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    Raced a real 355

    Today I rode down to Rancho Santa Fe just to check out the rich areas. As I went into the town area, a dark blue F355 Spider came up to a stop light. I turned and waited on the side of the road in my 2004 E-Blue SRT-4, and waited just to get a look at it. It passed and I followed it into a twisty hill area which was most likely this man's neighborhood. Following him at about 10MPH, he suddenly decides to stomp on it. I follow, staying very close to his rear bumper. It was a one lane road and I did not know the area at all. At certain points I noticed him just very confidently step on it as if he knew what was around the corner. I let off alot because I did not. After about 30 seconds of riding behind him, he decides to suddenly turn away and leave me dissappointed.

    (This was actually my dad driving, not me. I was with him, however)

    Now my question is, now that I have seen a real one, could anyone post some pictures of completed AD 355 Spider kits? I think this will give me a better idea of how accurate this kit is.

    Also, what type of engine can I use to get good performance and a closer Ferrari sound? I know it would be impossible to replicate, but at least something that would fool most people.

    Thanks for the help!

    EDIT:

    I have one more question, which is about insurance. I am going to be 16 in December (not necessarily when I get my car) and insurance is already costly for young people. But with a kit, is insuring possible? Will it cost a fortune?

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    i can tell you one thing (being 20 myself): you can't do it alone at that age.

    it's far from cheap to even start, and insuring it will be a nightmare. you can literally count on $3500 a year or more for insurance.

    however, here's what i can suggest. get your dad into it and do it through him. that's how i'm insuring my new MR2 for $220 a year, i go through my parents as an extra vehicle, a non-daily driver. if i insured it myself, it would cost about $2400 a year. you also can't handle the costs yourself by any means. getting a fiero will be within your budget if you have a regular job over summer and during the year, but the other $12 000 or so getting the kit and other necessary parts will be probably out of your league. if you do complete a replica, it will almost never be a daily driver for someone going to high school or college because you'll be afraid of someone keying or damaging your car (which does happen).

    i've been down this road myself, i thought i could start a kit car project at 17. 3 years later, i'm working on the MR2 and hopefully will get around to putting a 355 body on it. it's a secondary car, and i'm very carefully going through my funds.

    by the way, the tan and black interior is almost done over $23 later! ;D hah
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    Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of a cheap Fiero for Christmas as a first car (along with SOME of my money to help pay) and then begin saving on the kit. All I really want is the exterior of a 355, I won't be parking this in too many public places so the interior wouldn't need to be done. Would that be possible for me?

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    Here is a photo of FunnyWheels III in front of my house. The body is Ferrari and Air Dynamics, wheels, all lighting and badging, Ferrari. Interior custom to resemble a 355 Ferrari. The only thing I changed was to make my car have center exhaust like the new Lambo's. I wanted to pull a custom trailer to the car shows and needed a place for the hitch. It is between the exhaust tips like the new Corvette's

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    i wouldn't perticularly go for a cheap fiero, but a good one mechanically speaking. however, yes i think starting with a fiero will be a good beginning. it won't kill you financially, and parts are cheap and everywhere.
    after that you can gauge you budget and your madness. *
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    FunnyWheels:

    The front looks great, and the sides. Is the rear done? It's the only part that seemed off to me.

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    it's the challenge grill, probably not what you're used to seeing in street cars.
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    I didn't mean that, I just meant how it looked. Unfinished or something?

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