Is A $1.9 Million Discount Enough To Get You To Buy This Pontiac-Based Bugatti Veyron For $150,000?
The history of replicas is long and fascinating but, like the cars they imitate, they are becoming increasingly sophisticated and expensive.
Unlike in the past, when every backyard builder with a dream and access to fiberglass seemingly made a Ferrari out of a Fiero, more modern builders have evolved around the world, though plenty of them still use Pontiacs.
This Bugatti Veyron replica is based on a 2004 Pontiac GTO powered by – what else? — an LS1 V8 engine. This is good news because even if it means half as many cylinders as the rear side, this replica has an engine that is as reliable as it is modifiable. It also leads me to believe that we could have covered this car before all the way back in 2014.
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The size of the donor car means it’s not a teenager or a weenie. More than just being a good performance base, the engine is also said to have been designed to look like a W16 engine, although the seller doesn’t go into detail on how this was achieved. And since it’s based on a sedan, it doesn’t look disproportionately small.
The interior, too, was significantly changed. The owner, who is not the builder, says it’s a legitimately nice place to sit, and while it’s certainly better than any Fiero-based replica I’ve ever seen, I I’m not quite sure I agree with their assessment that it “looks like the real thing.”
What is certainly true is that a genuine Veyron could easily drive you $2 million in today’s market and it will almost certainly be a lot cheaper to fix, too, should anything go wrong. However, something can go wrong before you want it to because the seller says “this car may need minor modifications”.
Although it’s considerably cheaper than a Bugatti, I’m not really sure if it’s considered a bargain since it has an asking price of $150,000 on eBay – which, let’s face it, is a lot for a line.