Let’s face it, everyone loves the sexy, sleek design of most foreign sports cars. If we could there would be a Ferrari and a Lamborghini in every driveway in the world. But alas this just isn’t the case. Though we may possess expensive taste and an eye for the best, all too often most of us do not also possess the means to make these coveted items our own. This does not mean you can’t have just as much fun though.
Replica kits can be purchased and retrofitted to common body styles for that one of a kind look that can’t be found anywhere else. Typical kit builders include enthusiasts who enjoy the challenge of the tear down and construction process involved with converting a normal vehicle into a great looking street machine. Others simply want the cool look without the hefty price tag. Of course there are competitions and build contests as well.
Generally these kits are made using a fiberglass mold of the original vehicles. The parts are then altered to allow for fixation to similarly sized models that are called ‘donor vehicles.’ The Lamborghini Murcielago is a vehicle that is recognizable immediately. Almost everyone in the world could tell that profile without having ever opened a gear head magazine. The thrill of driving a vehicle of that prestige is difficult to match.
The best reason however for creating replica kits has to come down to the experience. While there is a significant amount of novelty involved in driving sports cars that otherwise would likely only be seen on television, the build itself is an experience that should be cherished. Replica kits can allow for up to 99% OEM finished products (depending on manufacturer). This excludes obvious factors such as drive train and engine components but the body itself, depending on your source, can be considered legitimately authentic. How many people would love the opportunity to tear one of these masterpieces down and reassemble it from the ground up? Molding manufacturers take the risk out of experimentation. With replica kits build projects become a possibility without the terror involved with damaging a multi-thousand dollar part.
While nothing can compare to the original product, the next best thing isn’t as far from the original as you may expect. The joy involved with spending hours in the garage assembling such a gorgeous piece of machinery is more than worth the effort involved with one of these replica builds that clocks in at a much lower cost than finding a 10 year old model and attempting it yourself.