I assure you, Frank Beard could have afforded to buy the real thing; if what he wanted was available. Reproductions, not to mean kit cars and replicas, are prevalant in the rare automobile market. If built to exact specifications, they are very collectable, very expensive, and very desireable. Jan, I won't give the last name, has quite a collection of F-cars, and many other rarities. All are real, except for his 250 TR and his P4, which each cost him well into 6 figures. If what you desire for your collection, is not available for purchase, a repro may just have to do. But an 'exact' repro will cost you!