We have talked about the early fiberglass bodies produced in the 50's and 60's that were never mass produced. This evolved into many,many companies over the last 40-50 years that came and went often un-noticed. For some crazy reason the most popular kit cars seems to be the AC Cobra replicas. AC Cobra was produced in short runs based on the English AC cars. Carroll Shelby built small quantities of this car 1962-1967 and it is clear many more replicas have been built than the originals.
So many of these followed as replica kit cars I am often amazed that anyone would want to build another one?
What is a kit car? You could build it at home with supplied pre-made bodies designed to fit existing cars, most popular the old VW Bugs
As Monty Python said
So many odd kit cars and here is one!
Go ahead tell me you heard of the Laser 49er?
I am going to bring some very unusual kit cars to the blog from time to time
All VW based and it had some stablemates
By far the most popular in the Laser series was the Laser 917, yes a different slant on the Porsche 917 race car
A real 917 Below
Second most popular was based on the popular Allard race cars
Above a real one 53-57
Below the kit car replicas
I am not sure if these last three ever made it to production?
Of the last 3 this may be the only example of a at least the GT
Gotta love this display at a roadster show as seen in Hemmings
A 1:1 model kit complete with upscaled box,testors paint bottles,giant exacto knife and chrome parts still of the trees! Very cool!
Now that is a kit car!
It's been done!
A few years back GM had a whole display in the 5th Ave NYC building lobby featuring full size model cars and supplies. Way before the internet days and still searching for photos!
If I find em I will add them one day!