Cars Playing Dress-Up! A Chrysler Becomes a Bentley, Celica Becomes Ferrari

Replica cars are getting good!

We featured a post on these pages some time ago about replica cars. There were some pretty good knock-offs in that bunch, including a couple Mercury Cougars that became an Audi R8 and a Bugatti Veyron.

Economic times haven’t improved much in the last 14 months or so, so it’s not too surprising to see more well-done replicas hitting the market. Let’s say, for instance, you have a hankering for a Bentley Continental GTC, but don’t have the hundreds of thousands of dollars to plunk down on one. What do you do? Well, make do on a Sebring budget, of course!

Have a look at this “Bentley” for sale on eBay (auction ends today).

At first glance, from a distance or at speed on the highway, it would be difficult to notice that this isn’t the real deal. It is, in fact, a very well done piece of bodywork sitting on top of a 2003 Chrysler Sebring, which the seller says has 135,000 miles on it. The ad claims a list of upgrades including original Bentley badges, fully functional lighting, genuine exhaust tips and $3,000 in wheels and tires. Sadly, the interior is still all Sebring, complete with torn upholstery. It also is missing the Bentley 12-cylinder and makes do instead with the old 2.7-liter Chrysler V6. But for somewhere around $20K, maybe it’s not a terrible buy. (But it probably is.)

And check out this “Ferrari F430,” on eBay–the auction ends today.

It’s actually a 2000 Toyota Celica GT wrapped up in some slick sheet metal and powered by a 1.8-liter 140-hp 4-cylinder with 111,000 miles. Having spent some quality time recently with a real F430, these pictures show a pretty darn good copy, complete with proper logo placement and side-mirror F-430 logo. The rear haunches are a bit out of proportion, though. As is typical with replica cars, the interior isn’t up to Ferrari standards, but being a Celica, it’s a heck of a lot more livable than the “Bentley” Sebring.

Let’s say I gave you money and said you had to buy one of these replicas. Which would it be, the “Bentley” Sebring or the “Ferrari” Celica?


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  1. I can’t imagine spending so much just to pretend to drive something cool. Loved Randy’s comment… that’s exactly right!

  2. Actually it would be one of those MG TC or TF kitters or Mercedes SSK’s replicas, or even a Cobra kit car. The fake Bentley is just plain tacky and the fake Ferarri is kind of like undressing your JLO look-alike date and finding Ellen Degeneres underneath.

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