Journal: Which Vintage Car Deserves A Modern Replica?

Which Vintage Car Deserves A Modern Replica?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
September 29, 2016
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Without the aid of much more than photographs and hand tools, building a great replica used to be an arduous blend of solid engineering techniques and an artful mastery of the materials available. And lots of trial and error. Now, molds, laser scanning, crate engines, and a huge motorsport industry mean that—while not easy or inexpensive—great replicas are more attainable than ever. So which classic car should get one?

We’ve featured replica Ford GT40s, Datsun 240Z rally cars, Porsche 550s and Speedsters, Frazer-Nash sports cars…it’s getting to be a long list. As you’d expect, the heavyweight classics are better-represented in the ranks of well-engineered replica machines: Jaguar C and D-Types, XKSS, and XJ13; some Ferraris; early Porsches. Oh, and sports cars called the “Cobra” and “7”.

Add to those the scores of reproduction bodies, chassis, and reissued parts—Ford Mustang, Volkswagen Beetle, Mini, and Porsche 911 owners, for instance, could splurge on an internet shopping session and find the parts needed to build a complete car delivered in less than a few weeks.

For every one of those machines, though, where are the replica Alpine A110, C1 Chevrolet Corvette, Citroën DS, Cisitalia 202, and Mercedes-Benz W196s? Surely there’s interest among enthusiasts to have other vintage designs resurrected and reborn for today’s roads.

Which vintage car deserves a modern replica?

Photography by Afshin Behnia, Ted Gushue, Nat Twiss, & Brian Bassard

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Ian Rosen
Ian Rosen

I personally think there should be a modernized 914 that doesn’t rust to all holy hell if left in a wet environment

David Boys-Hawley
David Boys-Hawley

The Fiat 124 Spider is a good start but it’s got the wrong engine. What’s needed is a front engined, RWD Alfa Romeo coupe. Maybe with a twin-spark or V6 Busso. Needs to be as pretty as Bertone GTV.

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hubert
hubert

Obviously a Dino, come on Ferrari!
Stratos natch,oh and a 2cv

Bill Lawrence
Bill Lawrence

If I was a Russian oil Tycoon who had part ownership of heads of state, I would commission one of these,

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Gijs Kirkels
Gijs Kirkels

The Volvo Amazon! Also the Amazon combin as the original Volvo wagon.

Paul Shank
Paul Shank

I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a few Breadvan’s galloping about.

Milan Zdravkovic
Milan Zdravkovic

Would like to see Lancia Fulvia in some new form .

Joshua Seidenberg
Joshua Seidenberg

Some great examples here for sure. I am mostly an Italian car fan but I have some friend with Factory 5 cars etc and it seems that so many people snub their noses at folks that have replicas. The effort and sweat that my buddy put in to building his cobra was far more than I’d be willing to do as well as many others. He gets the “it’s not a real Cobra” all of the time. Well, it’s real and it runs like a scalded dog! It’s not a factory, period cobra, no, but it sure is nice and… Read more »

Bertram Wooster
Bertram Wooster

Holy Crap!

The Frua BMW 2002!

dannels
dannels

D20/D23 Lancia would be pretty special
Earlier mentioned Alfa TZ1 or 2 would be pretty cool too
Proviso with all of these is they get the proportions right – not like so many Mazda or BMW based Ferrari 250s I see that are just wrong!

Peter Lukáč
Peter Lukáč

I just ask myself, why there are no reincarnations of Ford Galaxie or Mercury Cyclone. For me it´s personification of american car. An then Hudson Hornet, that would be just great!

Tom DesRochers
Tom DesRochers

1936 Cord 810/812

James Delgado
James Delgado

1982 Chevy Malibu wagon…

Bryan Dickerson
Bryan Dickerson

Yeah,
Alfa TZ sounds good!
My vote sounds boring compared to Cisitalias and W196s but I wish there was an early Porsche 911/912 kit available. I, and probably lots of others, always wanted one but now that’s a distant dream. It could be super simple, like a light-weight 911R using (of course) Volkswagen or maybe even Subaru mechanicals.

Larry Brantingham
Larry Brantingham

Alfa TZ2.

Evan Bedford
Evan Bedford

A TR6 or a Spitfire.

FlewByU Liathain
FlewByU Liathain

Griffith 200.
I saw one at a New Car Show in Boston in late 1964.
It was a Scotch Plaid Red.
Many years later I still can’t figure out how they had achieved that finish.

Today I’d settle for a Fire Engine Red G-200 with a 302 and
a forest of Webers on top spinning a 5 Speed to 4 wheel discs. A stout roll cage, an A/C system and a Scotch Plaid Red interior completes my wish.

Art Harvey
Art Harvey

The end-all replica for me would be Mitchell’s 1959 Corvette Stingray concept car.. It’s been in my mind for decades and I’ve had the joy of seeing it in person.. Such a beautiful yet simple design… So low, so open and so American.

Martin Philippo
Martin Philippo

The Saab Sonett I.
That little twoseater twostroke convertible tickles my fancy for some time already. A few have been made actually.

Paul Shank
Paul Shank

Right now i cannot of one classic that I wouldn’t mind seeing redone with modern electrics and brakes. Who wouldn’t want that 250 GTO type 2 with turned out leather interior and electric windows.

Paul Shank
Paul Shank

Right now i cannot of one classic that I wouldn’t mind seeing redone with modern electrics and brakes. Who wouldn’t want that 250 GTO type 2 with turned out leather interior and electric windows.

jimmyjet
jimmyjet

The Lamborghini Miura. While that brand built its reputation making the wildest, most outlandish styled cars, the Miura did that while looking incredibly sexy rather than science fiction. It deserves a reboot.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Only if they seriously re-engineer the suspension and handling not to mention upgrade the build quality substantially …

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

” ……where are the Alpine A110, C1 Chevrolet Corvette, Citroën DS, Cisitalia 202, and Mercedes-Benz W196s? ” Alpine A110 – Dig around Banovsky . They’re available C1 Corvette – Seriously ? …they were available … once many moons ago and nobody bought them . Now a C2 replica .. ahhh .. now that might be worth the effort Citroen DS – Sure it’d be great . Problem is the things are so complicated the chances of ever getting it right without massive development costs are next to nil Cistilia 202 . Now there’s an idea . Problem is .. its… Read more »

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

… or alternatively … the VW Type 2 Beetle Bus .. albeit with upgraded and up to date suspension and drive train …… ahhhh ….. Truckin in a brandy spankin new Beetle Bus Type 2 …… What a strange trip that’d be ….. ahhhhh