If you visit an exotic car dealership, or browse the classifieds, it will quickly become apparent that a purebred exotic can be had for very little. A decent Porsche starts below $10,000, and a full restored Lamborghini Urraco can be had for about $20,000. Most kit car projects end up costing far more. This fact being known, most people will ask “Why Kit cars?”
Most people are not buying kit cars because they want a cheap copy, at least not people buying classic original designs (like the Nova/Sterling on the top right). Here are a few reasons to buy a kit car:
- Unique looks — generally far more exotic than any name brand exotic. To make this clear, how many exotics have gull-wing doors? How many kit cars do?
- Extremely rare — far more so than any but the most exotic exotics. If you buy a Porsche 911 and live in a major metropolis, you’ll see a few others every day. If you buy an Aztec 7 you’ll probably never see another one, except perhaps at a kit car show.
- Supports independent automobile designer instead of a big company. The car you own will not be watered down for sales appeal but a true, no-holds-barred piece of automotive art.
- Easy and inexpensive to maintain because of older domestic parts. This is the argument for replicas — getting a rare Italian exotic tuned can cost nearly $10,000 and maintenance costs approach $1/mile. Build on domestic components and your costs are no higher than any locally built car.
- Can be built to your tastes without affecting the value. With a kit car you get the car you want.
- Building it is a labor of love, plus you’ll understand how the car works when you’re done.
- Most are capable as daily drivers.
- Due to light weight they usually have good gas mileage, and an excellent power-to-weight ratio.
- You get to meet other kit car owners — everyone has great stories, and is very down-to-earth, unlike snooty owners of name-brand exotics. A Ferrari owner looks down on a Pantera because it’s a mutt. Imagine what they think of a kit car!
So why kit cars? As you can see there are many reasons why! Now there is a flip side to all of this. You can read about the many reasons NOT to buy a kit car HERE!