I went to junior high school around the corner from a Lamborghini.
In 7th grade a friend pointed to a house with a closed garage door and said, “There’s a Lamborghini in that garage.” I didn’t believe him, because I never saw it. The garage door was always closed. Every day I’d look, hoping to catch a glimpse of a real Lamborghini. Then, one day…
A bright red, low-slung angular Lamborghini Countach sat in the driveway. I was in awe. It was the first Lamborghini I’d ever seen.
Or was it?
An 8th grader saw me staring down the Lambo and quickly brought me back to Earth. “You know that’s not a real Lamborghini, right? It’s a kit car. You can tell because its about 80 percent the size of a real one.”
Ever since that day the words “kit car” have struck loathing into my soul. An article at MSN yesterday, though, made some good points about owning a kit car.
Can’t afford a million dollar Ford GT40? How about a kit version that shares about two-thirds of its parts with the real car for a tenth of the price? With that you could very well fool your non-enthusiast neighbors into thinking you bought the real thing.
That junior high “Lambo” was probably just a Pontiac Fiero with a new body kit, which about $10,000 and some time behind a closed garage door can create. Kit cars can definitely turn heads and look much more expensive than they are, but can also easily cost up to $100,000 once the powertrain is purchased and installed. For that, I’d still rather take the money and search the CarGurus used listings for a Jaguar XK or Porsche 911.
What about you: Would you rather buy an exotic kit car or a used sports car?