Replicas have a long and intriguing history, but, like the automobiles they replicate, they are becoming increasingly complex and expensive.
Unlike in the past, when every backyard builder with a desire and access to some fibreglass seemed to turn a Fiero into a Ferrari, more current builders have advanced in the globe, albeit many of them continue to use Pontiacs.
This Bugatti Veyron imitation is built on a 2004 Pontiac GTO with an LS1 V8 engine, of course. That’s good news since, although having half as many cylinders as the original, this replica’s engine is both dependable and adjustable. That also leads me to suspect that we may have already discussed this vehicle, back in 2014.
This is neither a teenie nor a weenie, due to the size of the donor vehicle. The engine has purportedly been converted to sound like a W16 engine, albeit the vendor does not go into detail about how that was accomplished. It also doesn’t appear disproportionally small because it’s built on a sedan.
The inside has also been considerably altered. The owner, who is not the builder, claims it’s a truly wonderful spot to sit, but although it certainly looks nicer than any Fiero-based imitation I’ve ever seen, I’m not sure I agree that it “looks like the real thing.”
What is undeniably true is that a real Veyron may easily cost $2 million in today’s market, and it will almost definitely be significantly less expensive to repair if something goes wrong. Although the vendor states that “this automobile may need minor things done to it,” anything might go wrong before you’d like it to.
Although it’s less expensive than a Bugatti, I’m not sure it counts as a bargain, given its $150,000 asking price on eBay – which, let’s face it, is a lot of money for a copy.