72XYGT wrote: Firenza GT,
I see you really have something about "replicas" Why is this so? I think a true enthusiast will, if circumstances allow, go for the real thing. But if it is not within his ability to get the real thing the only next best thing is a replica. I will mention two examples, the AC Cobra and the Ford GT.
If I look at some examples I've seen of Cobra's and Ford GT's then I must admit even though a "kit" car they are nice and build better than the original/genuine ones.
Yes, with the historic racing element taken into account its a different story, but not all enthusiasts will race their cars. Let us as the forum members enjoy those examples, be it the genuine thing or just a replica!
Now another question, Isnt the Chev SS a replica of the Holden Monaro, or the Fairmont GT a replica of the Falcon GT?
My feeling is that an SS or Fairmont GT is not a "clone".
They are rebadged vehicles made by the factory to an idenity that the local market will recognise - purely marketing sense.
Just as an Opel Astra is a Vauxhall is a Holden.
If for example the Astra was designed and built in Australia and you took it to Germany and tried to sell it as a Holden then how many people would buy it/associate with the brand name?
I think what FirenzaGT is trying to get at is the cloning of "notable" cars with historic value - not your pedestrian curb crawler.
As you raise the Monaro and GT as an example, and I am leaping out here on a limb, I assume you know teh heritage of these cars and so a "clone" would be if you tried to sell a 186S Monaro as a Bathurst Monaro or a Falcon500 as a Phase III GT - now that is cloning an something that Australia has been having problems with for a long time but thankfully due to the dedication of enthusiast clubs is on the decline as hopefully buyers get invloved with a club before they make a purchase for that added security of not buying a lemon.
Just my 2c worth