• Jan 10th 2008 at 4:55PM
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In our day-to-day, we come across a fair number of replicars. Some are especially convincing, while others are just plain bonkers. Far more so than the Miata-based AMX07 we brought you back in 2006, this Aston Martin V12 Vanquish replica could have had us fooled.

Made by Ontario, Canada-based Exclusive Motor Cars, this Aston replica is based on a previous-gen Ford Mustang. Ten companies are then involved in the transformation -- stretching the wheelbase, widening the track and lowering the ride height with suspension mods; crafting, painting and fitting the 34 composite body panels; custom upholstering the interior and fitting interior trim pieces; and mounting all the extra details from the headlights to the badges.

The end result, at least as far as we can tell from the pictures (you can judge for yourself in the gallery below), would appear to fool anyone but the most trained eye. Exclusive even plans to offer a "spy package" complete with (what we'd hope are fake) grille-mounted rocket launchers and hood-mounted machine guns in an effort to complete the "Die Another Day" 007 package. Although the company's pricing page is currently blank, you can bet it costs a heck of a lot less than the authentic, now-discontinued V12 Vantage itself. You very well might be the only one who would know the difference.

[Source: Exclusive Motor Cars via Carscoop]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      NO,NO,NO........Why would they ruin a Vanquish like that, I am getting AML on the phone right now! (:
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who would spend the money on this car? The iterior is awful and it must be $70k to boot, there must be some bad wantabe's out there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just called the company...they are estimating about $125,000!!!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems appropriate to have a Mustang-based replica, seeing as Ford owns Aston... just don't drive it thinking it actually IS an Aston :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford should hire their designers....and start over. Nice looking car....not an Aston....but nice looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How can they legally do this?
      • 7 Years Ago

      But why not replicate the Aston on a better chassis?

      Although a late SN95 cobra, with IRS, and supercharged 4.6liter, and a LOT of chassis fortification would make an interesting donor chassis for this, maybe.

      My question always becomes this, though. If you are on a Mustang budget, but had Aston Martin taste... why build a mustang that looks, AND COSTS the same as a used aston in the first place?

      I am not saying that is a faulty goal...

      But why not adapt the mustang, or similar budget car with a custom body with lines inspired by, but not necessarily direct copies of the aston's lines? Most of the cost of building such a copy is getting it to look like a replica as exactly as possible.

      An inspired-by design is less critical to get just right, and offers more flexibility to not hack up the original chassis so much.

      I have always liked the simpson design Italia rebody of the 1st Gen miata. It doesn't look exactly like a Ferrari, Maserati, or Jaguar, but has cues from each, and looks like a 60's roadster, and it looks scale to the miata's dimensions, not overly stretched or squeezed to fit on the Miata's dimensons.

      Stretching the Miata to replicate an E-type directly is harder, costs more, and looks less authentic, and probably approaches the cost of buying an actual e-type. People attempt to make it look like a 65 Mustang convertible, or a Shelby cobra, too. The Italia looks better than all of them, but doesn't replicate any single car exactly.

      I think that would work better than this Aston replica, as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These guys fail. They should've chopped up the Uglier S-197 frame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      all that pretty work hangin on a 30 yr old sheet metal chassis design,
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also checked on eBay. The real one cost about the same! Even cheaper! o_O
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool, but a dead give away would be the exhaust note. As soon as you started it, people would know it was a fake.
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