Many sports car fans have gone into production! That's right, they have built their own sports cars--often to resemble some of the most rare and valuable sports cars in history. These replicar owners are kit car builders who go out of their way to make high-quality replicas of the real thing.
Among the most popular home-built replica cars are Cobras. The finished products often look indistinguishable from their original counterparts.
Building your own replicar can have a lot of appeal. It may be a way to obtain the dream car one otherwise never afford. It may also be a family project or the extension of mechanical interests. After all, the process must certainly appear exciting to any would-be mechanic who loves to tinker with a car. Replicars allow one to actually build your sports car from the ground up using kit body and other parts, usually along with a commonly available mainstream automotive base.
Those who build their own sports cars seem to develop a greater appreciation for the vehicle and a strong understanding of both its limitations and strengths. Replicars really elevate the sports car hobby to a different level--every owner becomes a manufacturer with a more vested interest in the success and quality of each vehicle.
There is an active community of replicar builders and fans. This allows tremendous networking opportunities and a great information resource for what can most definitely become a complicated hobby. Members share information about building kit cars and often have get-togethers, swap meets and rallies where they can find interesting parts and grab new ideas for modifying their homemade cars.
Replicar drivers undoubtedly turn some heads in their "classic" cars, but have a great story to tell those interested, too. It's a different way of acquiring a sports car, but one that replicar enthusiasts probably wouldn't trade for anything.
One can find a sports car they love, purchase it, drive it home and enjoy it for years. There is nothing wrong in that traditional model. There is an alternative, however, for those who want to be more actively involved in the construction of their car than those who simply choose a paint color and option practice. Kit car and replicar enthusiasts truly wring the most out of their sports car hobby by playing the roles of both end-user and manufacturer.