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The 5 Dodgiest Replica Cars Ever Built

Posted on: October 2, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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Wrecked rims, fake fenders and poor paintwork, a replica kit can be an easy way to upgrade a car’s style but can also become a laughing stock if completed incorrectly. If you are in the mood for a giggle, here is five of the worst replica we could find.

The “Lamborghini” Dodge Stratus

The Lamborghini Gallardo is one of the fanciest and best performing cars on the market today. The Dodge Stratus is not. This driver attempted to convert his Dodge to a Lambo with a replica kit. While we give him full marks for the attempt, a little research would have told him that the Lamborghini Gallardo is mid-engine vehicle, which would not fit well on the front-engine Dodge Stratus. Not only is the replica not fooling anyone, it’s also a mismatch given the car designs.

stratus
Source: http://www.gtspirit.com/2013/02/22/for-sale-lamborghini-gallardo-replica-based-on-a-1996-dodge-stratus/

The Beetle Masked as a Porsche

The Volkswagen Beetle has a pretty distinct look that isn’t easy to hide. This driver thought he could transform his Beetle into a Porsche 356 Speedster. This kit turned out about as well as you’d expect considering how little these two cars have in common. What makes this move even worse is that the owner supposedly tried to sell his replica car for real Porsche prices.

beetle porsche
Source: http://xplorecars.com/worst-supercar-replicas/

The Ford ‘Bat Mobile’

If you’re a Batman fan, it’s easy to daydream about one day drive the Bat Mobile. It’s generally not a good idea to live this dream in real life. This driver tried to turn his beaten down Ford Orion into the the dark knight’s crime-fighting ride with some paint and a quick replica kit. The results are not pretty. This replica car barely looks like it can make it out of the driveway much less deliver the performance needed for a superhero. Perhaps Robin can jump out and give it a push?

batmobile
Source: http://autos.ca.msn.com/editors-picks/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=23998985&page=6

The Matchbox Ferrari

Mini cars can be quite practical for city driving because of their small size and decent fuel efficiency. They generally aren’t the most impressive to look at though. This driver had different ideas in mind when he tried to spruce things up a bit with a Ferrari body kit. It didn’t really help his cause because the car now looks like a Ferrari that’s been crumpled up like an accordion. While the car’s previous look probably didn’t impress too many people, at least he can still park it in the city.

matchbox ferrari
Source: http://www.fastcar.co.uk/2009/12/09/worlds-worst-ferrari-replicas/worlds-worst-ferrari-replicas-1/

The “Classic” Ford Thunderbird

Classic cars are called ‘classic’ for a reason. They have an iconic look that is impossible to imitate. When someone tries, the results just feel off. This driver used a replica kit to turn his 90s Thunderbird into the classic ’49 version. The look just doesn’t feel right and has a bizarre, awkward shape pointing out at the front. Don’t spoil the reputation of a classic car with a poor replica job.

thunderbird
Source: http://jalopnik.com/the-ten-worst-replica-cars-ever-built-464801529

If you’re going to build a replica car, be careful not to do a sloppy job. Otherwise, your car might show up on our next feature!

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