Dave, Gordon's initial post here included this quote from you:
"Hi, I was planning on ordering a Specialty Auto Sports 356 . I just joined the forum and am now worried but also confused. Can I call you to discuss? "
I was left with the impression that you hadn't yet placed an order, and I wrote this in my reply:
"I'm always amazed by the number of folks who show up here having already made a deposit on a new build or having bought a new car, and then ask what we think.
There's not much we can do to influence a decision that's already been made, so maybe what's being sought is support for a choice they're now unsure about, in which case, the last thing they want to hear is why they may have made a mistake."
But it looks like you had already placed an order, so maybe my hunches were right.
In any case, congratulations on having the strength to be honest with yourself and on having a cool enough head to fairly evaluate all the arguments folks were shouting at you. We've watched many people in your situation who were unable to admit to themselves that they may have erred, and we've painfully seen them suffer the consequences over the months and years that followed. I think the farther this whole business gets in your rearview mirror, the better you'll feel about the decision you've made.
The 'evidence' against SAS is scattered across numerous forums and websites on the internet, and in news reports about the various legal entanglements. It's not just a handful of 'difficult', impatient customers. It's a LOT of ordinary people who tell stories remarkably like yours about their first encounters with SAS - before they sent in their checks.
I think you're finding that we frown on flame wars, are enthusiastic about this hobby, and tend to like a nice, civil discussion. We love to see others get involved, but we want them to understand that these cars are not for everyone.
Pull up a chair, stick around for a while, get some popcorn going, and ask as many questions as you want. Maybe a year from now, maybe sooner, you'll decide that there are many ways to get involved in Speedster replicas that don't involve much risk, and that there are some vendors with long, proven track records for quality products and honest business practices who can probably build you something that will check most of your boxes.
As we are wont to say, welcome to the madness.