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  • Who builds the best Murcielago Replica (kits and/or turnkeys) in the US?

    Hello everybody,

    I am a California native who really wants to get a build for a Murcielago going this summer. If the build does not seem a realistic project, then I am also ok with acquiring a turn-key.

    I have been looking through a number of sites, articles, etc in order to try to find some outstanding Murcielago builders locally in California or in the US for a Hard Top version. Is there anybody somebody can recommend here?

    I of course found awesome looking kits and turnkeys from people like Extreme-Sportscars or Spydersportscars.com but they are located in the UK unfortunately. While the 2 companies and their products are not necessarily projects I won't undertake, they may give rise to a number of potential problems; customs and importation into the USA, issues if pieces of the kit are missing, customer service and after market sales support, etc, etc.

    I start teaching again in the fall, so, now was really the time and chance to get a good foundation started for my project. So, any help would be greatly appreciated in terms of who can build a great hard top Murcielago replica here in the states. It doesn't have to be an LP-640. I am also interested in kit builders or companies who provide an excellent kit.

    I guess if nothing falls through, my plan B was probably just to go with a DNA kit for a Ferrari replica.

    Have a great rest of the week everybody!

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    I also forgot to mention, I would prefer the donor to be an MR2, but I'm also OK with a FIERO as a donor.
    Additionally, I would really like the vehicle to be as OEM as possible.

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    • #3
      You can build one that is 99% oem, not including the drivetrain, just appearance, for around $80,000 if you do the build yourself. Are you prepared to spend that much? The oem thing can get very expensive.

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      • #4
        to have an 99% oem build is not worth 80k ..with that kind of cash you can get a 2004 Gallardo 200% oem with the looks and horsepower... but having an extreme kit built just exterior 99% as oem looks would cost around minimum 50 k,so its reasonable since original murcielagos sell for over 100k-150k ... anyway you are right by not ordering from UK extreme for example are well known for not sending few important items ... anywya if you are in the US you can get a john watson kit .. from Air dynamics ... it looks even better than extreme and its lp640 ...its the best you can get.

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        • #5
          Without an idea of your budget it is going to be hard to give any real suggestions, but Cliff is also doing one

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ahmad_f View Post
            to have an 99% oem build is not worth 80k ..with that kind of cash you can get a 2004 Gallardo 200% oem with the looks and horsepower... but having an extreme kit built just exterior 99% as oem looks would cost around minimum 50 k,so its reasonable since original murcielagos sell for over 100k-150k ... anyway you are right by not ordering from UK extreme for example are well known for not sending few important items ... anywya if you are in the US you can get a john watson kit .. from Air dynamics ... it looks even better than extreme and its lp640 ...its the best you can get.
            The $80,000 figure is to have a murci-me quality replica. You can't duplicate one like his for $50,000. The justification for an $80,000 replica is the satisfaction of having it your way and the lower maintenance costs. If those are not a factor for you then an original Lamborghini is worth thinking about.

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            • #7
              Hey, thanks for the helpful comments, and sorry for not providing as much info.
              I am looking to spend around 40-50K for the kit in total.
              I have also been in touch with J.Watson. Hopefully before the end of the summer, I'll put in a decision. As for now, I am still looking around.
              Hey AdrianBurton, when you say 'Cliff' is building one, do you know where I can take a look at his build diary? But yes, I agree, if I was to spend 80,000, then I think I'd rather take the additional plunge and purchase an authentic used one.
              Its also just bizarre that the donor vehicle, the Toyota MR2 is roughly a tenth of the price in the UK (which has a very high cost of living and among the more expensive countries in terms of prices of vehicles) compared to the US. I find it ridiculous owners are asking for a huge price for their beat up almost 20 year old high mileage MR2s here in California. Sad.

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              • #8
                50k? Nuts.

                There are so many things out there that can be used and keep it around the 30k mark.

                I have a Watson kit. With the full interior, glass, the kit and seats, I have 12k. With my labor and a vinyl wrap, I will estimate 25k.

                I refuse to paint it. Just me.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kitcargray View Post
                  ....Hey AdrianBurton, when you say 'Cliff' is building one, do you know where I can take a look at his build diary? ....

                  Have a look here.

                  Home Page

                  I have seen his stuff and you wont be dissappointed

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dratts1 View Post
                    You can build one that is 99% oem, not including the drivetrain, just appearance, for around $80,000 if you do the build yourself. Are you prepared to spend that much? The oem thing can get very expensive.

                    I don't think that Murcie-Me spent close to 80k and his is OEM. Plenty of other guys here with G28's.

                    You could also build an extreme for like 30k solid using a stock MR2 Turbo.

                    I honestly think once a build surpasses 50k its pointless because you buy an original exotic car for around that price. A Real TR, NSX, Viper and so on.

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                    • #11
                      Hey VF1Skullangel,
                      I noticed you've been on this forum for some time and you probably know many more people in this industry than I do. If I brought the Extreme Kit back with me, would you happen to know somebody who'll have the necessary skill and will to undertake part of the project (in California)? I am confident I can do some of the Extreme Murcie build, such as stripping the vehicle, prepping it, and so on, but I am not so confident on the welding portion. I have the build DVD from Extreme and it looks like a decently experienced welder could make it happen.
                      From what I have seen now, Extreme has a price drop on their Murcy kit, so, it is very tempting.
                      Again, I love what Extreme can do, but I want to make sure that if I can't complete the project, that I could turn the project over to a local welder/mechanic.

                      Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

                      Have an awesome weekend everybody.

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                      • #12
                        There is this guy in the Inland Empire (southern California) who makes a really sweet looking Murcielago replica, the only thing that is crazy is the ticket on this thing:
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                        Guess how much the price is for the above murci?
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                        • #13
                          I give up, how much?

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                          • #14
                            Just by looking at it:

                            $2,000 Fiero
                            $2,000 Stretch
                            $4,500 Body & Interior Kit
                            $3,000 Paint
                            $4,000 Wheels
                            $2,500 OEM Rear Lights (Older)
                            $1,000 Rear Radiators & Fans Custom
                            $1,000 Windshield, Muffler Tip, & Hinging

                            $20,000 And still needs $3,000 Exterior (Headlights, OEM Grills, and Glass/Lexan...). And needs All Interior!

                            Is he asking for $30k ?

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                            • #15
                              He is asking $95,000. No kidding.
                              When I first saw the pictures, I was so excited and I was about to grab the phone to call him, but then I read a further and he said he wanted 95,000.
                              At that point I just gave up. If its $95,000, then you might as well just grab the real Murcielago.

                              The Murcielago in the pictures is one which is built on a new, never driven Chassisworks Tubular chassis, sway bars, air lift front suspension, QA1 adjustable Shocks, Corvette suspension, 14" Front and 13.4" Rear Vented and Cross drilled Brakes, Huge 4 piston calipers front and rear, Customized Murcielago Body.
                              It weights at about 3000 pounds. Beautiful car but way too pricey.

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