Yesterday we asked you what the greatest replica cars were. As always, we got a ton of answers. Here are the eight we saw repeated the most.
Porsche 356 replicas aren't exactly the rarest things around, but it's hard to find a truly well-built example. is one of the few firms that do faux 356s well, with plenty of custom builds to choose from, and differentiations between earlier and later 356 models. If you're into Porsche's original rear-engine machine but don't want to spend six figures, Intermeccanica might be the place to go.
Factory Five is well known for its custom kit car, the 818. But it also makes of the original Shelby Cobra. Using donor parts from a 1987-2004 Mustang GT, the Roadster is well-engineered with modern tech and comfort features, but stil retains the essence of what made the original Cobra so great: a big engine inside a light, small car.
The Lancia Stratos is arguably one of the most desirable rally cars of all time, so it's no surprise a replica version exists. The STR it totally authentic to the original looks-wise, and drives great . It uses a bespoke chassis and the engine from an Alfa Romeo 166. Even if you're wary about driving a replica, there's no denying this thing's coolness.
Plenty of companies make 550 Spyder replicas, but only a few do it right. It's easy to modify a Beetle floor plan and lay down some fiberglass. That's why the Beetle is such a popular kit car. doesn't have a fiber of fiberglass in it. It's a bespoke alloy body and hand-fabricated frame, and the base car (no cheap thing at $320k) uses a Porsche 912 1.7-liter flat four. Prices go up from there. They'll even source a four-cam motor, if you can pay for it.
There are a few really high-quality Daytona Coupe recreations out there. Factory Five's is neat, but Superformance's Coupe has the distinction of having Pete Brock involved. He basically did it the way he wanted, eliminating the original's flaws. It's the Daytona Coupe he would have built with more time and a bigger budget. The last time we checked, back in 2012, a Coupe cost about $85,000 with an engine installed, without options.
makes a range of Lola recreations, and they're all exquisite, but this Can-Am Spyder appeals to me (and is different from the other closed-top recreations on the list). This exacting replica pairs an aluminum monocoque to a body constructed from original Lola molds. It'll take a range of American V8s. A five-speed Hewland LG600 rounds out the package. They're not cheap, but they are awesome.
are no joke. They're not original, of course—only three P4s were ever built—but they're not cheap fiberglass knock-offs, either. Prices for completed alloy-bodied cars featuring Ferrari V12s hovers just south of the $300k mark. This one was for sale at the wonderful of Emeryville, CA, for ages before it finally went to a new owner.
Given the ready availability of twin-cam Jaguar inline-sixes, it's no surprise that a cottage industry of classic Jaguar recreations has emerged in the Commonwealth countries. In New Zealand, Coventry Classics turns out high-quality alloy-bodied C-Type recreations using a mixture of new and vintage XK-series parts. A basic C-Type runs about $110k, without options, and not counting the cost of shipping it to wherever you live.