People these days will go to horrible lengths to build an exact replica of a muscle car, I still haven't decided if this is a good thing, or a bad thing, on one hand people are giving it their best not to let these cars just disappear from the planet, and on the other hand they are using their knowledge and muscle car prowess to rip unsuspecting people off, and that is by no means a good thing.
I live for these old cars, and I love them to the core, a person, or shop should never use their knowledge to rip another person off, it makes them, and the entire industry look bad, you know how it goes, you may never hear one thing about a shop, until god forbid they do something wrong, and it's wrong to rip people off, it doesn't help anybody, not the cars, not the people, and most of all, not the shops.
Over the time I've been in the industry I've seen a lot of things, and the most disturbing of all is the cloning of muscle cars for fraudulent purposes, with intent to do an other person harm, it's just fine to clone them for posterity, and to keep the memory alive, or just because a person wants a car that is impossible for them to find, or afford if they did.
As you know, if you read my articles on the web with regularity, I will try to help people all I can when it comes to muscle cars, or classic American cars, because without people there are no cars, and without muscle cars, I might as well be dead, I would love to have a 1969 ZL1 camaro, but with out a doubt I can't afford to buy a real one, even if I could find it, the last I seen sold for $880.000 at auction.
I will probably clone one some day, but if I sell it, I will make 100% sure that the person buying the car knows that it's a clone, I won't sell it as a restored original, or a factory un-restored true survivor, I love those cars way to much for that, I love L88 corvette's, and I love ZL1 corvette's, and nothing will ever change that, but nothing will ever change the fact that I can't afford one of them either.
People with the knowledge of how these cars were built can make an almost exact copy of one, in all but two respects, original engines are very hard to find, and to build a numbers matching clone is almost impossible for the ordinary shop, it may take years to find some of the parts to do the job, although anything is possible if you have the time.
People also go to great time and expense to build clones of the mopar hemi cars also, and there getting truly hard to find, some fetching over $2,000,000 on the market, obviously not in most people's price range, I see clones going for very high prices also, so look hard, get as much information on the car that you want as you can, if the person selling the car is unable to give you the information that you need, be very leery about the purchasing of the car.
Classic car can be a risky venture, unless you study and learn all you can about the particular car that you want to buy, it's hard for the person selling the car to argue with true knowledge, it's hard for them to fool a person who really knows the about the car that they want to buy, know what engines were available in that car, know what transmissions were available, know how to identify all the things that are important when buying a classic car.
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I've been in the automotive business for about 20 or 25 years, I have worked in all facets of the industry, from parts to restoration, all different makes and models, I just want to keep people interested in the old cars because it's where my heart is.