Red Race Tiger wrote:
Are yes but there lies another tale.
Shelby himself made continuation GT350 convertables from base model bodies.
Hardly original GT 350's but thay are accepted as such.
He's also done continuation Cobra's in fibreglass? carbon, and used Kirkham's also. none built by AC at Thames Ditton.
Shelby's participation was minimal, along with Ken miles there input was purely a feasibility study and once Humber Road took the project over it was a Rootes/Jenson designed vehicle built on a subcontractors assy line.
So i guess that as "Rootes" as a company has long gone no one person can really give a definative answer to this question. As the Manufacturer of the Alpine/Tiger it would be "the company" alone who could sanction this reshelling issue.....or not?
I wonder if the present Lord Rootes could be approached for an opinion on this subject
I think you will find that Mal was using a hint of sarcasm there withthe shelby comment..
as for your other commenst regarding shelby you obvously have a very closed and limited exposure to the higher end classic car world.
Yes shelby makes continuation cars.. but nobody tries to pass them off as original 60's ones. In the past people tried to "fake" legitimate cobras, same goes with GT40's and D'types even using DONOR PARTS from original cars.. much the same as what you would do with a Alipne conversion... when found out that these people had actually rebodied, re-created these cars they were immediatly outed and done for fraud.. much in the way you whined, kicjed and continue to scream about someone recreating your fathers car... because IT WAS NOT THAT CAR.
Aston MArtin sanctioned and biult DB$GTZ's in the 80's, Audi have got C&G in the Uk to build uto union GP cars.. these are exact tool room copies of the orignal cars, sanctioned and supported by their manufacturers.. but they are STILL NOT ORIGINAL CARS and are not tried to be passed off as such.
There are lots of people out there who have tried to pass off tool room copies of bugattis, GT40's, D'types the list goes on.. once you start assigning VIN's off orginal cars you are just trying to commit fraud.
And Paul, if you have managed to read and comprehend this far... amswer this as i proposed earlier:
If somone get s a nice rust free tiger shell, welds the alpine tunnel, braces and radiator support panel in, swaps in an alpine driveline and then puts the alpines VIN and SAL tags on it.. is the car an Alpine or a Tiger?