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).

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Cars Aging Gracefully: Better-Than-New Modern Classics

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

There’s a cold, dark and ugly secret lurking behind almost every new car:

Buy one today, and it’s almost guaranteed to look dated and old tomorrow.

Most new cars simply don’t age well, which is why most models get refreshed every 3-5 years. Soon the brand-new, cutting-edge source of pride you once displayed in the driveway, freshly washed, will sit in the garage under a coat of mud splatter and road salt as a $500-per-month testament to how quickly car design goes out of style.

Some cars, on the other hand, have proven to look just as good today as when they first graced the showroom floor.

Keep reading for a list of cars that have aged gracefully, and a prediction for which 2011 models might hold up, design-wise, until 2020 and beyond.

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