Kits & Replicas Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
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 vary 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. There is also a sub-set of the kit car, commonly referred to as a "re-body", in which a commercially manufactured vehicle has a new (often fiberglass) body put on the running chassis. Most times, the existing drive gear and interior are retained. These kits require less technical knowledge from the builder, and because the chassis and mechanical systems were designed, built, and tested by a major automotive manufacturer, a re-body can lead to a much higher degree of safety and reliability. A kit car should not be confused with a hand built car or special car, which is typically modified or built from scratch by an individual for a specific purpose as Hillclimbing, road or circuit racing. Note, however, that rally specials have, especially since World War 2, usually referred to manufacturers' specially series-produced cars. Last is the replica, which is a car built by a professional shop or by a corporation, business or some type of factory.