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5 Most Replicated Performance Cars

By   August 1, 2013

5 Most Replicated Performance Cars Shelby Cobra (a.k.a. AC Cobra)

The Shelby Cobra is One of Our 5 Most Replicated Performance Cars

Recently eight people were arrested in Spain for selling fake Ferrari 458 Italias and F430s. 17 of these cars were found in two workshops and they were dismantled. While this instance appears to be a case of the sellers claiming that the cars were real, it got us thinking of what are the most replicated performance cars.

Below we have put a list of the top 5 most replicated cars.

  1. Shelby Cobra (a.k.a. AC Cobra)
    The Shelby Cobra is perhaps the car that has been replicated the most. The original cars are pretty rare and fetch a lot of money, so most people that want to drive one opt to get a replica. Some of the replicas are pretty good, adding new technology to the car to make it drive and handle like a more modern car. However, the recipe for the Cobra still remains the same as the original, a light weight car with a ton of horsepower.
  2. Porsche 356 Speedster
    The 356 Speedster has become a pretty high priced car. Because of this many have turned to replicas to enjoy the car without the high price tag. These cars are based off of a Volkswagen Type 1 (a.k.a. Bug) which can turn out very close to the original thanks to the 356 starting out based off of VW parts.
  3. Porsche 550 Spyder
    The 550 Spyder is one of the most rare Porsches out there. The original cars are worth a small fortune and are owned by the likes of Jerry Seinfeld. Because of this many have only had the choice to buy a replica. The replicas can be fairly close to the original and are based off a VW Type 1.
  4. Ford GT-40
    The GT-40 is the car that beat Ferrari at Le Mans. The iconic racing car is perhaps the best sports car ever produced out of America. Originals are extremely valuable and are rarely driven because of their value. Replicas are the only choice for most and some of them are very close to the original.
  5. Ferrari 250 GTO
    This is another rare car with only 39 original cars ever produced. The original car is one of the best sports cars ever made, so no wonder some people would like to drive one or at least look like they are driving one. The kits for the replicas are based on a Datsun 240Z so they do have decent performance, but they aren’t quite the same as the original.

So, that is our list of the top 5 most replicated cars. Let us know what you think of them in the comments below. Also checkout the below press release for more information about those Ferrari knock offs that were sold in Spain.

Press Release

While it’s true that even a Ferrari can be seen as a work of art, that might be stretching the point somewhat in the case of the eight people recently arrested in Spain for having set up an organisation to make fake upmarket cars including Ferraris and then selling them on the Internet at knock down prices when compared to the originals. No less than 17 fake Prancing Horse 458 Italias and F430s were discovered in two workshops in Algamese and Albalat dels Sorells and they were immediately dismantled by the authorities. In this instance it’s not a case of copies but just forgeries pure and simple, on a par with those fake Hermes bags sold in the streets.

Is there a market for these cars? Apparently so, which goes to show that the urge to own a Ferrari is very strong and widespread. This incident, not the first of its kind, confirms the importance of the role of the official Prancing Horse sales network and its relationship with potential customers. If you really want a Ferrari, knock on the door of a Maranello dealership, to be found in 62 countries around the world with over 200 dealers: there you are bound to find the real car of your dreams.

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5 Best Production Sports Cars Of All Time

By   July 31, 2013

Porsche 911 RS

Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time

There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.

We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.

  • Ferrari 250 GTO
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
  • McLaren F1
    McLaren F1
    The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
  • Porsche 911
    Porsche 911 RS
    Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
  • Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.

So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).

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