Kit car parts are for those people who feel excited about building their own cars. They are not for everyone. If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, you had better not think about building a car in your backyard. If the thoughts of fitting the transmissions, adjusting the shock absorbers, and mounting the engine give you an adrenaline rush, custom build cars may be for you.
What Are Kit Cars?
A kit car is simply one that comes to you as different parts – chassis, engine, transmission, etc. Assemble the kit parts to build the vehicle of your choice. Manufacturers like Locust, Sterling Sports Cars, Robin Hood, etc can send the car parts directly to you.
Another option for kit parts is old cars. Enthusiasts do refurbish every part of an old car. For example, VW Beetle is one of the most popular ‘donor’ vehicles. The VW chassis has its own advantages. One can remove the car body while leaving the inner mechanical parts in place. The body of a sports car or an exotic car can be fitted on to the chassis. Beach buggy (dune buggy), Sebring, Bradley GT, etc are famous kit cars built on VW chassis.
Sports car enthusiasts can also build stylish autos at a fraction of the cost of buying a real sports car. Kit parts made of fibreglass (reinforced plastic) are much lighter and cheaper than the metal sheet parts of the real sports car.
As in the case of dune buggies, you can add customisations like wide and large wheels, powerful engines, customised windows and much more.
Who Wants Kit Car Parts?
Anyone who feels thrilled about used auto parts creating something of their own will certainly benefit from kit parts. Even if you do not like getting your hands dirty, you can still get a car with all the features you want. There are enthusiastic technicians ready to build a custom car for you. You will not get the thrills of building one of your own, but then again, you will get a car that looks like a sterling nova, or that will run smoothly over sand dunes. You can also drive a car that looks just like an antique car. Everyone likes a model that no one else has.
Kit cars like Lad’s Car had been in the market for about a century now. A lot of enthusiasts have taken to kit building since the 1950s. Such enthusiasts can order parts from plenty of manufacturers. They can also get the parts off an old vehicle and add custom-built parts to build a vehicle of desired size, power and capabilities.
Kit Cars and Road Safety Rules
The increasing interest in kit cars created the requirement of road safety regulations regarding the use of such vehicles on roads. You need to pass vehicle safety tests before you can drive your car on the road. Apart from a legal requirement, safety is your priority too.
Provided you have the right skills and tools, you can build your dream car right on your backyard. Kit car parts come in all shapes to help you build your special cars.