By: Steve Hole .
A-Z of Kit Cars is a new encyclopaedia that lists every kit car produced since 1949 in unprecedented detail. This meticulously researched book, full of fact and anecdote is essential - and entertaining - reading for anyone interested in kit cars.
The British kit car industry was inadvertently started in 1949 when Derek Buckler, founder of Buckler cars, supplied eager customers with 'replicas' of his clubman racer. Since then, the kit car industry has evolved from one full of 'funny little plastic cars' to today's position, where superb cars are manufactured by credible businesses such as Caterham, Westfield and Ultima.
This comprehensive, authoritative and often humorous book documents over 1,500 kit cars, marque by marque and model by model. It includes the successes and failures, the survivors and the short-lived, the classics and the obscurities. Photographs accompany the vast majority of entries, making this book the most thorough reference source there is on kit cars.
Detailed appendices include a list of where each kit car manufacturer was based throughout Britain. Sales figures for kit cars are notoriously difficult to chart, but the author has compiled a table of best-selling kit cars using his inside knowledge and educated estimates.
Steve Hole started his career on Kit Cars & Specials magazine in 1985 and has been writing about kit cars ever since, contributing to titles in both the UK and USA. He founded totalkitcaroom and totalkitcar magazine, both of which have risen to positions of respect within the industry, and he remains editor of both.
A-Z of Kit Cars is essential reading for all kit car devotees, and a vital reference book for all motoring enthusiasts.