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Author Topic: The legend returns.. Scarab Replica!  (Read 11624 times)
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« on: January 08, 2011, 01:02:06 PM »

http://www.scarab-motorsports.com/

Do you know of that special car you would buy if you had enough expendable money? I think I just found that car for me.

The Scarab.
This isn't a kit car, but a replica.. a true collectible. Modeled after the specifications of the original Scarab that raced in the 50's. Only three of those where built?

I wish I could find some high-resolution pictures, but sadly no. The little details are fantastic.
Handcrafted aluminum body built to exact original details. Hood and doors mounted; latches, hinges and pins as original. Stewart Warner gauges as original (well.. as close to original as they can get). Pexel mirror mounted on the dash. It just looks beautiful and its authentic at the same time.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkKOqzuSbx4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkKOqzuSbx4</a>

Sorry about the video, there is not hardly any multimedia on the new Scarab. I guess it parks well..
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 02:02:07 PM »

yeah, I have been watching this, and have even contacted them for build options......it comes with an old muncie style 4 speed (like what is in my old corvette). When ordering you can get an overdrive tranny, although then it will not be legal for vintage racing classes

for someone who loves classics (like me), it is one of the coolest cars available........I have said all along that I was going to buy a new toy in celebration of the day Obama leaves the white house for good. I was thinking another ferrari (preferable an original dino or a GT4), but this is definutely in the running as a potential toy. I also have a little brother looking at one of these. he wanted me to build him a replica corvette Grand Sport for vintage racing, but this might be a better option........

BTW....I have a REAL original L88 engine and I have three sets of small block heads done by the legendary Terry Ellidge, so IF I go vintage racing, it has to be chevy powered
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 02:50:58 PM »

70s porn music is win.  The car looks great, they should have called it a manta ray, it looks identical from the front
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011, 02:53:08 PM »

the manta was a rear engine....well maybe mid, but it has been so long since I saw one I really cannot remember...I am thinking rear engine though.....
we are talking about the manta kit made famous by the 80s TV show Hardcastle & McCormick, right....my uncle did the lifts in the 4x4s used on that show

http://thegarageblog.com/garage/cody-coyote-replica-on-ebay/
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2011, 03:17:28 PM »

Sorry to say this, but a replica is a kit car. Replica just means it's an almost exact match to the original with some minor details that make it different.

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The Scarab Component Vehicle is offered as a rolling chassis that does not include an engine, transmission, drive shaft, exhaust system, or battery. The rolling chassis DOES include standard paint in a choice of two blues with traditional white scallop. See Specifications page for a listing of standard components.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 06:15:48 PM »

replicas are built, kit cars are assembled.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2011, 06:22:04 PM »

this car IS offered as a turnkey vehicle. I have the order form downloaded on this computer, and that is an option.....I do not know the registration conditions, but if offered as a replica. emissions laws are applicable to the vehicle being replicated...if offered as a kit car, emissions laws are applicable to the year when the individual vehicle is finished.......

If I buy one, it will be used for vintage car racing...I would rather take the chance damaging a replica then a vintage race car....being a kit is actually a positive for my interests
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2011, 06:34:44 PM »

Poor rim choice on the range.
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2011, 06:42:09 PM »

Gorgeous car, its a bit on the expensive side for a rolling chassis though.
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2011, 06:43:39 PM »

those are reproductions of the original Halibrand wheels used on the scarabs, and some of the shelbys.....I think they were also used on the Cheetah race cars, made during that era
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 07:02:43 PM »

replicas are built, kit cars are assembled.

If that's the case, then what are the Factory Five and SuPerformance Cobras? Because they're replicas of the Shelby/AC Cobra, yet they're assembled with pre-manufactured parts.
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2011, 07:37:24 PM »

I am not going to get into the discussion of replicas vs kits too deeply, but factory 5 and superpreformance may not be the best examples.....very few of their cars are real replicas.....no cobra ever  came with a 460 or a 429. . the only small blocks offered were 260s and 289s. .... and fuel injection was an option but ONLY hilborn injection was offered....the brakes suspension and steering were no where near what they are today. The early shelby cobras used XKE suspension
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2011, 08:57:11 PM »

I am not going to get into the discussion of replicas vs kits too deeply, but factory 5 and superpreformance may not be the best examples.....very few of their cars are real replicas.....no cobra ever  came with a 460 or a 429. . the only small blocks offered were 260s and 289s. .... and fuel injection was an option but ONLY hilborn injection was offered....the brakes suspension and steering were no where near what they are today. The early shelby cobras used XKE suspension

They're replicas based on their looks. And I'd definitely say SuPerformance is a perfect example since Shelby personally endorses them while every car manufactured by them is put into the Shelby registry.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2011, 02:02:38 PM »

the shelby registry USED TO mean something....now it is just about spending the money for the status of having a name listed....and of course we saw what happened to another company shelby endorsed a cople years ago.....those cars went into the registry as well

so if all it takes is looks to make a vehicle a replica, I have a kawasaki drifter I will sell you (well I don;t really, but I will if you go for this)......I think you should buy it....I only want $65,000 cash for it....We will call it a 46 Indian Chief replica, so you feel better about spending the money....Hey, Kawasaki did a good job of coppying the fenders so the drifter LOOKS like an indian.........

not going for that?Huh??....If not, maybe that is because YOU think there is more to a replica then appearance

really, I think you just wanted to argue sematics with me, because you know this. I can even give some understanding that you did not like me pointing out the limited validity of your point, but that still does not mean that just because vehicles may look the same they really are
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2011, 06:15:50 PM »

That's what you don't get, Lee. The definition of replica. ANYTHING can be a replica and it doesn't have to represent the original with real inner components.

There's millions of Ferrari 288/308/328, Lamborghini Countach/Diablo, and Porsche 356/550 replicas. Yet none of them have the original inner components.
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