What is a kit car?
The very first kit car was built in 1949. A kit car, also known as a component car, is a vehicle 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 included.
Most people think of a kit car as it was in the past where a main stream manufacturer’s car chassis had its body removed and then replaced with a kit car manufacturer’s body fitted to make the car more exotic.
Some are still built this way today but now-a-days these would be classed as re-body kits.
Most kit cars now have their own bespoke chassis either designed by the builder or in most cases supplied by the manufacturers
The most popular kit cars at the present time are Lotus seven inspired roadsters and AC Cobra inspired replicas, each of these styles has several manufacturers; however there are also several hundred other styles and models of kit cars, from three wheelers, replicas, sports fun and super car.
The East Anglian Kit Car Club was formed in October 2007 by a group of kit car enthusiasts.
The Members range from some that have built their car from scratch, some that have part built and those that have purchased their car ready built.
The Members cars range from a 1970 Dutton Melos to a 2012 Ultima GTR super car. We also have a few three wheelers among our ranks as well.
We are also proud to say we have The Mirov II, amongst our ranks, this car was built as a 1:1 mock-up for a TV advertisement for Norwich Union insurance company. Conceived as a fictional sports car from Soviet Union the Mirov II was built by Jon Bunker in two life-size examples. The base of these creations was British UVA M6 GTR kit car. Later, Brian Thompson bought one of these mock-ups and spent nine years to convert it to a driveable road car. The Mirov II received a mid-mounted Renault 2.6-litre V6 engine.
We are a fun & friendly Group where everyone is made welcome,
Whether you’re looking to build or buy a kit car, have a finished car or you’re still building.
We now boast in the region of 100 members from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
The club meets at the Jolly Farmers Pub.
Norwich Road, Forncett St Peters, Norwich NR16 1LG once per month.
We also attend several National and Local motoring shows and fetes each year.
The East Anglian Kit Car Club is free to join, however I do collect a donation from members at our area meets.
Those interested in kit cars that would like to get involved with the club can join us at the club meets at the Jolly Farmers pub. Norwich Road, Forncett St Peter, Norwich. NR16 1LG
Or contact me via e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
1970’s Dutton Melos
012 Ultima GTR super car