate that model as well?
But it can't be a Testarossa with those round taillights. Whatever this creation is supposed to be a replica of, it's not a very good one. Maybe the owner liked different aspects of every Ferrari out there and wanted to incorporate the parts he liked the most from each model? This is one wannabe supercar that's destined to crumble.
2 Corvette Zonda
How could anyone justify ruining a Corvette C5 in order to make it look like a Zonda?
Imagine the guy's friends laughing their heads off instead of telling him these modifications are a horrible idea.
It's not like the stock C5 is an ugly car, and modded ones can be truly awesome machines, at least when modified with some carefully selected high-quality parts instead of crappy body kits like this. There are just so many things wrong with this that it's hard to know where to start. Practically nothing actually resembles a real Zonda, apart from maybe 20 percent of the front bumper. At least cars like these usually end up in the junkyard fairly early, and the world is a better place for it.
1 MR2 Modena
This little Ferrari 360 Modena kitted Toyota MR2 actually looks pretty well made, even if its scale reminds us of one of those electric cars kids drive around in. The seemingly decent build quality does raise a question though - How much money was spent on this thing?
We all know that when modifying our cars, 99% of the time we can't expect to get our money back. That holds especially true for cars that have been modified like this. Replicas that are so obviously not the real thing end up almost worthless when it's time to sell them. Built to crumble? We can at least hear some squeaky noises coming from the bank account.
Sources: Jalopnik, Autoevolution & Fast Car