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Worthwhile Replica? 1983 Porsche GT1 Tribute

Have you ever been tempted to build a replica of an exotic sports cars? Me either, but plenty of people find the temptation too much to resist. This is despite needing to devote thousands of dollars in labor and parts to make the recreation happen, and it still won’t look like the real thing. Still, those hurdles didn’t stop one seller from attempting to make a Porsche GT1 replica out of a 1983 Porsche 911, and it’s listed here on eBay with a suggested starting bid of $22,500 and no action yet.

Now, I get it: you a see a supercar with an awe-inspiring price tag and grow frustrated that you’ll likely never own the real thing. Also, price aside, there’s also the issue of quantity, as there are so few of these road-going GT1s available anywhere that even the world’s millionaires and billionaires can’t just walk up and buy one. The listing notes that these tribute kits were made by a real company called Art Car Inc. out of Florida.

Speaking of Florida, we saw one of these for sale in the Sunshine State in similar condition, and I can’t help but wonder if this is the same car (how many GT1 replicas can there be running around?) The build is based around a genuine 1983 Porsche 911 SC, and sports a variety of upgrades like Corbeau seats and a roll cage. The dash and gauges are straight out of the 911, so this replica at least feels more authentic than most tribute builds.

Now, here’s the question: given how much prices have risen for air-cooled 911s, does it make more sense to have left this in its original form? The seller confirms the 3.0L is numbers-matching, which makes it even more a question mark as to whether it was worth sacrificing a car for this build. The listing notes the photo at the top is when the GT1 copy was first completed and that it’s been sitting for a few years, so the engine and body will need some love to make this crazy copy look a bit more appealing.


  1. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    It’s good to attain your dream, but others can’t always see your dream for what it means to you.

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    • rayburn

      Overall, I think he did a pretty good job. I might tweak and tune it just a little to my personal taste, but it’s a great looking car.

      Like 2
  2. mike

    It has been pulled off the auction. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that maybe the seller could at least clean the cat footprints off of the seats, and at least try to get some of the stains out of them before they post it for sale?

    Like 10
    • Brian W

      Forty year old car and you’re worried about stains on the seat. Give us a break.

      Like 2
  3. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    When I was a kid in the 80’s they made a plastic contraption you could put over the frame of your BMX or Huffy to make it look like a ninja motorcycle, This replica reminds me of that.

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    • Harry

      Wildly tacky. Alex, I’ll take “I’d rather walk” for $600.

      Like 4
  4. Kevin McArdle

    You’d need a tinfoil hat to purchase

    Like 2
  5. FrankD Member

    Selling projects like this are difficult. You lose financially and win by learning never again. Does his wife have the garage back?

    Like 1
  6. FrankD Member

    I jut read the entire article on Ebay. Just think where he would be if he just restored this Porsche. Maybe in the money! Look at Porsche price for a 83 911 3.0. Some person purchased this for the engine and parts.

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  7. Troy

    That thing is just ugly tear it apart and start over with something different

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  8. steve

    There’s something about the wheel wells and tires that just doesn’t look right.

    Like 3
  9. Neil R Norris

    Nobody wants to buy “replicas” … and good luck selling it when the time comes. I feel the same about any ad with the word “clone” in it. There’s a local guy who does the car show circuit with a fake “Ferarri” F40 … he doesn’t tell those who are clueless that it’s a fake. Grinds me the wrong way …

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  10. bobhess bobhess Member

    Problem here is it looks like a kit car, not a replica.

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  11. Randall

    It’s a complete turd.

    Like 0

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