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DougClaflin i have come across kit car, ready built, production and some other designations for cars. What is the distinction between a kit car, a ready built car, and a production car? Forinstance the Fararri FXX is a production car though only 30 have been built. Basically, if I started building say the Manta kit car multiple times for sale, does it become a ready built car or a production car? Are there differnt rulses and regulations for these designations (EPA, CAFE, crash testing etc.)? How is a kit car certified as street worthy? This is just idle couriosity on my part, so it is OK to ignore my questions.
Rick Hi Doug,
That line has become increasingly blurred in past years. Generally speaking a "kit car" would be a vehicle that has been assembled from a factory produced package - a kit. Those same vehicles that have been assembled by the factory as drivable cars would still be considered "kits", even though they are turn-key, since the car itself can still be bought at the discretion of a purchaser either in pieces (kit form) or as turn key. I'm not sure of when the line is drawn when a manufacturer has to start crash-testing vehicles, though. I think for a manufacturer to sell more than 100 turn-key cars in a given year they need to do crash-tests - but don't quote me on that. It's a nice fine grey area...
The FXX is indeed a production car, albeit limited. ******* has been around for decades, so there is no doubt that the FXX is not a kit but intended for advanced drivers. It would also fall under the "production car" category as I believe it did go through crash-testing. All major manufacturers that provide thousands of cars to the general public are required to do crash safety testing. Kit manufacturers don't deliver that many as mentioned previously.

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