I'm not usually much for replicars, particularly not when it comes to the pre-war Grand Prix cars that I'm so fond of. Most involve VW running gear, fiberglass bodies, awkward proportions, and are little more than mockeries of the cars they're intended to replicate.
This home-built Maserati 250F, on the other hand, represents a very nice product that should be within the reach of lots of prospective buyers. I don't think I'll ever own a real 250F, originals are worth around ~$3 million, but it seems like this would get pretty close to providing the same visceral experience.
The car was built in the UK, is aluminum bodied, and is powered by a BMW 2.5L straight-six with three Weber 40DCOE's. It is road legal, hence the tiny cycle fenders.
While I'm not crazy about a German powerplant in a replica 250F, it has to be very quick and I bet it sounds terrific. The builder currently has no plans to sell these to anyone but I'd like to convince him otherwise.
I sold the S14 last weekend because a nice kid offered me a good price for it and realistically I don't think I was going to have the patience to finish it. It was also incredibly obnoxious on my 60 mile roundtrip commute, mainly because of the PBM's. If I decide I still want to own a nice S14, I think I'd prefer to just buy Nate's car and change a few things around.
In the meantime, I've picked up something new, and by new, I mean very old.
Photos aren't ready yet and I'm still trying to get it roadworthy, but in the meantime here is some related material.
Mercedes Motoring is an operation out in California that restores primarily W116 and W123 diesels. The work they do is *astounding* and their travel photos are terrific. No airbags or rusted hoods here, these are 100% stock restorations.