Eric Bonnette from Orlando is looking for someone who wants to buy the Bugatti copy, for much cheaper than you can get a real one.

Randy Morrow, a retired Tennessee police officer, sells what appears to be a slim 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago for a "reasonable" price: $ 40,000.

It is A great deal for a car that usually costs over $ 200,000 and has all the exotic details you would expect from a luxury car manufacturer. It's aggressive in appearance, with sharp angles and dramatic scissors. The coupe sits low and wide and it has a candy-colored paint job.

Just the car is not a real "Lambo."

This is what is referred to as a "replica" or "kit car" among a niche community of car enthusiasts who combine parts from various sources to construct imitations of head-turning sports cars and luxury cars. Building these faux cars is also legal, as long as you do not give them as the real thing or sell them in large numbers.

Morrow chose to list the carbon copy on, one of many websites where unique copies and luxury car parts await eager buyers who want the prestige of owning an exclusive tour without peddling hundreds of thousands of dollars. The replicas sell for as low as $ 20,000 and run up to six figures.

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These DIY vehicles are nothing new. In the early 1960s, companies such as Fiberfab and other small-scale operations would make Ford GT40 copies using a Volkswagen Beetles chassis and sell the cars under a different name. In the 70s, motorists could buy components to convert older models into unique classics. Today many copies are made using old Pontiac Fieros as a base.

Are kit cars harmful?

But as the kit cars grow up on the resale sites of the site, it appears that the cottage industry for builders is drawing more attention from the public, selective pushback from car manufacturers whose cars they imitate and criticism from car purists who just don't look to make it all about fun.

"Some people feel that kit cars devalue the original cars," and social media may be a magnet for them, according to Robert Ross, a car consultant for Robb Report magazine. " However, I do not see too many legitimate owners of the real cars who are bad or berating people. that makes the copies. There are people whose comments are only generated to arouse hostility. "

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A Colorado physicist and his son made waves when they spent $ 20,000 on materials and used a set of 3D printers to build a fully functional Lambo Aventador copy in October. [19659020] Sterling Brackus and his son build a Lamborghini Aventador lookalike using a 3D printer. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>

Sterling Brackus and his son build a Lamborghini Aventador lookalike using a 3D printer. (Photo: Sterling Brackus)