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Old 6th May 2016, 21:31
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Default Any love for the MEV replicar ?

I saw this at Stoneleigh,

I know it is in IVA territory but I was very impressed by it, another nice take on a 50's roadster built on an MX5.

The bodies are nice and straight out the mould and a lot of customers just paint a lip on the nose.

They are 5k plus VAT so 6K all in, plus all the other associated costs of course.

http://www.mevltd.co.uk/kit-cars/mev-replicar/gallery#

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Old 6th May 2016, 21:33
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I like it personally ...always liked the expensive version replica when it came out ..can't think who made it.


Iva can't be too much of an issue if others have got through

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Old 6th May 2016, 21:51
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Their site seems to think it is one of the easiest cars to pass IVA, you get the lights in the kit and they are all positioned in the right place to pass.

Plus as you use almost everything off the doner it really helps, self centering steering, all the instruments and switch gear etc, even use the MX5 seats.

Of course once it has passed you can start putting period dials, wood rim on, wires etc.
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Old 8th May 2016, 06:35
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Jeff H - I am another fan of the MEV Replicar.

And this version has the same colour scheme I am planning for my own build.

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I love the Aston styling and its a whole lot cheaper and available than the Evanta offering ...

http://www.evanta.co.uk/archive-cars.html#

The MX5 is a fantastic donor too ...I love MX5's ... I'd like to see one that someone has dressed post IVA though because they have huge potential to look fantastic but pre -IVA , especially the red one with those hideous seats , they just scream KIT , KIT , KIT ...
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Old 8th May 2016, 08:51
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I agree, pre IVA they don't look great, but once you get the pass the finished item will look great.

I am seriously considering one of these once the currant project is done.

The biggest ball ache looks like the strip down of the doner, and if you read some build threads on the forum a couple of guys have had some clearance issues with the tanks , all can be sorted though.

Oh and the little grilles in the front need to go they look to plasticky and modern.

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Really liked the idea of the Replicar when it first came out but when I saw it with 'fake' doors it really put me off. Now it has doors (albeit those ugly hinges would have to go), it is more of a proposition.
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Really liked the idea of the Replicar when it first came out but when I saw it with 'fake' doors it really put me off. Now it has doors (albeit those ugly hinges would have to go), it is more of a proposition.

They are early Mini door hinges,

I am sure they could be sorted to internal hinges, it would clean the line up from the side rather nicely.
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Old 11th April 2017, 19:40
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Default Replicar for sale.

I noticed that this part of the buisiness is now up for sale,

And for a very reasonable price 25k plus VAT, the advert is saying they sell about 25 kits a year, it looks very cheap to me for what's included.
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I'm wondering why they are selling off that part of the business...
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25K SEEMS REASONABLE TO ME ...I have more than that sunk into my project so far ...

I have to question the 25 a year sales though ...its been on offer for a few years now ..thought we might have seen a few more than we have if they were selling that many units ?
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They had such a great idea and like many Kit manufacturers they do all the hard work with nearly getting the shape right then miss all the finer details. If they wanted to sell these they should have got a passed IVA model (clients) on the stand ripped out the hideous interior, door hinges pin hole roundels. I have an 860 Monza Ferrari replica which i attend Le mans, Laon, Jersey, Goodwood , Silverstone etc whilst no where near as bad as these it too needed sorting. Correct Interior, exhaust, (right size roundels small ones look so poor) If you are going to love a 1950's looking car then make it look like one it drives me mad. If he had concentrated on doing the above i am sure the market for these would be really good as people are looking to buy the classic looking sports cars which are getting harder and harder to find but exactly that! they are looking for that classic look not the interior and comfort of an MX5. Great having reliability yes under the skin but not the other mod cons.
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Also on their web site I did not see a single example carrying a UK number plate.

Sort of makes you think one never got on the road ?

regards Paul
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I always liked the look of these but also thought they were not quite right - with a bit of tweaking the design could have looked so good.
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Not for me!
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I think they are workable ...for me , if you choose a car to replicate , then you are setting yourself up for criticism if its not accurate or you have been flexible in design to accommadate modern regs etc... but this is an ongoing issue that won't go away with new testing processes....I think he has done well to get a retro styled kit through the IVA , as I think its aimed at stopping retro styled cars , Hot Rods etc. primarily ... ...I echo everything said above , ditch the horrible IVA'able bits after the test in the same way the Cobra guys etc do ...- the right accessories and they stand a chance ...the biggest issue I have with them is the small wheel arches combined with smallish wheels as opposed to the original cars 16'' wires and huge arches...They are very wide when compared with an original too ...but so are all the Aston offerings in this catagory as they use Jag axles mostly ...when you stand next to an original they are quite skinny ...

There is potential to make them great little cars ...but they just need that bit of help ...hopefully whoever takes them on ...and I would love to be let loose on them ..will take them down the right path ...

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