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Autotrader Find: Toyota Celica-Based Ferrari F430 Replica

If you’ve ever wanted a Ferrari F430, but you can’t quite afford the real thing, you can at least get the look — mostly. That’s because this "F430" is actually a replica created from a Toyota Celica, and now it’s listed for sale on Autotrader for the buyer who wants a look-alike Ferrari.

What you see here is a 2001 Toyota Celica GT-S, which is the most desirable version of the Celica, as it uses the same peaky 180-horsepower power plant as the Lotus Elise. Unfortunately, this Celica GT-S is equipped with an automatic transmission, which dulls some of the peaky fun — but no mind, because this one looks like a Ferrari.

On the outside of this Celica, you have a full Ferrari F430 body kit, which looks more convincing in some parts than in others. The rear, for instance, looks identical to an F430, but you can tell some obvious differences in the rake of the rear roof line, and the front-end design. The wheels are a reasonable approximation of Ferrari F430 "Challenge"-style wheels, though obviously not perfect as the bolt pattern doesn’t align. And the interior is an unusual mix of Toyota and some upgrades designed to improve the look to make it more Italian — including a new dashboard and seats. The most obvious difference, of course, is the fact that the engine won’t be visible through the rear hatch, as the Celica is a front-engine car.

Still, it’s a relatively decent replica — and given the fact that a real F430 is still somewhere around $100,000, this faux Celica could be an easy way to at least make your friends think you have an Italian exotic. It’s offered by a private seller in Lascassas, Tennessee, southeast of Nashville, for $32,000.

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