I came across this Solstice Cobra while attending a recent carshow in Lakeland, Florida.
Great post!Being from the Fiero world this is a been there done that type of thing for me. Initially, a lot of folks thought it was very cool that you could take a relatively inexpensive car and make it appear to be a replica of an expensive Italian car. However, the more it happened, the more and more it began to be criticized (not just by purist but by fans of the original car itself).
So what started to be embraced by the Fiero community instead was an an evolutionary modification type of approach, or if GM had kept the car what type of design and improvements would have been made if it had survived based on the based on the vehicle initial styling ques. This approach was not only better accepted by the purist of the other expensive make who were offended people were attempting to pass off a cheap car as a more exotic make but also fans of the cars original aesthetic. Because what had been initially forgotten was there really was nothing wrong with it's original basic design. So by taking an evolutionary approach that allowed people to begin to understand that had the car survived an organic type of design path would have developed in an effort to enhanced and improved on the original design had it survived.
The only reason to take a revolutionary approach to car design is when the original designers feel that a design has meet or exceeded its prime, and so a new clean sheet approach should be considered to start the process all over again as long as it included certain design elements that defined root elements of what made the car originally as popular as when it was first introduced. For example; two seats, rear engine and RWD, beautiful lines, compact dimensions, agility, performance, affordability, etc.
Hopefully, this is the path future modified Kappa's will take, more a path of what the original DNA could have developed into instead of attempting to replicate a car its original designers never intended it to be.
One is a pretender, the other is not!So, having lived through the 1970s . . . here would be two examples of conversions, one is inorganic and the other organic?
When I go to Cars and Coffee here in OKC, there are usually 5-6 Cobra fakes. Sure they get lots of attention, but in the end I know they are all just kit cars. My car is an original.Point being age has taught me that it's not exactly the greatest feeling to give your competition the chance to say; "You know what they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery."
I'd say that's a coach built. A time when just the mechanics of an production vehicle could be purchased and craftsman/artisans would design and hand build a body (out of aluminum or metal) and hand-built interior for either a series of cars or a one-off version for very wealthy individuals.One is a pretender, the other is not!
Where does this fit in the scheme of things? Donor is a Subaru WRX, but has a complete frame and body which doesn't emulate anything else out there.