Kit Car was published bi-monthly by Petersen Publishing in Los Angeles, California. Ron Cogan was the first editor. It was the longest running
and largest circulation for its genre.
The emergence of kit cars or component cars had been around since shortly after the automobile came into existence. There was a wave of fiberglass-bodied designs
that were sold to independent builders in the 1950s and 1960s. However, a new wave of component manufacturers, plus better technology, emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. The marketplace not only included
VW-powered cars, but vehicles like the AC Cobra, Lotus 7, vintage Porsches and others became very popular.
Although other automotive magazines covered kit cars as a secondary subject, Petersen was an early entrant with dedicated content. Like most magazines, it
covered new products, how-to articles, and feature articles showcasing owner-built cars. A subsequent competitor in this space was Kit Car Illustrated which came on the
scene two years later in 1984.
An estimated 137 issues were printed from the magazine's inception to March, 2009, but only cover images through 1995 are included at this time.
An internet presence was created and links added to the front covers starting in March 2001. The site is now defunct: www.kitcarmag.com.