Letters to Doug: Should I Daily Drive a Porsche Speedster Replica?

Gather 'round, folks, because it's time for yet another installment of Letters to Doug, Jalopnik's most mildly popular column, wherein you write me a letter with some sort of automotive question and I respond with a prolonged tirade that makes you wonder if I've been properly medicated. » 1/16/15 2:00pm 1/16/15 2:00pm

Judge Rules The Sale Of Replica Kit Cars Illegal

A judge in Florida has ruled that companies that re-body donor cars to make them look like other models are illegal and infringe on patents and trademarks, striking a blow to people everywhere who want to make their Chrysler Sebring not look like the wretched Chrysler Sebring that it is. » 10/12/13 3:33pm 10/12/13 3:33pm

What's The Worst Replica Car Ever Made?

We've been following the increasingly bizarre scam artists at Super Replicas, now tracing things back to a religious extremist and accused pedophile. How bad are they at actually building cars though? » 3/29/13 11:30am 3/29/13 11:30am

These Amazing Thai Knockoff Supercars Might Be The Greatest Car-Art…

Our recent stories on those shady scam replica-car builders reminded me of something I've been meaning to write about for a long time: an amazing project from artist Tobias Rehberger that's all about making replicas of cars. And not your usual, boring, beautiful, carefully-crafted, hyper-accurate replicas; these… » 3/21/13 12:30pm 3/21/13 12:30pm

This Pontiac-Based Lamborghini Aventador Replica Is Pure Nightmare Fuel

We always knew people would start making replicas of Lamborghini's newest supercar, but we didn't expect it to be this horrifying. And it's for sale! » 9/24/12 2:40pm 9/24/12 2:40pm

Fake Lamborghini cruises Occupy Wall Street protest

Back in the 1980s, there was no symbol of Wall Street excess quite like the Lamborghini Countach. And yet, the 1980s were nothing compared to the excess that would come later. But a fake Lambo at a protest over fake profits? Now that's symbolism. » 10/06/11 12:00pm 10/06/11 12:00pm

This bride built herself a Porsche from an old VW for her wedding

For her wedding day, British bride Megan Ashton wanted to arrive in a Porsche 356. Unable to afford one, she did something better — she spent six years hand-building this replica from a thrashed Volkswagen Beetle donor car. » 9/15/11 12:00pm 9/15/11 12:00pm

Chinese barber makes perfect fake Lamborghini

When I showed these photos of a Chinese Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 clone to Mike Spinelli here at Jalopnik, his first response was "Oh, a new color!" He had no idea it was fake. And he's driven one. That's because this Fauxborghini is just that good. » 5/17/11 10:30am 5/17/11 10:30am

The case for a 250 GTO-based 240Z replica

Is replica-building an authentic form of automotive self-expression or merely a case of trying too hard? There’s only one way to find out: take a Ferrari 250 GTO and turn it into a Datsun 240Z. » 2/11/11 4:00pm 2/11/11 4:00pm

The Lamborghini Fiura Will Haunt Your Dreams

It's been a long, arduous three years since V8 Archie kicked off his Pontiac Fiero-based Lamborghini Miura replica project, and hell if he's not all done with it. Risking cries of vehicular blasphemy, we say this thing looks damn good. » 12/22/10 12:30pm 12/22/10 12:30pm

Carroll Shelby Loses Trademark Fight Over Cobra's Design

Carroll Shelby lost his bid to trademark the iconic design of the Cobra 427, the vehicle that made him famous and has been copied thousands of times. Why did he lose? Because it was copied thousands of times. » 11/04/10 9:00am 11/04/10 9:00am

Transformers Mustang Cop Car Replica Not Police Approved

A man by the name of Jesse Vigil has decked out a 2007 Mustang to look like Barricade the Saleen Mustang from Transformers and not surprisingly, the local cops don't approve. Much to the delight of Transformers fans everywhere, including Vigil's son and the inspiration for the mod, the cops can't do a damn thing as… » 3/13/08 9:40am 3/13/08 9:40am

Street Legal Cheetah Replicas To Hunt Cobras

There's no question that Cobras are cool, even in fiberglass kit form. But you've got to admit that the fiberglass snakes are becoming somewhat common now with all the companies being sued by Carroll Shelby making their own versions of the V8 roadster. So for those seeking an alternative, Ruth Engineering & Racing… » 3/11/08 10:00am 3/11/08 10:00am

Buy a 1:32 Die Cast Chevy Volt Because You'll Never Own the Real Deal


It pains me to continue to speculate on this thing, but here we go again. Now there is a limited edition 1:32 die cast of the Volt that can be purchased. Part of me wants to think that Chevy is testing the waters to see how many people would be, um, die hard enough Volt fans to warrant a purchase of a die cast… » 1/24/08 4:15pm 1/24/08 4:15pm

Cruiser for a Bruiser: TLC's SCORE Baja 1000 Limited Edition

The Baja 1000 off-road burn down that westernmost peninsula is in its 40th year. In honor, Van Nuys-based TLC is rolling out the SCORE Baja 1000 Limited Edition Icon. That's the company's repro Toyota Land Cruiser. The company's retro off-roaders start at $84,000, and the Baja edition will cost $145,000 as a turnkey… » 10/05/07 11:00am 10/05/07 11:00am

Vintage JDM Mod: Making a Miata Look Like a Toyota 2000GT

Mister Carscoop and Los Jalopniks were like ships passing in the Frankfurt fog. While we never did affect an intercontinental pow-wow, we did get this bit from his site. It's a Toyota 2000GT. No, it's a Mazda Miata wearing a 2000GT getup. With Halloween approaching fast, we're betting this kit from Japan's Hiroshi… » 9/18/07 5:15pm 9/18/07 5:15pm

Anyone? Anyone? Motive?: New Online Mag Riffs on Ferris Bueller Ferrari

What happens when the VW Vortex guys collide with the now defunct MPH A-squad? You get Motive, a new online magazine that can toss off pop-media references with the best ironic referrers, while getting elbow-deep into modern car stuff. In their premiere week, Motive takes a Ferrari 250 GTO replica to the high school… » 8/07/07 4:15pm 8/07/07 4:15pm

What Have they Done? A Toyota MR2 Ferrari 360

Snipe at me all you want for keeping one of these (at least the underlying model) in the Jalopnik Reality Garage(TM), but apparently dignity has levels. [Thanks to Ben for the tip.] » 6/28/07 9:23am 6/28/07 9:23am