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Loved Ones Don’t Die! – Levent Köprülü

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There are such “cult” models that are engraved in the history of the automotive industry that, although they kill the manufacturers, they refuse to die and come to life in other hands …

You know, there’s a saying that smells a little arabesque and a lot of “cinematic lines”, “Lovers don’t die!” that … I think a genre should have been “Loved Ones Don’t Die” … In fact, even though it sounds like a pun, I think I’m talking about something quite logical here guys …

It has been engraved in the history of the auto industry, has a place in the history of the auto industry, some have sold well, some have spread ear to ear and have become legends … Even though they have been killed by their manufacturers and the brand have been thrown into a corner of history, they have refused to accept this end and have relived other times, he can find them again, he is loved and sought after.

We are talking for example of the legendary “356” from Porsche. The 356, designed and developed by his son Ferry Porsche instead of Ferdinand Porsche, was the first model produced by Porsche, and gave way to the 911 after being in production for a long time between 1948-65.

loved ones do not die

There is also a local

However, his loved ones did not consent to his death. It was in fact “cloned” in many countries, especially in Germany, it was reproduced in limited numbers, at times its name was changed, but its atmosphere remained the same. One of the most recognizable was produced by “Apal”. You can see the “local copy of the 356” produced by Hasan Yurdakul, who we know as “Maral”, as well as those who made the all-wheel drive of the 356, such as Emory Motorsports. If you want, you can buy one of the copies of this vehicle as a “kit car” or you can use one like the Speedster, which the French company PGO has derived from the 356, for “Porsche and nostalgia”. So it’s a very hard car to die for … Just like the first generation 911 that took its place. Because some companies, particularly Singer, immortalize 911s by combining them with today’s technologies.

Undoubtedly, one of the automotive legends that does not die and is not easy to die is the Ford GT40. Is it possible to forget the first generation of GT40s that managed to beat those Ferraris? Because there are so many small producers in different countries that don’t make you forget it. These first generation GT40s, most of which are sold as “kit cars”, ie “disassembled” (you buy them in parts and assemble them yourself), still have a serious buyer base. “14. Even if it is produced in the “generation”, it seems difficult to die …

loved ones do not die

The factory is back

Speaking of Ford, not to mention the Mustang, of course? Especially those of 1964-68. And especially the “fastback” and Shelby ones … Because these are the versions that Mustang fans love. Yes, the Mustang is still in production, sure, but its fans don’t hide their love for its first generations, they modify them and buy their “retro” produced by different workshops and small companies. With today’s engines, of course. Ford also supports this from time to time and manufactures and sells bodywork for the 1964-66 Mustang. A Russian company also managed to make an electric model of the first generation Mustang: Aviar R67.

loved ones do not die

Not without mentioning the legends of the Lancia, of course. While Delta Integrale, one of the brand’s popular legends, prepares for electric return, the 037 is already back with a 500hp petrol engine. Similarly, the Stratos, on the other hand, made its way onto the streets after the Ferrari car boycott was somehow overcome. Of course, thanks to several companies … In addition, Alfa Romeo GT and GTA are made suitable today as “restomod” in the hands of some companies, while on the other they are electrified. Just like Alfaholics GTA-R, it finds buyers.

loved ones do not die

These are just the first things that come to mind, of course. Although I don’t seem to have focused much on this here, Jaguar’s E-Type, which also produces officially homologated body parts, the De Tomaso Pantera, the gull wing that Mercedes couldn’t prevent, the Countach of Lamborghini, “It continues to take its place among the models whose copies are produced and therefore not thought to die easily. Just like the Bugatti Type 37 …

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