That is one thing. It just depends on how you look at it: Resembling something that you are not. Is that nice, funny or sad? We have talked about kitcars, replica cars, re-creations and such.
And how real is a plastic Ford GT40 'replica' with a Renault V6 under the hood? Difficult, difficult, difficult ... Because the emotional charge that is attached to such a 'fake' can be the full, honest 10o% positive. While the subject itself looks rather uninhibited on the original.
Nice or fake?
The shaded area only becomes tricky when such a look-a-like takes its work very seriously. If such a replica does its very best to look like the original. Pretending he's a real one. That symptom certainly occurs when it comes to derivatives of 'cheap' cars that have come to look like their most exclusive variants. For example, many classic Mini's have been converted into Cooper S models. Almost real. And there are a lot of Shelby Mustangs.
The same is and is being done with Fiat 500s and 600s. Those friendly free-range animals tend to evolve smoothly into Fiat Abarth's. And a real Fiat Abarth is worth considerably more than its mild sky-blue painted citizen nephew. 'Upgrading' regular Fiats to Abarth 'looks and specs' is already an old sport. The approach varied from sticking a few stickers to a complete - and expensive - conversion.
It has since been discovered that there is an even cheaper basis for the growth to the Abarth factor.
Zastava as Abarth replica
Through a cooperation agreement with Fiat, Zastava received numerous licenses for the local production of Fiat passenger cars and trucks. The Fiat 600 was built in Italy since 1955, the Zastava 600 was an unchanged license building. Its production began on October 18 on 1955. The cars were initially assembled from CKD kits until the parts were manufactured locally. The Yugoslav version followed the evolution of his Italian sister.
In 1961 the 600D was presented with an engine of 767 cc. In 1962 the so-called 'suicide doors' expired and the name was upgraded to Zastava 750. The car was then almost identical to the Fiat 600. For a long time, developments at the Yugoslavian factory were similar to those of Fiat. Differences arose from 1970, when Fiat stopped the production of this model.
The Real Abarths
The Abarth Fiat 600 was built between 1955 and 1971. The bodywork remained basically identical to that of the Fiat 600, but the engines had cylinder contents of 750, 850, and even 1000 cc (respectively 767, 847, or 982 cc) and considerably more power. These Abarths were mainly used as racing cars. And my favorite Abarth was that of Scalextric. But then I was young.
Such an Abarth wannabee can be lovingly and beautifully made. It can look very much like the original. And what about Abarth? They are still there as rescued units, new old stock and reference. This applies to the technical parts and the bodywork components, including emblems. And then of course there are the stickers and sticky letters.
With this type of Abarths, think of amounts between the 6.500-7.500 euro for Zastava ~ copies, 20.000-30.000 euro for 'almost real copies'. Don't forget that many Abarth items were once sold separately. So 'almost real' can be close to 'original' or at least time original.
The prices for a real Abarth TCR are currently considerably higher. But realize that 80% of the offer is not pure Abarth. Realize that the fact that it proves nothing if there is 50 times Abarth on such a Fiat (or Zastava).
Or that the cars make it less fun? No. But the price must be in balance with reality.
The purchase of this type of 'fraud-prone' classics requires a serious piece of homework for the purchase.