Top 10 Kit Cars

Looking for something a bit more unique? Or maybe you love to tinker and have the desire and time to build something? If you have already been bitten by the kit car bug, or you're thinking of taking the plunge, don't do anything else until you've looked at all of the cars below. These are the best of the best in the kit car world. Some of them, in fact, are amongst the best in the world, rivaling Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

Ten Best Kit Cars

Manufacturer and Make
1. Ultima GTR720
2. Factory Five Racing-Type 65 Daytona
3. Race Car Replicas-SL-C
4. Factory Five Racing-GTM
5. CAV-GT40
6. Race Car Replicas-917
7. Caterham-Super 7 R400
8. Parallel Designs-Torero
9. Factory Five Racing-MK4 Roadster
10. Factory Five Racing-'33 Hot Rod
10. Factory Five Racing-'33 Hot Rod
10. Factory Five Racing-'33 Hot Rod

10. Factory Five Racing-'33 Hot Rod

There aren't enough modern spec hot rods around, and this one is not only stunning, it's easy to build and a good value for the money! What more could you want?

How about suspension and chassis taken from Factory Five's Challenge car? A proven race winner with years of R&D, it utilises Ford V8 engines, the 289/302 block, the slightly larger 351, and the more modern 4.6l 4V block from the Mustang.

So what do you need on top of the $20,000 asking price? Not much really. Of course you need the engine, transmission, and rear end. There are plenty of brand new or second-hand options on that. You need original Ford headers, but not the rest of the exhaust. You need wheels and tyres, but there are so many options as this car uses the Mustang bolt pattern. Next is paint, which once again, is totally up to you! Last, you need a fuel pump and battery. All in all, you could build one up for $25,000 upwards.

9. Factory Five Racing-MK4 Roadste
9. Factory Five Racing-MK4 Roadste

9. Factory Five Racing-MK4 Roadster

The replica AC Cobra is one of the most popular kit cars produced all over the world. And by looking at the Factory Five version, you can see why. It really is one of the most beautiful cars of all time!

But why go for the Factory Five kit over another company? Well, how about over 10 years of building and developing experience? Or, the fact that it has its own race series? I think the fact they have over 6,000 happy customers should clinch it for you, but if not, how about the $20,000 kit price?

It's the same story with the MK4 Roadster as with the hot rod above: All you need is an engine (Ford 289/302, 351, or 4.6l 4V V8), transmission, rear end, paint, wheels, tyres, batter, and fuel pump. All in all, this is a great little bit of kit for the money and it's backed up by professional service, outstanding quality, and a great price! As with the '33 Hot Rod, expect to pay upwards of $25,000 for a completed car.

8. Parallel Designs-Torero (with retired Lamborghini Chief Test Driver Valentino Balboni).
8. Parallel Designs-Torero (with retired Lamborghini Chief Test Driver Valentino Balboni).

8. Parallel Designs-Torero

How about some Italian passion in your life? This Lamborghini Diablo replica is not only well-made and perfect, Lamborghini's (recently retired) legendary test driver Valentino Balboni gave it the thumbs up, as well as Lamborghini themselves!

OK, it might not uses a Lamborghini V12, but it does let you fit a BMW V12! The early 5.0l from the late '80s can be picked up cheaply and tuned up nicely to 400bhp+, and that will be enough for most! You'll still need to source your gearbox, but most of the other components to complete this car are available from Parallel Designs, including at 6.0 VT and GT bodies. For a basic car using the Rover V8, expect to pay £25,000 and up and probably another £2000 for the V12 (with better gearbox, brakes and some engine mods.)

7. Caterham-Super 7 R400
7. Caterham-Super 7 R400

7. Caterham-Super 7 R400

Caterham is known around the world for their Lotus 7 replica. In fact, it's not really a replica. It's more of a continuation of the original design. It has, of course, been upgraded and developed over the years, and this, the R400 Superlight is the best of the build-it-yourself kits.

It's a complete road/track animal: light-weight (515kgs) front engined and rear-wheel drive. Anyone who's every driven one will tell you how much fun these cars are! The kit also comes as a compete package, with engine and all! The R400 comes complete with a 2l Ford Duratec engine developing 210bhp, thanks to Cosworth hitting it with the power stick. That's 420bhp/tonne. The bad part in all this is the £31,000 asking price, but to be honest with you, they are worth every penny. If you can't afford this one, the classic kit starts at just £13,300 and that still has an engine, although only a 105bhp 1.4 Rover K series engine. Still, 200bhp/tonne is a great place to start with a Caterham.

6. Race Car Replicas-917
6. Race Car Replicas-917

6. Race Car Replicas-917

The Porsche 917 is one of the most amazing race cars. It's all WIN! This particular kit comes from the awesome guys over at Race Car Replicas, who produce a range of classic race cars all to a high standard and a great price.

This particular kit comes with everything you need except engine, transmission, and paint. It's designed around a small block Chevy engine, although a large number of engines can be squeezed in there. How about the 5.4l V8 from a Porsche 928 GTS? Coming with 345bhp, this thing will fly, and that's before you start tweaking the engine. 500bhp is attainable!

The complete kit comes in at $44,000 and you get pretty much everything for that. The best bit about this kit is the chassis: It's an semi aluminium monocoque! Stiffer, lighter, and easier to build. What more could you want? Expect to build one up for about $55,000 and up, depending on your specs.

5. CAV-GT40
5. CAV-GT40

5. CAV-GT40

No kit car site would without the amazing Ford GT40 replica the CAV GT. It's simply amazing. Almost a perfect replica—both chassis and shell—this is probably the closest you'll ever come to seeing a GT40, let alone driving one.

You can buy this in multiple stages, from a base kit up to fully built, and the prices range. Most people recommend having about $100,000 to build a decent one, although it can get more expensive if you want 500bhp and really good breaks. No matter what you prefer, or can get cheap, you have to put a Ford engine in the back. It's just wrong not to!

4. Factory Five Racing-GTM
4. Factory Five Racing-GTM

4. Factory Five Racing-GTM

How does a 200mph kit car sound? Well, from many a manufacturer, it would sound scary! But from Factory Five, it just sounds awesome!

Utilising the Chevy platform (Corvette C5 1997-2004), this car needs a few more parts to complete than the other Factory Five kits. If you're on a budget, you can buy a donor car. If you have a large pile of cash under your bed, how about completely new and upgraded parts and a stock Chevy LS&, or even the beast that is the Corvette ZR-1 638bhp LS9 engine?

The GTM starts at $20,000, but if you want to build something ridiculously quick like the 200mph cars some have built, expect to pay $75,000+. Also, you should seriously consider some Brembo or AP Racing carbon brakes.

3. Race Car Replicas-SL-C
3. Race Car Replicas-SL-C

3. Race Car Replicas-SL-C

The SL-C is another car hailing from Race Car Replicas, only this time from their Superlite Cars division. These guys are building original cars as well as awesome replicas.

As with its Race Car Replica sibling, this one is a near-complete kit. All you need to add is engine, transmission, and battery. Once again, it comes in at $44,000. Engine choice is once again varied, although they recommend either a Chevy LS engine or a twin turbo Lexus V8 set-up. You can pick these up cheap. The all-aluminum construction and standard forged internals make this a great engine if you fancy 1000bhp ... FAST!

This is a stunning car, especially for a relatively small manufacturer price. It's fast, handles well, is super fun to drive, and is very rare. You could build a basic one up for $55,000 but if you want something to compete with the fastest in the world, look to spend $80,000+.

2. Factory Five Racing-Type 65 Daytona
2. Factory Five Racing-Type 65 Daytona

2. Factory Five Racing-Type 65 Daytona

There aren't many cars that are more beautiful than the AC Cobra, but this is one of them. Based on the super rare, race-spec-only 1964/1965 Shelby Daytona, this is a stunning kit for those wanting something a little special and rare. They only ever built six originals so there aren't too many floating about.

Using the same chassis and suspension as the MK4 Roadster, this one not only adds a roof, but probably the sweetest rear on any car ever made! It was the result of some serious aero work done to beat Ferrari. Sadly the car never went anywhere, because the year after, Ford not only moved Shelby across to the GT40 program, but sunk their race budget into beating Ferrari on European soil.

The price for this stunning kit? How about $21,000! Only $1,000 more than the MK4 Roadster, which you'll find is a bargain. Again, you'll need a Ford engine, transmission, rear end, paint, wheels, tyres, battery, and fuel pump, so expect to pay $26,000 and up. Although if you are going to buy one, why not spend a little extra and build a 302 Boss mustang engine? It would work so well in this!

1. Ultima GTR720
1. Ultima GTR720

1. Ultima GTR720

The Ultima GTR720 isn't just fast, it's one of the fastest cars in the world! How does 0-100-0 mph in 9.4 seconds sound? Well, that time is a couple of SECONDS faster than a Ferrari Enzo! If that's not good enough for you, how about it being a sub 10 second 1/4 mile drag car!

It's not to badly priced, either. The basic kit starts at £16,000, but you will, of course, need to spend a lot more to get those kind of figures. Some people say you should invest about £60,000 in a new Ultima, and like the Factory Five Racing GTM, carbon brakes would be a nice addition.

The video below goes some way to show just how fast this car is around corners too. Almost a full 5 SECONDS faster than the Koenigsegg CCX (although Top Gear keeps refusing to put it round themselves). Definitely worth watching just to hear the noise and witness the best kit car in the world doing its thing.

Ultima GTR720 Laps the Top Gear Test Track

Some Final Thoughts

The above cars represent only a small portion of the kit cars and replicas that are available to buy these days. These are however amongst the best and not just because of the car they are, but the amount of time, energy, thought and money that's spent on developing them. They are truly amazing cars and in comparison to other cars in the same price band, so much better value!

Oh, and of course, the best bit, you get to build it yourself! If that's not something you've done before, fear not, most of these cars can built relatively easily and there is plenty of help out there on forums. The Factory five forums are very very impressive, so are the GT40 ones.

If You Could Build One, Which Would You Build?

  • Ultima GTR720
  • FFR Type 65 Daytona
  • RCR Suplerlite Coupe
  • CAV GT40
  • Race Car Replicas - 917
  • Caterham Super 7 R400
  • Parallel Designs Torero
  • FFR MK4 Roadster
  • FFR 33 Hotrod
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ChandlerBlack 12 months ago from US

Ultima GTR720 - what else can you dream of? hmmm

aminbahgat 18 months ago

very good article, it's a pitty to not have a bigger garage.

kymbo 20 months ago

where can we buy this kit from in Australia and what is in the kit ??? I need more info and might be interested in the hot rod 33 coupe

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mueblesdejardin 2 years ago from madrid

very good article, it's a pitty to not have a bigger garage.

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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

I'm drooling right now! Wish I could have them all. :)

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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

Great article man - '33 Hot Rod is a beauty.

All the best,


Anthony 3 years ago

Nice MK4 Roadster...Check out this 1965 Cobra Roadster here

Lanzo baker 4 years ago

The GTM is a piece of shite. Nothing fits and everything has to be modified. Might as well start from scratch and build yourself a whole car it would be easier. What a heap. Can't wait to get it out of my shop. I was going to do a 33 but now seeing what FF let's out of their hands I'm not going to bother. You shouldn't either.

issabendeck1 4 years ago

great cars as long as they use chevy engines that's all i care about and for the car i would pic the ultima or the gtm and for the kitt cars no problem if the company waranties the chasssy or the quality of the body parts.

Pokerseiten Vergleich 4 years ago

Using the same chassis and suspension to the MK4 Roadster, this not only adds a roof, but probably the sweetest rear on any car ever made.

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Kent Clarke 4 years ago from Aventura FL

Great post. Wouldn't mind all in my garage :)

Bob 4 years ago

This is my 2nd FFR roadster. Love it. Everything on it new and tight? Air, hot stereo, 18 in wheels, hard top with 408 stroked. Scarey and of course always for sale ...

Kevin Patrick 4 years ago

Another great kit car based on a Miata drivetrain - the MEV Exocet:

Jackdell 4 years ago

Engine and Transmission World: Owner, Engine and Transmission World in the Automotive industry (Greater Milwaukee Area

gasitup 4 years ago

Jim,these cars are for people with mechanical aptitude and outside the box thinking.mechanically speaking these autos all use commonly found equipment body wise they're almost all fiberglass or aluminum.if it breaks,fix it.

jay 4 years ago

i want all of the cars

Jim 4 years ago

At least some of these companies have been around for awhile. The list of defunct kit car replica companies is pretty large. Then, what do you do for parts?

Richard Atcheson 4 years ago

I don't want to feel every crack in the road. RCR coupe looked like solid suspension and theroad GTR looked to have some rubber joints. Tube frames are older. but they don't stess crack.

issabendeck1 5 years ago

for sure ultima coz its a car made for the best performance ever Chevy small block + g50 gear box Porche iquals BEST CHOICE

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WHoArtNow 5 years ago from Leicester, UK Author

@ Heavenly Android - There are a number of places to check out.

Is good for browsing kits and chatting on the forums. UK Site

Another good site with kits from around the world.

A great forum for customs and kits. Some great advice and friendly nature.

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Heavenly Android 5 years ago

I would like one, but wouldn't know where to begin

metaxeirismena aytokinhta 5 years ago

this are great cars,I wish i could have one.I'm planning to personalize my metaxeirismena aytokinhta to look it good.Inspired with kit cars..LOVE it

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Hugh Williamson 5 years ago from Northeast USA

I learned a lot from reading this. Great Hub!

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