Scrap metal never looked so good up until now when three German friends: Peter Brakel, Armin Ciesielski and Walter Miller decided to create this cool replica as a homage to the original model of which there are only two replicas at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Germany.
They took 10,000 pieces of scrap metal to create this stunning replica of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “’Uhlenhaut Coupe” which weighs almost 1,000 kg. They guys behind this project have said that the engine is identical to the original one and it took them seven months of hard work mainly because there had to take into consideration a lot of intricate details. The three enthusiasts say that this replica values 60,000 pounds.
If you didn’t know, when it was tested back in 1955, the car was able to hit a top speed of 180 mph and it would have been the fastest car in the world if Mercedes had put it into production. Too bad they never did.
It took 380,000 LEGO bricks and 2,500 hours to create this 1:1 replica of the Ford Explorer which was revealed last month in Chicago. This replica has a curb weight of 2,654 pounds (1,204 kg) and it was created by LEGOLAND Florida. It has an aluminum support structure that weighs 768 pounds (348 kg).
After being revealed in Chicago, the Ford Explorer returned to Florida and is on display at the Ford Driving School.
Source: Ford via WCF
1965 Ford Mustang Shooting Brake Replica
Back in 1965, J. Walter Thompson advertising executive Barney Clark along with a designer by the name of Bob Cumberford commissioned Intermeccanica, an Italian coachbuilding company, to create a one-off shooting brake variant of the Ford Mustang. In October the following year, the car appeared in an issue of Car and Driver.
The one you see in these photos is not that car, but it is an excellent replica created by an individual called Joe Kamp. It is based on the Ford Mustang hardtop from ’65 and the builder cut, widened and lengthened the roof in order to create the shooting brake rear end. The C-pillars, rear window and the tailgate have been made by using parts of the original hardtop as Kamp wanted to maintain the look of the car as close to the original as possible.
1965 Ford Mustang Shooting Brake Replica
He kept the same front and rear bumpers, the rear quarter windows, alloy wheels and the taillights. In addition, this replica also has the same Ford EEC-IV engine management system and the AM radio. He installed a Shelby-style grille, a fiberglass hood that has a built-in scoop, along with this nice red exterior paint that has gold stripes.
Other than that, the vehicle benefits from custom control arms, new shocks, power disc brakes and a reinforced chassis. The Ford Mustang Shooting Brake replica is motivated by a V8 5.0-liter Ford engine which is mated to a TG 5-speed manual gearbox with a heavy duty clutch and a Hurst shifter.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, the replica comes with a custom center console, air conditioning, a front bench seat which has been fashioned out of the original buckets, plus white door panels, brown carpets and vinyl.
1965 Ford Mustang Shooting Brake Replica
The odometer of the car reads 93,965 miles (151,222 km) and the asking price for this one-off Mustang is $64,900 (48,325 Euros). The car is already for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina at RK Motors.
If you are the owner of a Jaguar XK8 but you want something different, here is what you could do: turn it into an Aston Martin DBS, sort of. This is what an eBay seller did with his ’98 XK8 and he listed a “buy it now” price of $50,000 for his replica. As you might have expected, there are no bidders for his car at the moment and I don’t think there are going to be any for that price tag.
You’d have to be pretty insane to pay $50k for it when you can find a Jaguar XK8 for less than $10,000, with KBB suggesting a retail value of about $12,000 for a 1999 model in mint condition with the same miles on the odometer (95,000). If you do a thorough search on eBay Motors, for $45k you can get an original Aston Martin DB7, model 2002/2003.
Aston Martin DBS Replica
This replica doesn’t look that bad if you look at it from the front and the sides. The situation however changes if you take a closer look at the back where things went terribly wrong as it slopes downward too much on both ends, mainly because the back of the Jag isn’t as wide as the one on the DBS. It has a sad and depressing look.
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The Bugatti Veyron is one very expensive hypercar, as it currently costs well over $1 million in ‘stock’ form, and can go way above if you opt for one of the plethora of special editions or luxury features.
Now, things have gone even crazier, as a replica of the Bugatti Veyron, made out of 24 karat gold and studded in 7.2 carats worth of diamonds has been revealed. The price for this 1:18 model of the expensive hypercar? Just $2.9 million (£2 million, exactly).
Still, for that money you’ll be getting a replica with fully-functional doors and hoods, plus a working steering system. Only three models will be made, courtesy of Robert Gulpen of Munich & Stuart Hughes of Liverpool.
So, interested in buying an expensive car or an even more expensive replica? The choice is yours, but no matter what, your wallet is gonna cry.
Over the years, we’ve grown accustomed for various Chinese companies to release replica models based on famous supercars from Europe or America.
This time, things have taken a much nicer turn, as a group of students from the Xi’an University in China revealed an electric Bugatti Veyron replica.
They won’t target eco-conscious hypercar fans with the model though, as it was made completely from used cigarette packs, 10,280, to be exact.
The whole assembly weighs around 660 pounds and is powered by an electric motor. As you can imagine, this won’t go on sale anytime soon, as it was made to honor the World No Smoking Day, on May 31st.
Even though it didn’t achieve record sales, Daimler’s Maybach luxury brand really got the media talking with the stunning Exelero concept model (pictured above), commissioned by tire manufacturer Fulda.
Only one was made, so when it came to auctioning it off, it fetched around $8 million, presumably from an African diamond tycoon.
Now, for those who were bummed about not getting their hands on a Maybach coupe and who don’t want to order Xenatech’s 57S coupe version, are in luck. A company in Switzerland is now offering to create replica Maybach Exelero models, based on the Dodge Viper sportscar, of all things.
It will be powered by an 800HP turbocharged 8.3-liter V10 engine and boast 23-inch wheels. Interior and exterior options can be catered to the customer’s desire, but the starting price is around $680,000 (€550,000, to be exact). Interested in the offer? Then check out the official ad on JamesList.
Ebay has always been a great source for pretty interesting cars. For example, earlier today we had the Mini Cooper S owned by former Playmate Sara Jean Underwood and now here’s another cool find. This Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 replica is based on a 2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster and it has a starting price of $63,244. Under the hood, there’s a 325 hp 4 cylinder engine which takes the face Lambo from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds. That’s pretty fast. I mean, not Lambo fast, but fast. I have to admit, the car looks pretty interesting, but I’d say it wouldn’t make any sense wasting that much money for a fake Lambo. There are tons of other awesome cars you could buy for that money. Also, check out two video after the jump.
Photo Gallery: Pontiac Solstice based Lamborghini Murcielago replica
This is definitely something 007′s fans all over the world would love to own. This Aston Martin V12 Vanquish replica was built by the Canadian company Exclusive Motor Cars and was inspired by the car from “Die Another Day” movie. It has all the cool gadgets used by James Bond like hood-mounted machine guns or the retractable rocket launcher integrated in the front grill. What’s really amazing is that the car was built starting from a regular Ford Mustang, who received a stretched wheelbase, widened track, custom interior and 34 composite body panels that completely changed the car into what you see here.
What’s also interesting about the replica is that, even though we’re used to these replicas being built in individual enthusiasts or by companies as show cars, this particular one will be available in a limited run, for $100,000. It’s a lot, but if you really like James Bond and have enough money, I don’t see why you shouldn’t think of buying one. Imagine the look on everyone’s faces when you’ll pull out your rocket launcher at the traffic lights stop. Pretty cool, huh?
For more photos taken by the guys from Autoblog, check out their photo gallery.
One of MAKE readers’, Proximacentuari, has created this incredible Ariel Atom replica, from scratch. Besides the huge effort he put in the project, 15 months and at least 800 hours of work in the garage, what’s really amazing is that a large amount of the vehicle’s parts came from junk or recycled stuff:
“The stainless panels all came from old appliances. The black body panels came from an ancient kayak and an old doghouse. The throttle pedal was made entirely from salvaged parts from a dumpster at an engineering firm around town. Of course, the engine was also recycled from a crashed car (Acura RSX).”
According to him, the car goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and gets 35+ mpg. What can we say, except congrats to him for his work and we definitely admire his creation.
You can see more photos of the car on Proximacentauri’s Flickr profile.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve gotta love this. Created by Daniel Deutsch in his garage, this is a full size replica of Luke Skywalker’s famous Landspeeder. Built on a custom aluminum chassis, the car is powered by an electric motor that is able to take the car to a top speed of 25 mph and that can travel for several miles on a single battery change. Of course, this is not impressive, but who cares, the vehicle is awesome. Unfortunately, if you want it, you’ll have to built it on your own, because Daniel says that the Landspeeder is not for sale. But you can get more details here.