Datsun-Based Ferrari 250 GTO Replica Looks Like The Real Deal

The world is flooded with so many Ferrari 250 GTO replicas that it’s often difficult to know what’s real and what’s fake. Case in point, this remarkably accurate 250 GTO replica.

Currently for sale from Orlando Classic Cars in Florida, the car is based around a 1978 Datsun 280Z and could easily fool anyone who doesn’t know classic Ferraris like the back of their hand.

At the front, the replica includes headlights pretty much identical to the real thing and even includes accurate fakes of the three air intakes found directly above the small front grille. There’s also large Cavallino stickers on the sides, wing mirrors on the front fenders and a roofline that almost has us fooled.

While the owner clearly spent a lot of time and money perfecting the exterior, the cabin isn’t as impressive and looks like any other old 280Z except for its bespoke gauges, steering wheel and selection of Ferrari logos.

No price has been made public but it would probably be cheap enough for most Ferrari aficionados to afford.

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  • Autoexperte

    it looks not like a ferrari. I don´t understand why they do something like that. The datsun is a original with a design from the famous german car designer Albrecht Graf von Goertz

  • ChrisInIL

    Unmistably Datsun. It’s a nice replica, but “looks like the real deal”? Give me a break.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You might have fallen for it had you not had time to examine it and had you not been told it was based on a 280Z. If it flashed past you on the motorway going the other direction…

      • Stephen Baxter

        Its pretty obvious, the way shorter dash to axle, the A pillar, the fender lines, the front overhang, the 3 intakes on the nose(despite what the author thinks).
        the replicas built off other 250’s are hard to tell apart. Seeing both in real life its quickly apparent they are not the same. But i suppose if anything is moving by fast enough, you wouldn’t have the time to look. But if that’s your argument for them looking similar, it’s not a very good one

        • Six Thousand Times

          Again, you’re looking at static pictures with time. Sure, I’ve seen better MR2-based Fezza fakes and if I walked by it in a lot, the fat tires would tip me off and then other details would jump but I bet I wouldn’t have thought Datsun until I saw the interior…maybe the hatch.

      • Status

        A genuine GTO wouldn’t be on a motorway in the first place, so I think it would be very easy to spot a fake GTO.

        • Six Thousand Times

          A point.

      • bikerferlife

        One of the pitfalls of building a replica based off such an inexpensive model (versus bespoke hand built) is the inevitable recoil from spectators when they go from WOW to BOO.

  • fabri99

    It looks good overall, but you can clearly tell that it is a Datsun. The very-japanese hood-mounted rear-view mirrors kind of betray it.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I went Googling and eventually found a couple real 250 GTOs with fender-mounted mirrors. I’m pretty sure this kit was built from a USDM Z with door-mounted mirrors so I suspect these mirrors were more an affectation of the designer than a Japanese tradition.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks a lot like the “FantomWorks” car. That has as LS1 in it, though.

  • Stephen Baxter

    Really doesn’t look like the original, but i still like it.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    The GTO for me is “the Ferrari” because its the car more technology Ferrari has ever put in a car,otherwise,is the most beautifull Ferrari of all Time,and this replica is very close to the original should worth ten million dollars ´cause the original cost 63 millions dollars its justify…

  • ace_9

    yeah, like the real deal, sure… for a blind person 😀 The proportions are off, some details are missing or differently shaped. It might pass on first glance, but for anyone into cars, it just looks like a replica. It’s like cars in Need for speed movie. They even had correct proportions, but the details were missing or they were simplified. Replicas and kit cars usually feel plasticy and more fragile…

  • LWOAP

    No thanks. It doesn’t look like the real deal. And honestly, I’d rather have a 280Z over this.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Definitely rather have a nice 280Z.

  • A 280Z IS MUCH PRETTIER.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Blind are you!!!

  • Bash

    Its doesn’t look like any deal!!

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