If you ever dreamed of owning a Lamborghini, but were discouraged at the thought of spending six figures, Randy Morrow, a retired police officer from Tennessee, knows your struggle and wants to provide an alternative option. But would you even entertain the idea of buying a replica Lambo?
Morrow hopes so. He's selling a custom built replica 2010 Lamborghini LP 640 for just $40,000 on the site LamborghiniReplica.com, which is badly in need of an assist from Squarespace.
After the body shop that he was working with constructed most of the replica car, Morrow handled the final touches to ensure that his vehicle looked as close as possible to the original.
“Verde ithica" green accents were added to the all-black interior, and the car was given a “classier look” with a carbon fiber steering wheel. Additional alterations were made to the car’s doors, wheels, etc. Morrow says that fixing up the replica set him back $4,000, but does it pass the eye test? We’ll let you decide.
If your answer is "yes," then it begs the question: How is someone able to legally do something like this? When it comes to replicas, or “kit cars,” these DIY projects need to be pushed out onto the market sparingly. In 2015, a bill was passed which gave "low volume manufactures" the right to create a limited number of replicas with the caveat that the original is least 25 years old.
There are certainly loopholes that could be exploited in the bill, such as the case with Morrow’s one-off custom replica. It helps that Morrow can also argue that his kit car doesn’t have the same components under the hood that could be found in the original 2010 Lamborghini LP 640.
If someone like Morrow were to try and sell a kit car that looks and runs like a Lambo, the line between real and fake becomes blurred and that could very well be grounds for a lawsuit.