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Now kits are surpassing many exotics. Just look at the stats of the Ultima GTR. Its a kit car too. I will vouch for the Sterling as being one of the best built fiberglass kits out there. And at 1800 pounds dropping a WRX STI motor in it would be scary as hell!
The idea of a kit car is a misnomer anyway. You can buy off the showroom floor a dodge with a mistubishi engine in it, or a mazda with a ford engine in it. All kit cars are just a collection of good parts put together in a creative way to make a better car by the sum of their components. And instead of paying 80% of the value on a car for the name plate on it, you get to buy a car that can have parts replaced locally, not ordered from another country.
Think of Lamborghini. A tractor company that made the their first super car the miura. I can bet you that car was a mishmash of various parts too. Yet today it this sports car made by a tractor company is considered to be an exotic sports car. Its what you do with the car, and the build quality that matters in the end design. Not the name tag. If you can get past your consumerism you'll find a kit car can be a lot of fun, and in some cases equally as flashy (if your into that) as any Lamborghini, or Ferrari. Well made kits once completed don't sell for 20K they sell for as much as a used lambo. The basic and complete kit for the Sterling sells for 20K but you have to do the work to put it together. Given their were only about 500 made in the US. Finding an original project car isnt that easy typically not running nor complete these car will sell for 5K or more.
Rickkky Booby. what planet are you on? The Ford GT and the Ford GT40 are completely different cars! The GT40 was built in the 60s after Henry II was spurned by Ferrari to race against then at LeMans and other venues. The Ford GT is a replica car that is for people who can't afford the real ones.
Anyone who buys these knockoffs are idiots. Why not have someone paint you a picture and sign it Rembrandt while you are at it?
It all started with the McBurney 365/GTB Daytona Spider rip off. Now it's everywhere.
Probably have fake rolex on their wrists too.
all these fake car makers shiuld go to jail its called plageriasm
You mean, even though i didn't win the lottery i can still get a 1M dollar car. i'm back in business, thank you MSN
Real deal (that will again appreciate) baby Birds (55-57 T-Bird) can be purchased for less than the price of a replica. Watch the auctions. These cars are soft right now.
Used Cobra replicas can be purchased for far less than a new kit.
Way to many of you here are snobs (and obviously ignorant ones to boot) to the inth degree if you think that many of the kits aren't as good as the original or even better. First of all it depends on the kit manufacturer and the engineering and tech put into the kit. Second it depends on who constructed it (it can range from the kit manufacturer or licensed dealer to the individual themselves) and last it depends on the intention of the kit. Some are simply for looks alone such as the Lambo kit for the Fiero, it's a poser car. Pinning a specific on all kit cars shows you to be a neophyte car person. A definition of a kit car does not mean a car that has had a doner for chassis or whatever either. Kits are of a variety of types. Don't be so ignorant.
Anyone that pins the "extension of penis" bit on anyones likes for an automobile needs to step up and tell us all what it is that makes your blood flow. That's a term used by jealous a$$es or greenies that think we're evil because we love automobiles.
True car guys actually know things and don't talk out their a$$.
The factory five cars (and many others) actually handle better than the originals and have better safety features. They won't necessaitly appreciate in value, however you can actually drive them and drive them hard and put them away wet and they do hold they hold their value pretty well. They are still toys however and will still make you a car jack target so you still need to be careful. Thumbs down to those wanna be snobs that insist that no real car guy would drive a clone car because we car guys "do" and enjoy them every day and actually them to the track. I have owned an investment car before and I will now stick to well performing "driveable" cars because I can actually enjoy them!
It's an article about building kit cars that look like a $1M. Don't you guys get tired with constant pontificating of a tired dogma, even when it doesn't apply? Yes, you're not voting Obama in November, who cares! It's a personal decision. In the mean time get a life and build a nice kit car.