I think it depends on how the clone is done.
Yes every time you get on Ebay, or autotraderclassics there are cars listed, and most look good.. But most are thrown together to make a buck.. Ive seen only a few cloned cars that have had the time taken to make them correct.. Now would i be in for a cloned 69 copo, YES.. But i would want it perfect, chalk marking, correct wheels, correct 512 block, stickers, winters castings and the CHAMBERED EXHAUST!!! That blows my mind when i see them on line.. people will pay $3-400 for a steering wheel then slap $69.99 flow masters under it..
i've been down the road of matching number perfect cars. Yes they are nice to look at and talk about and see the look in people eyes as they are day dreaming about your car, BUT, in terms of Mid Year corvettes,
I have a lot more fun, a lot more stories, and lot more rummors floating around town and with friends of beating the ever living snot out of my dads old 67 vs perfect car
To me its just hard to enjoy a perfect car, your worried about everthing, water, a rock chip, if the exhaust gets to warm so it bakes the coatings, etc etc etc.. Where as my dads old abused car, I have no problems loading a friend up and side stepping the clutch at 6 or 7000 rpm and letting it eat.. That car has been abused from day one, crashed a few times, and put up hurt, wet and sore a bunch of time... Does it look bad, YES, is it cool, YES! With that said i do set back and look at the car, and wish that it wasnt cracking, wish someone had not keyed it a few years ago, and bla bla bla... But at the same time, its fun. Its like nice garage find / dont give a crap look lol..
I have a neighbor that love cars, and has the money to back him, In his ware house he has two or three shelby cobras, a bunch of mustangs, GT500-350 etc, a few porsche speedester, two 300 Sl gulwing cars, a ferrari daytona and the list goes on and on.. His daily ride is a 15 year old S class benz... every now and he will go buy the house in a "cheaper" car from his collection.. But if that was Me, id have a factory five or something that was exact clone of my cobra, Id probably also do clone of that 300SL
I bought my 69 camaro, to do a copo clone. I wanted it exact, have thought and planned for years on what to do and what i want and where to get the parts. However ive changed what i wanted now do to what your saying that everyone wants to clone one, or has cloned one.
My game plan now is still a copo clone, wheels, paint interior, i want to do the base car, no console in the floor, might even do radio and heater delete..
I want the chalk marking in the places you can see them and they will not wash off..
But do a 632ci motor (or bigger) paint it all orange ( i know i know) dress everthing on it correctley to look like the 427, stickers and all, then back it up with a tremec TR6060 or that T56.( 6 speed, close ration option, same as M22 1-4) Either a ford 9 inch or maybe a 12 bolt, with 4:10 or 4:56 gears, then top it off with that new FAST fuel injection that looks like a carb.... build the motor on a 11.1 compression sp its pump gas friendly and go play dirty pool