A kit car is an auto that’s sold as a set of parts. The buyer then assembles the parts into a functioning car. Usually, most of the major mechanical systems, like the engine and transmission are sourced from donor vehicles or purchased new from other manufacturers. You can buy kits completely finished and fully operational, or as a book of plans.
Today’s kit cars are usually replicas of well-known, expensive classics and are designed so anyone with at least some technical skill can build them at home to a point where they can be driven on the public roads. The replicas look very similar to the original, but their bodies are often made of fiberglass mats soaked in polyester resin instead of the original sheet metal.
Many people are skeptics when they hear about homemade cars as it sounds technically impossible to assemble a car in your garage and license it for public roads. They may also be worried that their car could never pass a mandatory quality control. But these kit cars are very much legitimate vehicles.
So if you’ve got the money, time, and inclination, you may want to build your car. Here’s some inspiration.
Factory Five Racing: MK4 Roadster – Cost: $12,900 to $19,000
Many consider this one to be the world’s best-selling, best-engineered, and best-performing replica ever. This car has been sold over 6,000 times and won several races. The MK4 Roadster is designed to look exactly like the iconic 427 Cobra. The design remains intact while using modern technology, parts, and materials to improve performance, dependability, and comfort.
Factory Five Racing: ’33 Hot Rod – Cost: $19,000
The ’33 Hot Rod is styled to look like a ’33 Ford street rod but with a modern chassis. The Factory Five ‘33 Hot Rod complete kit comes with all the parts needed to build the car except for the engine, transmission, rear-end, wheels, tires and paint.
Race Car Replicas: 917 – Cost: $44,000
The 917 was the most powerful sports car of its time. With over 1200” horsepower it dominated racing for years. No surprise, the kit version of this car is very popular. It features a fiberglass body and aluminum monocoque center with a tube-frame front and rear. And most importantly it’s street legal, with a DOT-legal windshield, headlights, and taillights.
Race Car Replicas: SL-C – Cost: $44,000
This is a stunning supercar, is fast, handles well, is fun to drive, and very rare. It set lap records at every track on the way to winning the 2011 NASA Super Unlimited Class National Championship. It dominated at the National Championships, capturing pole position for every race and won both qualifying races, almost lapping the entire class in the final race.
CAV: GT40 – Cost: $100,000
Cape Advanced Vehicles (CAV) produces Ford GT40 replicas in South Africa. The company was named to honor Ford Advanced Vehicles – the manufacturers of the original GT40 racing cars.
The car features a one-of-a-kind stainless steel monocoque chassis and bespoke leather interior to create one of the most comfortable, user-friendly and unique GT40 replicas.
These cars represent just a few of the kit cars and replicas available. However we think these are the best, not just because of the style and performance, but the amount of time, energy, thought and money spent on developing them.