Authentic replication vehicles are great for vintage car collectors who might not be so eager to spend a fortune on the real thing. Plus, classic cars are classic for a reason, and they can be nearly impossible to find, even if you happen to have seven-figure sums to spare. Carroll Shelby, for example, only built 654 small-block Cobras and 350 big-block versions over a six-year period from 1962 to 1968. Purchasing one of those 1,004 vehicles, if you can even find them, might be extremely expensive.
Authentic replication Shelby Cobra kits, however, are much more cost friendly and look just as great as the originals.
Not only that, but according to Classic Cars, the idea for authentic replication continuation vehicles is attributed to Carroll Shelby himself.
In the 1980s, Shelby Automotive began building cars to order using the original chassis design. Many of these cars were manufactured with either aluminum or fiberglass, and all of them carried an original Shelby CSX chassis number.
"These cars are great because they pay tribute to the heritage of these companies the models which marked a high point for them," said Don Rose, a car specialist for RM Sotheby and owner of a period-built DB4 GT.
These custom model cars "remind people just how potent and special these cars and companies that built them are," Rose added.
Unlike Jaguar and Aston Martin, Shelby Cobra has no production limitations and can create whatever product the customer needs to replicate whatever vehicle they so love.
There are three major reasons why authentic vehicle replication is so popular for car aficionados:
- Authenticity -- Because replicas are nearly identical to the original, just about anyone you drive by will not be able to tell the difference. Even gear heads who love cars more than anything will have trouble differentiating a Shelby kit with the real one. If you truly love your replica car as much as you should, even you won't be able to tell the difference.
- Performance -- Muscle car replicas and other high performance vehicles actually can perform just as well as their originals. Because they drive so well, many manufacturers have to actually downplay their vehicular capabilities in order to please insurance companies.
- Flexibility -- There are so many customizations that are possible thanks to replica vehicles. You can increase the size of the rims, improve the look of the spoilers, and do whatever you want with the grills to give it the exact look you want.
Plus, did we mention that authentic replications and Shelby Cobra kit cars don't cost seven figures?