Kit car: build it – ship it!

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Is there a car that you have always wanted but couldn’t afford? Kit cars may be the solution to your financially impossible dream. Moreover, they come with an added value: the great feeling of building the car of your dreams yourself!

What are kit cars?

Try to go back to your childhood, imagining you are assembling your favorite toy car. You know how it is supposed to look and you have all the pieces in front of you. You just need to put them together.

Now, coming back to the present, building a kit car is not that much different as a concept. Except that this time, the car is real and much bigger than your childhood toy car. You need to buy the spare parts, the engine, transmission, and then combine them into your fully unique vehicle.

Once upon a kit car…

Kit cars may seem like products from recent years. Yet, their history dates back to the 19th century. The fist kit car was designed in 1896 by the Englishman Thomas Hyler – White. He published his design in The English Mechanic magazine. Later in 1912, the first claimed-kit vehicle, the Lad’s Car, was available for sale.

As the car industry further advanced, improved spare parts and chassis were built to reassemble old vehicles. Also, thanks to the technological developments, fiberglass made the production of these parts cheaper. Some parts manufacturers used this novelty to their advantage. In the UK, for example, to avoid the purchase tax, many of the partially assembled vehicles were sold as kit cars.

Quickly, kit cars gained popularity as a base for sports cars, and their parts were easily bolted to VW Beetle chassis. Soon after, the replica motion began. Replicas today, are defined as vehicles that resemble the body of another motor vehicle. Examples of replicas include ‘65 Cobra or ’32 Ford Roadster.

Famous kit car models

Tornado TSC GT40

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This model is a replica of the Tornado Ford GT40 MK1, one of the best sports cars of the 20th century. It comes available as a DIY option, or it can be partially assembled upon request. Each part of the kit comes with a prior quality check. And you also receive a detailed manual.

Moreover, other additional parts can be found at Tornado Sports Cars, hence making it easier to shop for necessary parts. The kit also comes with a 12-month guarantee. Its cost is around $11,000.

Ultima GTR

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This is an interesting British brand, which has successfully been assembled as a kit car, reaching high-speed levels of 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds. It is a rear-wheel-drive coupe, which does not require advanced auto knowledge to be built. It costs around $57’000.

There have been different combinations of parts such as a Chevy V8 engine with Porsche transaxle, for example. If you’re looking for something different, with this car, you’ll be able to experiment with various combinations.

What do you need to build a kit car?

Building your own car may sound too exciting. However, before jumping into all the fun, there are some things you need to prepare in advance.

First of all, you need to make sure you have enough space where to assemble the car. Your front yard may not be the best venue option, but your garage or even a barn can work.

Secondly, you will need enough shelves to place all the parts or tools needed. You would not want to lose any piece or little part. As for tools, there are some quite useful kit car online forums, which will guide you through the process and will advise you on what tools you may need.

Last, but not least, you will need a lot of time, patience, and persistence to successfully complete the project. Usually, building a kit car takes between 1,500 and 5,000 hours depending on the complexity.

Also, there are usually many issues or errors along the way, which you will patiently need to address. Consulting online sources or watching YouTube tutorials can be quite helpful in this case.

How much will it cost?

The cost of a kit car varies depending on the components that you plan to add. On average, the kit cost amounts to $12,000. However, there will be a few additions that you will need to make such as the electrical system, engine, cooling system, suspension, braking system, and interior accessories among others.

Depending on the components you choose, the total cost of the kit car can easily rise to $35,000. It is not cheap, especially considering all the time and effort you need to invest to put the car together. But it is less expensive than a conventional luxury or sports car.

Shipping your kit car

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Fiat TriVette transported by Corsia Logistics

If you plan to move or ship your car from the assembling place to your residence, you should first register and quality-certify your vehicle. Thanks to the 2015 Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act, the procedures to register a kit car have become easier. Especially if the kit car has been purchased by a low-volume manufacturer. In 2017, the law also included replicas.

Afterward, it is important to find a good auto shipping company that will treat your precious work of art with special care. After spending so many hours building it, you would not want to rush with your shipping choices without proper research.

To protect your kit car against weather and road elements during transport, we recommend enclosed carriers. Corsia Logistics has experience in shipping kit cars. We have successfully taken care of Fiat-Trivette and 1964 VW kit car making sure that they would reach their destination safe and sound.

We will be happy to offer a customized shipping solution depending on your particular situation. If you have any questions or would like to request a quote, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call us at (818) 850-5258, chat with one of our logistics experts, or fill out our simple quote request form.


About the Author:

Ina Gjika is a banker who loves to dive into philosophy and dance to the music beats. Ina also enjoys getting lost into her bookshelves and smelling freshly ground coffee, while dreaming about exploring the world. She holds two B.A majors in Business Administration and Political Science & International Relations, as well as a B.A minor in Economics.

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