November 27th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Hey, its your car. You can do what you like.
I draw the line when someone adds an identification tag to the vehicle. That is misrepresentation in my opinion. You will respond you dont intend to misrepresent your clone. I cant tell you how many times I have spoken to people looking for original cars and are considering clones/tributes etc. It might not be your intention to misrepresent the car, but thats often what it turns into. Leave the original style tag off, just my opinion. If it wasnt made by Shelby, it shouldnt say "made by Shelby" on an identification tag.
Part of the value of real Shelbys is their limited production. If everyone had one, they would be like Corvettes. That could explain why owners want to keep them exclusive. Clones and tributes passed off as originals devalue the originals in many enthusiasts opinion.
If there is another explanation for using the tag, I am open to hear it? One really good example of this is the historically significant example of the Green Hornet. It was restored with a Shelby tag, even though it never had one originally. Now there is a big mess of confusion surrounding the car and its pedigree.