Many men and even some women dream of owning a muscle car at some point. But buying an actual muscle car can be expensive. New models of cars such as the Camaro and Dodge Charger can easily run above $30,000 or more while classic cars can cost even more if they are in top shape. An alternative to buying an actual car is to buy a replica car kit, such as a Cobra car kit.
Buying a kit that is an authentic replication of a traditional muscle car can be a good investment. Such a kit usually costs much less than the actual car, but it can still be worth a lot, as many kit cars are very sought after. In many cases, kit cars can be your only option because the original car was made in such limited production runs that it is rare and extremely difficult to find and expensive to buy. For example, there were only 538 1964 models of the Mark II built. In the seven model years from 1962 to 1968, Carroll Shelby built only about 1,000 Cobras total — about 650 with a small-block engines and 350 with a large-block one.
Another group that can benefit from a kit car over the real thing are those who race the cars. Kit cars usually are much lighter than original models, which can be a huge advantage when you are racing. Racing cars and roadster models can weigh well over 1 1/2 tons, but Cobras made from kits weigh much less, as much as 1,000 pounds in some cases. That weight difference can greatly increase the car’s speed and make it more competitive on the racetrack.
If you simply want a muscle car for the way it looks and for driving purposes, using a kit car can be a good choice. Kit cars are usually built to the same standards, so you get the same experience as the real thing without having to pay the same price. Another advantage to having a kit car is that it usually is easier to find parts for it. There are a number of companies that cater to kit car owners with parts while finding parts for a 40- or 50-year-old original can be very difficult.