Lancia Stratos Kit Car

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The Lancia Stratos kit car is a faithful replica of the trophy winning rally cars of the seventies and combines classic Italian sports car design with modern suspension and brakes, for the ultimate drivers vehicle.

Kit cars come in a bewildering range of body shapes and performance options, from simple three-wheelers through to blistering motorcycle powered supercars. Of course we shouldn't forget the ever popular Cobra replicas, based on the original Shelby Cobra of the Sixties.

With so many kit cars to build it can be a bit confusing for the first timer. So in order to make an informed decision, as opposed to simply jumping at the first project we stumble across, is to take a little time to figure out what we are hoping for and whether we can complete it with the tools and skills available.

In order to do this we need to ask ourselves a few questions in the cold light of day without the giddy excitement of a show or manufacturers sales rep to interfere with our decision making.

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What will we use the car for?

There is a kit car for almost every possible use, so in order to narrow down our list of possible projects we need to be realistic and decide what we are going to use the finished vehicle for.

For example if you want a car to use as a source of income as a wedding car then you can rule out models such as the cobras or the Lotus Sevens as they are simply not suitable.

Of course, in this instance the range is pretty limited to a Beauford Tourer or one of the other classic vintage replicas such as the Royale Windsor.

What is our budget

We really need to set a budget for the project as with any hobby it is very easy to spend considerably more than you intended when you add in all the shiny bits. Budget alone will help you to narrow the field considerably! however, there is still a wide range of options within each vehicle style so don't think that having a smaller budget means you cannot drive the vehicle of your dreams. As a general rule, the cheaper the kit car, the more work you will need to do as a builder.

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What style do I want?

OK, you want a sporty weekend warrior that you can scream along leafy country lanes on dry Sunday mornings. This can be achieved in a diverse selection of vehicle styles so you'll still need to narrow your choices down a bit. do you want a classic sportster such as a Cobra replica or something styled on the legendary Lotus Seven?

Maybe you prefer a sports car with a look that reflects your character rather than a clone of something else. If this is the case then perhaps a curvy Grinnall Scorpion will be more to your taste.

Whatever you finally choose, remember that buying and building a kit car is a fun and satisfying hobby that you can enjoy for years.