Just based on my experience with GTRs, the component that makes a vintage GTR a "GTR" is the engine and drivetrain, with less emphasis on how the car looks.
No no no. Absolutely not. I don't agree....
'Part Number One' is a genuine
factory-designated PGC10, KPGC10 or KPGC110 bodyshell. I could have a bare
GT-R bodyshell - with no engine / drivetrain / trim / wiring / etc - and I would STILL have a genuine, numbered, GT-R. A finite source. A non-transferable / transmutable asset.
I could have a GT-R specific S20 engine, drivetrain, wiring, trim and all the GT-R specific nick-nacks under the sun, but if I don't have a genuine GT-R bodyshell then I don't have a GT-R
I know a good ( a really
good ) KPGC10 *replica* in Japan. It really is
a replica, in the true sense of the word. It has the correct S20 engine for its year of production, and all of the GT-R specific items you'd expect to see on a genuine
KPGC10 ( although it's a recently created period-correct race car ) and yet it's not
a genuine GT-R because its bodyshell / identity is not that of a genuine GT-R. The only reason it isn't a *fake* is because nobody is claiming
that it's a real GT-R.....
I'll show some photos of it if you're interested.
I think having these "tribute" GTRs in whatever form they take on is a good thing, if it helps increase awareness and enjoyment of these old, special cars.
That's one way of looking at it, but my personal experience is that there's a real lot
of bad reporting and consequent misunderstanding going on these days. How many times do we see *lookalikes* being mistaken for the real thing? I see it happening more and more, and it's like Groundhog Day. No disrespect to the owners of such cars, but when you've affixed 'GT-R' emblems to your GT or GT-X you ARE giving your car a badge that carries a lot of baggage. Much of the kudos of that badge came from the unique specification of the original PGC10, KPGC10 and KPGC110 GT-Rs ( a very high spec for a production saloon car of the period ) and more specifically the racing successes of the PGC10 and KPGC10 in period. That baggage can weigh heavy sometimes. When people talk about the "legendary Hakosuka"
they are probably not
talking about a three-box saloon car with a single carbed L20A engine and a four speed...
I've actually got a leg on either side of the fence here: I've been building my own *replica* PS30-SB Fairlady Z432-R for too many years to remember now ( certainly more than ten, and not finished yet... ). I've gone to the trouble of getting a proper 432-specific S20 twin cam engine and drivetrain, and many of the 432 / 432-R specific nick-nacks that are appropriate to the car. Those parts I cannot find / cannot afford, I've tried to replicate. It's a big job. When I've finished, I'll still
have what is essentially just a modified 1970 Fairlady Z-L. It will never
be a genuine 432, let alone a genuine super-lightweight 432-R. I will be mortified
if anyone were to think I was ever trying to pass it off as a genuine 432 or 432-R, and I'd be doubly mortified if the owners of any genuine
cars believed I was trying to say that my *replica* was the equivalent of theirs.