A kit car is an automobile that is available as a set of parts that a manufacturer sells and the buyer then assembles into a functioning car. Usually, many of the major mechanical systems such as the engine and transmission are sourced from donor vehicles or purchased new from other vendors. Kits var in completeness consisting of as little as a book of plans, or as much as a complete set with all components to assemble into a fully operational vehicle such as those from Caterham. 

Kit cars have been around from the earliest days of the automobile. In 1986 the Englishman Thomas Hyler-White developed a design for a car that could be assembled at home and technical designs were published in a magazine called The English Mechanic. In the USA, the Lad's Car of 1912 could be brought for $160 ($3000 US in 2006) fully assembled or $140 ($2600 US in 2006) in kit form. 

It was not until the 1950s that the idea really took off. Car production had increased considerably and with rust proofing in its infancy many older vehicles were being sent to breaker yards as their bodywork was beyond economic repair. An industry grew up supplying new bodies and chassis to take the components from these cars and  convert them into new vehicles, particularly into sports cars. Fiber reinforced plastic (aka "GRP" or "fiberglass") was coming into general use and made limited-scale production of automobile body components much more economical. Also, in the UK up to the mid-1970s, kit cars were sometimes normal production vehicles that were partially assembled as this avoided the imposition of purchase tax as the kits were assessed as components and not vehicles.


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We will be doing some work on a few parts of the engine/transmission, brakes and also some interior work.

 

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The brakes are completed.

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The new carpet has bee installed.

The seats and door panels have been upholstered and installed.

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Relocated the under-dash wiring to be hidden.

The hand brake trim ring has been fabricated and is waiting to be sent off to be chromed.

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