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Old 05-15-2007, 06:44 PM
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I've searched the threads and think I've read almost every one regarding Street Beast's poor reputation. However, I'm thinking about buying one that's already built, so I'm not really concerned with poor customer service, missing parts, etc. If the car/paint/build quality, etc. look excellent, does anybody have any comments re my going ahead and buying the car? Does anyone have an idea of what a nice (glass) '34 Vicky should sell for? I know I can't afford a steel car, and most of the glass ones seem to be out of my price range too, which is why I'm considering this particular Street Beast. Would appreciate any thoughts or advice.

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street beasts hold almost no value, not because there bodies are junk, but because there bodies hold almost a compleate innacuracy to the original body lines, most people can pick them out of a lineup of the same model car because there diffrences are just so obviouse. for 1, the '34 grillshells are way too wide. if resale is a concern, make shure that it will hold your purchase price value, it 'should' remain the same value or higher as time goes by, providing it stays in good shape. if it were me, I'd look on, I couldn't stand owning a fake looking car.
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:33 PM
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I saw one on the road and it looked REALLY weird. It was so out of proportion to a real '34 sedan that it was hilarious. Have you looked at it in person or just from a photo?
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There are ZERO parts made for the original car that will fit a StreetBeast. The body is one piece so if you have an accident you'll have to wait for StreetBeast to make you a new part (when they get around to it) because no other parts will fit. About the only part made for the original that will fit are the door handles.

The quality of their fiberglass is much better today than it was 4 or 5 years ago but as has been said, their fidelity to the real thing is so far off they almost look ridiculous.

If you decide to buy it, just make sure you don't pay much.
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Re: Street Beasts

Shannon: Its your $...look it over carefully and think about if you will be happy with the car...are you just going to keep it for fun or will it be an investment that you expect to sell someday. It may be a cheaper way, but consider all aspects...your personal happiness with the vehicle is the main priority. I tend to sense that you already have some reservations as to the quality of the vehicle. Best of luck to you.
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At a show or rod run, you can pick out a Street Beast from the rest very easily. Also, a lot of folks wont even look at one due to the 'beasts reputation for poor quality and lack of fidelity to an original '33-'34. You will stand alone !!!!
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Street Beast was at the Carlisle swap meet every year but they were not there this year (Spring Carlisle). There was someone else who makes Cobras in their spot and they said they gave up their spot at Carlisle and a few other shows. He said he thinks they are going belly up. They would have a demo there all the time and would show people how well they were made by jumping on it and bouncing up and down. I really don't know anything about them but they seem pretty well built. They could fool someone like me who has no experience with glass bodies. They would also have a finished turn key one there on display that looked pretty nice but I never really noticed how well everything lined up. My father and I would stop there every year to look wishing we could afford one but I guess I'm glad we couldn't now.

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On a side note.

Whatever you do... DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR PHONE NUMBER IF YOU CALL OR WRITE! I did it just to get info about 4 years ago. They called me EVERYDAY for about a week! After that I would get pamphlets once a month AND more phone calls! Talk about hardsell! It was like being at a dealership. "Well, let me talk to my manager and see if we can get the price down for you." I got this for about 6 months till the calls stopped.
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Whatever you do... DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR PHONE NUMBER IF YOU CALL OR WRITE! I did it just to get info about 4 years ago. They called me EVERYDAY for about a week! After that I would get pamphlets once a month AND more phone calls! Talk about hardsell! It was like being at a dealership. "Well, let me talk to my manager and see if we can get the price down for you." I got this for about 6 months till the calls stopped.
Same story here, luckily I was informed about them early on. Listen to what these guys are telling you, you do not want a StreetBeast.
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street beasts hold almost no value, not because there bodies are junk, but because there bodies hold almost a compleate innacuracy to the original body lines, most people can pick them out of a lineup of the same model car because there diffrences are just so obviouse. for 1, the '34 grillshells are way too wide. if resale is a concern, make shure that it will hold your purchase price value, it 'should' remain the same value or higher as time goes by, providing it stays in good shape. if it were me, I'd look on, I couldn't stand owning a fake looking car.
I don't know how old this post is but, I don't think the grills are bigger. No offense meant at all... but a stock 34 grill measures 33 inches top to bottom and 22 1/2 side to side with an extra 1.24 inches on each side that goes inside the shell...

I have one of the early 34's from Classic Motor Carriage. The Classic Motor Carriage grill measures 21 inches from side to side at the widest point and 28 inches top to bottom... so it is not bigger than the original, it's smaller.. I'm guessing they didn't change the grill when the Streetbeast company took things over, there would be no point in doing that. It would have to be really big to beat an original grill and not a logical move.
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There is a big difference in the grille of a real 1934 Ford Grille and a Street Beast - the sides of the Street Beast grille shell are thicker and lack the grace and style of the original IMHO. See for yourself...
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I have recently heard that they did go out of business......maybe a rumor, or maybe factual. We have one in the shop currently being redone. Quite frankly, it is a mess. Strange construction re the supports and it is so far out of factual repro of the original Fords. Personally, I would save a few more $$$ and get into something more realistic and certainly with more resell potential should you ever tire of it. Best of luck.
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Amost a six year old thread guys, the OP probably has already made up his mind.

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Amost a six year old thread guys, the OP probably has already made up his mind.

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No, I'm pretty sure the OP is still on the fence about this. He just needs a couple more opinions to make up his mind.
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