OVERVIEW

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.

CONTENT COMPLETENESS:
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.

INTERNET:
An internet presence was created and links added to the front covers starting in March 2001. The site is now defunct: www.kitcarmag.com.

Feb/Mar 1982
Feb/Mar '82 Vol 1 No 1
Apr/May 1982
Apr/May '82 Vol 1 No 2
July 1982
July '82 Vol 1 No 3
Sept 1982
Sept '82 Vol 1 No 4
Nov 1982
Nov '82 Vol 1 No 5
Jan 1983
Jan '83 Vol 2 No 1
Mar 1983
Mar '83 Vol 2 No 2
May 1983
May '83 Vol 2 No 3
July 1983
July '83 Vol 2 No 4
Sept 1983
Sept '83 Vol 2 No 5
Nov 1983
Nov '83 Vol 2 No 6
Jan 1984
Jan '84 Vol 3 No 1
Mar 1984
Mar '84 Vol 3 No 2
May 1984
May '84 Vol 3 No 3
July 1984
July '84 Vol 3 No 4
Sept 1984
Sept '84 Vol 3 No 5
Nov 1984
Nov '84 Vol 3 No 6
Jan 1985
Jan '85 Vol 4 No 1
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Mar '85 Vol 4 No 2
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May '85 Vol 4 No 3
July 1985
July '85 Vol 4 No 4
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Nov '85 Vol 4 No 6
Jan 1986
Jan '86 Vol 5 No 1
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July '86 Vol 5 No 4
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Sept '86 Vol 5 No 5
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Jan 1990
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Jan '91 Vol 10 No 1
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May '91 Vol 10 No 3
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July '91 Vol 10 No 4
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Sept '91 Vol 10 No 5
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Nov '91 Vol 10 No 6
Jan 1992
Jan '92 Vol 11 No 1
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Jan '94 Vol 13 No 1
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Mar '94 Vol 13 No 2
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May '94 Vol 13 No 3
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July '94 Vol 13 No 4
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Nov '94 Vol 13 No 6
1995 to 2000