I stumbled across these automotive oddities at the national kit and performance car show at Donington last year. Cars that look OK across a car park yet from ten paces were clearly not what they seemed. These are replica supercars. The blue ‘Aston Martin’ pictured had a framed certificate on the bonnet with their insurer’s agreed valuation (£7000, if you’re interested). I have absolutely no idea why.

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The show had the usual kit car crowd and a few companies offering bits to build your own replica with. There were quite a few ‘Ferraris’ with varying degrees of visual success parked downwind of the burger van, some with Toyota tax discs hinting at their ordinary underpinnings. I am trying to understand the appeal. Perhaps the owners of replica supercars like fooling strangers or just enjoying chucking thousands at an old Peugeot 406 Coupe. Can anyone explain the appeal to me? The world of replica supercars is a confusing one.

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About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

2 Responses

  1. Tim

    I have never – and will never – understand this. If you could get a half-decent OK-handling fake Ferrari for, say, £3k I can imagine the temptation. But these things cost serious money. That ‘£7k’ MX5 was better as standard – and even if it were worth that amount now, there are better ways to spend that sort of money. Second hand XJR anyone?

  2. Chris

    The iconic MR2-derived Ferrari 355 takes some beating in my book. I’d strongly advise the use of a wrecking ball as opposed to Basil Fawlty’s tried and tested branch mind.


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