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It’s not as bad a replica as the Chinese Lamborghini Reventon clone, but that doesn’t say much. This time around, a Russian enthusiast fabricated his own Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren replica, completely out of steel, and presumably in his own workshop. The original source states that the replica was built and assembled by its owner manually and without the use of high-tech instruments. We’re not really sure what their definition of a high-tech instrument is, but we’re guessing a welder isn’t on that list.
While we won’t sit around and talk about the craftsmanship and actual fabrication work that went into this replica, we are pretty impressed by how well it resembles a genuine SLR McLaren. The owner has also named it Valentina, after his wife. Hopefully she’s flattered. But maybe she’s filing divorce papers now.
GALLERY: Steel Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Replica
A car, unlike a house, is not an investment. It’s a pit that your pour money into over time, especially when you take into account interest rates on loans and depreciation. That is, unless you just so happen to have bought, say, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO back in the era of flower power and decided to sell it now – with one such vehicle recently hitting a record $18 million dollars at auction.
But how can you know what cars will be worth purchasing as an investment? Ask an expert.
That’s what the folks at Yahoo Autos did, speaking with McKeel Hagerty of Hagerty Insurance, the world’s largest insurer of pricey classic and antique vehicles. Hagerty broke down his list of the top five models of the last 20 years that are expected to become top collectors items – and the Veyron (above) isn’t one of them.
Hit the jump for the list and give us our feedback