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Shamborghinis (And 19 Other Photos Of Fake Cars)

Welcome to the wonderful world of replica supercars. These creations come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes; some are so well made that even connoisseurs struggle to spot the difference to the real thing, other replicas even improve on what the original car offered, with more power, better handling, and improved reliability. There are plenty of examples of fiberglass Porsche 356s and Ford GT40s that would outperform their factory counterparts any day of the week.

These replicas are not the ones we'll focus on in this article, though. We're going to take a closer look at the most ridiculous replicas out there. The supercar copycats that won't fool anyone into believing they're the real deal, and barely have the performance to pull their own weight down a flat road.

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20 Cefiro Lambo

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We doubt anyone would be fooled into thinking this is a real Lamborghini. First of all, that all-metal body - that's just all kinds of wrong. Another thing that's all wrong is the front-mounted engine. If you ever need a vehicle that looks like a supercar during the zombie apocalypse, this Nissan Cefiro-based replica might just be the one for you.

19 Firebird 308

via Car Throttle

Want a Ferrari 308? You could buy this piece of junk replica and be the laughing stock everywhere you drive. This 308 replica is actually based on a 1986 Pontiac Firebird, although the seller used words such as; "The real deal," and, "The closest thing to a real Ferrari without any of the high dollar cost." This abomination should be burned to the ground.

18 Mercury Cougar Veyron

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In 2016, this replica was listed on eBay for $59,900. Apparently, it was a Mercury Cougar Chassis fitted with a fiberglass body kit. We have to give the owner some cred, though, because the replica actually looks very convincing. Here's the thing though... on what planet is this worth $60,000 for this? That kind of cash buys you some much better (real) cars.

17 Corolla 430

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We get that someone built a Ferrari replica based on a Toyota MR2, which is mid-engined and rear-wheel drive, at least it's matching a Ferrari in terms of the engine layout. This Ferrari F430, though, is not based on an MR2, but on a Toyota Corolla, which makes no sense. It's like a much more expensive version of buying a fake Louis Vuitton bag and claiming it's real.

16 Fiero Countach

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According to Jalopnik, this Pontiac Fiero-based Lamborghini Countach actually packs quite a punch with its Chevy SBC 350 crate engine - sadly, a big V8 will never sound like an angry V12, even if it does have a bigger displacement than the original Countach’s 5.0-liters and power should be close enough to provide the experience of driving a Lamborghini.

15 Is That A Hyundai Or A Ferrari?

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Some guy from Australia wanted to convert his Hyundai Tiburon into a Ferrari 612. The one thing he did right was that he didn't spend three times the value of the car to make it worse. Rumors have it that “Ferrari Sydney staff considered it the best replica they have seen,” but that's probably because there aren’t many Ferrari replicas in Australia.

14 Stratus Gallardo

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If you want to build a remotely believable Gallardo replica you should, at the very least, base it on a mid-engined car. The owner of this one managed to even get that wrong, as it's based on a Stratus. But the most surprising thing about this thing is that someone bid $8,181 for it on eBay.

13 Nissan 300ZX Reventon

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If you just caught a quick glimpse of this car, there would be a split second where your brain thought you just saw an actual Reventon. Of course, that would only happen if your brain has no idea what a Reventon is. Underneath all this fiberglass there's a Nissan 300ZX that's trying to hide its shame while wondering where it all went so horribly wrong.

12 Enzo Replica Based On... A Ferrari?!

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In case you're wondering what we're looking at here, it's a Ferrari Enzo replica - based on a Ferrari F430. That has to be one of the stupidest things we've ever heard of. We can at least understand why people build cheap supercar replicas. But when someone chops up a perfectly fine Ferrari F430 to create something that vaguely resembles an Enzo, that's just wrong.

11 Pontiac GTO Aventador

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According to Jalopnik, this replica has scissor doors and a custom leather interior, which practically makes it a Lamborghini - except Lambo stopped doing those doors a long time ago. The Aventador replica was built on a Pontiac GTO chassis by a company called Z and M Customs in Eagle, Idaho, back in 2012 and hopefully, it's no longer in existence.

10 Beetle 959

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The VW Beetle and the legendary Porsche 959 both had their engines in the rear - that practically make them the same cars. There is, of course, the tiny fact that the 959 was never offered as a convertible - something that didn't seem to bother the creator of this monstrosity. At least that means nobody will ever mistake it for being something truly exotic - fat chance of that happening.

9 Bluebird Reventon

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Clearly, the owner of this Reventon replica poured his heart and soul into it. Oh, and bucketloads of cash. About $14,000 was spent on this Lambo-looking Nissan Bluebird, and that's the saddest thing about this: for that kind of money the owner could have bought a car that's actually much cooler and faster than this.

8 Suzuki Esteem Veyron

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This thing kind of looks like a scaled-down Veyron for kids... and they didn't use the same scale for all the parts. To be honest, this Suzuki Esteem is rather ridiculous, but it's funny in a good way. Nobody would ever mistake it for a real Veyron, and it was probably built more as a joke rather than a real replica. At least, we hope and pray it was a joke.

7 Peugeot F430

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The creator of this "beauty" decided to use a Peugeot 406 as the base for his build. There are gaping cracks in the bodywork; the tires are mismatched, and the flat black paint job isn't really up to the standards of what people would expect from Maranello's finest. At least the mirrors say F430, so that should be enough to convince most people.

6 MR2 Modena

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This little Ferrari 360 Modena kitted Toyota MR2 actually looks pretty well made - which makes us wonder how much money was spent on it. When modifying our cars, 99% of the time we can't expect to get our money back. That holds especially true for cars that have been modified like this. Replicas that are so obviously not the real thing end up almost worthless when it's time to sell them.

5 Corvette Zonda

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It's not like the stock C5 'Vette is an ugly car, and modded ones can be truly awesome machines - at least when modified with some carefully selected high-quality parts. That's not the case here though. Practically nothing actually resembles a real Zonda, other than maybe 20 percent of the front bumper.

4 Nissan 300ZX Ferrari Mix

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We don't know what this is a replica of. The wing is rather Ferrari F40-esque, but the air intakes on the side are all wrong. The Ferrari Testarossa does have similar intakes though, and we suppose those taped up stripes on the rear could simulate that model as well? But the Testarossa didn't have round taillights. Maybe the owner wanted to incorporate parts from each model?

3 Cougar Veyron

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We've already seen a very good Cougar-based Veyron replica. This one is anything but good. As sad as this replica is, that front end just makes it look even sadder. The headlights look as if they're about to start crying any second due to the failed plastic surgery it has undergone.

2 MR2 F430

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While this MR2 is far from the worst Ferrari Replica we've ever seen, and at least the engine is in the right place, there are some tell-tale signs that it's not a real Ferrari. The back end is just all kinds of wrong, it seems too long and too...weird. The ride height is also not very Ferrari-ish, but at least it shouldn't have any problems clearing speedbumps.

1 Firebird Lambo

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What's going on with that bodywork. Was it made from an old carpet? Did it melt in the sun? Who knows? But it takes ugly to a whole new level! This '97 Firebird is one of the ugliest replicas we've ever seen. We really like the tinfoil along the sides which could be turned into a hat - you'll need it if you're crazy enough to own this car.

Sources: Jalopnik, Autoevolution, Fast CarCar Throttle.

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