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To increase one's own understanding, and to arm one with the knowledge to discuss this topic accurately with others, it is prudent and worthy to define various definitions of the category of car creations that are frequently misunderstood.
The exact details and definition of each car type far exceed the intent of this article. However, a brief but accurate overview is as follows.
Most often, replica carmakers attempt to make the classic car appear as near to the original as possible and feasible. However, they often employ different suspension and other less apparent changes by using parts from more recent cars. This saves money by not having to specially machine exact and original car components and parts. No donor car is usually required. The body, trim, gauges, and physical dimensions of the classic car are made to closely replicate, as well and as possible the year and model of the classic car intended. Most often the body of these cars are built to better standards and closer to the dimensions of the classic car intended than the kit cars are. However, they are not as exact in most areas as the authentic continuation cars are. The replica cars typically cost more than kit cars, but less than authentic continuation cars.
Factory Built GT40 Continuation Race Cars:
Safir GT40 Spares, owner of the famous GT40 trademark is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is operated by the three Senior Partners: John Sadler, Brady Pack, and Bob Wood. Their company granted exclusive rights to HiTech Automotive Company to manufacture authentic licensed Continuation GT40 race-cars, which are made to exacting standards using original blueprints and components. An authentic GT40 Continuation car is assigned a valid unique chassis number, which authenticates it as a "real" one. That unique chassis number will remain assigned to the subject car for the remainder, and will be published along with all the other famous GT40 chassis numbers within the *SAAC GT40 Registry. Kit and replica cars are not assigned chassis numbers, authentic or otherwise. In recent years, Authentic Continuation cars were auctioned by Barrett-Jackson and other high-end auction houses. Neither kit nor replica vehicles have been sold by the high-end auction houses to date. Continuation Cars generally cost more that Kit and Replica Cars, but less than Vintage Factory Built cars.
|* "Ford built a wonderful car, and maintained excellent records. Professionals such as Ronnie Spain and Greg Kolasa (World Registry) have dedicated much of their lives in maintaining an honest, accurate GT40 history. There are credible associations around the world celebrating the factual history of this great automobile . . ." Quote from John Sadler, Brady Pack, and Bob Wood, Safir GT40 Spares.|
107 GT40s were built between 1964 1969 and were produced by Ford Advanced Vehicles, John Wyer Automotive Engineering, Kar Kraft, and Shelby American. Assembly of the GT40s were as follows: MkI, MkII, and MksIII in Slough, UK. The MkIVs were assembled in Wixom, Michigan, USA.
A 1968 original GT40 p1074 Mark I extra wide body, Gulf Heritage, Mirage, sold at an R&M auction in Monterey, California in August of 2012 for $11 million. Click Here
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