• Oct 27, 2009
C5 Corvette based Saleen S7 replica - click above image for hi-res gallery

Steve Saleen's Saleen S7 is a totally bespoke, hand built superduper hypercar that in twin-turbo, 750 horsepower, 700 pound-feet of torque form could go about 250 mph. And it was capable of generating enough downforce to (theoretically) drive upside down. In competition, the S7R has been one of the most dominant vehicles ever fielded, having been "raced in over 264 events, with 218 Top Tens, 166 Podiums, 105 Wins, 86 Poles, 78 Fastest Laps and 9 GT Championships." Price when new was about $600,000, give or take.

Which makes the above car all the more special. Sayeth the seller, "We thought long and hard as to what chassis we would use for our replica. First of all we knew the 80's [sic] Fiero was not an option. its [sic] too old, underpowered, and not a safe frame." Oh man – the replica world has really changed if a Pontiac Fiero chassis is not good enough. But the auctioneer does inadvertently raise a good point, as the S7 is in fact a mid-engined car, and you just got to have that if you're building a replica, don't you? Apparently not.

"So we went with a C5 Corvette chassis. It offers all the driving comforts, with great brakes, Power, and a super strong frame. and we could retail the car for a reasonable price." But not only is it Chevrolet Corvette based, they made it a roadster! See, all those boring old S7s were stuffy mid-engined hardtops – this is the world's first and only front-engined roadster S7. Replica. We've got to say we're a little amazed there are only two bids.

Oh wait, no – we said that wrong. What we meant is that we're a little amazed there are two bids. Currently, the "replica" is sitting at $20,100 and humorously oddly, the reserve has not been met. Did we mention that it's an automatic? Also, dude, your check engine light is on. Videos after the jump. Happy bidding!



[Source: eBay Motors]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      As impressive performance wise and technically as a Saleen S7 is, it's cheesy, so you can't expect much from a knock off body kit. Still, I've seen worse....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the poorly fitting hood and the LED trailer lights they used in the rear conversion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The S7 engine was from what manufacturer? Ford because of the Mustang releationship or was it built entirely in house?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The S7 engine was built in house.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Genius. Take a Vette and make it look like a Fiero with a very bad Saleen kit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I lol'd at the valve covers. Did he really think a front mounted LS with S7 valve covers was going to convince people at a car show he really has some sort of special S7.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let the Italians crush this thing.
      Lar7789789
      • 5 Years Ago
      HA?? maybe in the 80s the C5 would have looked better. GM is so out of touch with whats cool on cars look, that they are the only idiots that were still putting flip-up tail lights on their cars as recent as 2004.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Lar7789789
        1. That's not GM bodywork.
        2. 2004 Corvettes had flip-up HEADlights
        3. I liked those more than I do the current model.
        4. HA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The parking lot the car is parked on was surely choosen on purpose, since all the rest of the parking is empty, moreover the camera insists a lot on the symbol on the ground. I admit this is not a politically correct idea, but probably they are trying to send a subtle message about the mental status of the customers they're trying to lure...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Truth be told, if they didn't TRY to make it look exactly like an S7, and they revised the bodywork somewhat to follow the natural curves of a C5, that would be a decent widebody kit for a Corvette.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does have a certain Lingenfelter-ish look to it doesn't it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree perfectly... the body and the headlights are just awesome... If they go with a unique look..... they are in business.... at least the front, I would buy. I want those headlights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not a terribly made "replica." I always have to wonder why people who have the bodywork skills to do something like this don't go for an original design, instead of making a "clone" of another car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The disapointment comes when I think a lot of people will think it's the real thing and think ''oh, that's a Saleen...it's not that impressive.'' Pretty much like any replicas around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's be honest something about the car just doesn't look right,but I just couldn't put my finger on it so I looked up some real S7 pictures and the cars just don't match. This isn't even a decent fake. This is a car in a similar style to the S7 and not even worth the time to look at and why did they have to chose a vett to base it off of. Saleen built his company by modding mustangs untill he started producing the S7 (the company now does both). This means that any one that is really into the S7 should hate this abomination. Not to mention there is no way it is as fast. The sad part is it is probably a chick magnet since few people have seen one in real life and won't know it's a fake.
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