Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
2/23/09 8:50 a.m.

Steve McQueen didn’t wear replica Persol sunglasses. He had the real thing. His Porsches, Cobras and Ferraris were also all genuine.

Big difference between McQueen and the rest of us: He was a world-famous movie star with some fairly deep pockets. He also lived during the heyday of sports cars, when the latest and greatest were as close as the local dealership.

Today’s enthusiasts have to face some different realities, thanks in large part to the law of supply and demand. Take the legendary Cobra as an example: Most of us would love to own one, but Shelby only built a few hundred copies. End result? Prices are through the roof. Logical solution to this situation? Replicas.

Replica cars have faced some tough opposition through the years, ranging from mild indifference to full-fledged disdain. What’s the reality of the situation? Does going with a replica mean getting a less desirable car? Does owning one make you a second-class citizen? Will young children drop their Wii controllers when they point and laugh at you?

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