OVERVIEW
Kit Car Quarterly was initially published quarterly by McMullen Publishing. The publisher was Tom McMullen. His company had a large portfolio of magazines including Street Rodder, Popular Cars, Mustang Illustrated and VW Trends.

The emergence of kit cars or component cars had been around since shortly after the automobile came into existence. There was a first wave of fiberglass-bodied designs that were sold to independent builders in the 1950s and 1960s. However, a new wave of component manufacturers emerged with better technology 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.

This title was started on the heels of Petersen Publishings' Kit Car offering, and it offered similar content including new products, how-to articles, and feature articles showcasing owner-built cars. After six issues, it was retitled as Kit Car Illustrated with the June, 1985 issue. It began bi-monthly publication, and the month of publication alternated with Petersen's Kit Car bi-monthly schedule to apparently avoid confusion on the newstand.

Mr. McMullen died in a tragic accident in February, 1995. A few months later, Kit Car Illustrated was sold to K-III Inc. for $55 million. It became part of the McMullen Argus publishing division.

Publication continued until 2001 when the title ceased.

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PUBLICATION DATA
The publisher provided circulation data to Gale Research from 1988 through 1998 except for a few years with no submittal. Average monthly net paid circulation was consistently 14,166 issues printed.

CONTENT COMPLETENESS:
A total of 106 issues was printed from Spring, 1983 through December, 2001. All cover images are complete except the following: Volume 1 Number 2, 12/88, 6/90, 8/93, 10/94, 4/95, 8/95 and 10/01.

INTERNET:
An internet presence was created and links added to the front covers starting in December, 1999. The site is now defunct: www.kitcarillustrated.com.

1983
1983 Vol 1 No 1
1983 Vol 1 No 2
Fall 1983
Fall 1983 Vol 1 No 3
1984
1984 Vol 1 No 4
Winter 1985
Winter 1985 Vol 2 No 1
Spring 1985
Spring 1985 Vol 2 No 2
Last issue before title change
Jun June 1985
June 1985 Vol 2 No 3
New title
Aug August 1985
Aug 1985 Vol 2 No 4
Oct October 1985
Oct 1985 Vol 2 No 5
Dec December 1985
Dec 1985 Vol 2 No 6
Feb February 1986
Feb 1986 Vol 3 No 1
Apr April 1986
Apr 1986 Vol 3 No 2
Jun June 1986
June 1986 Vol 3 No 3
Aug August 1986
Aug 1986 Vol 3 No 4
Oct October 1986
Oct 1986 Vol 3 No 5
Dec December 1986
Dec 1986 Vol 3 No 6
Feb February 1987
Feb 1987 Vol 3 No 1
Numbering error
Apr April 1987
Apr 1987 Vol 4 No 2
Numbering corrected
Jun June 1987
June 1987 Vol 4 No 3
Aug August 1987
Aug 1987 Vol 4 No 4
Oct October 1987
Oct 1987 Vol 4 No 5
Dec December 1987
Dec 1987 Vol 4 No 6
Feb February 1988
Feb 1988 Vol 5 No 1
Apr April 1988
Apr 1988 Vol 5 No 2
Jun June 1988
June 1988 Vol 5 No 3
Aug August 1988
Aug 1988 Vol 5 No 4
Oct October 1988
Oct 1988 Vol 5 No 5
Dec 1988 Vol 5 No 6
Feb February 1989
Feb 1989 Vol 6 No 1
Apr April 1989
Apr 1989 Vol 6 No 2
Jun June 1989
June 1989 Vol 6 No 3
Aug August 1989
Aug 1989 Vol 6 No 4
Oct October 1989
Oct 1989 Vol 6 No 5
Dec December 1989
Dec 1989 Vol 6 No 6
Feb February 1990
Feb 1990 Vol 7 No 1
Apr April 1990
Apr 1990 Vol 7 No 2
June 1990 Vol 7 No 3
Aug August 1990
Aug 1990 Vol 7 No 4
Oct October 1990
Oct 1990 Vol 7 No 5
Dec December 1990
Dec 1990 Vol 7 No 6
Feb February 1991
Feb 1991 Vol 8 No 1
Apr April 1991
Apr 1991 Vol 8 No 2
Jun June 1991
June 1991 Vol 8 No 3
Aug August 1991
Aug 1991 Vol 8 No 4
Oct October 1991
Oct 1991 Vol 8 No 5
Dec December 1991
Dec 1991 Vol 8 No 6
Feb February 1992
Feb 1992 Vol 9 No 1
Apr April 1992
Apr 1992 Vol 9 No 2
Jun June 1992
June 1992 Vol 9 No 3
Aug August 1992
Aug 1992 Vol 9 No 4
Oct October 1992
Oct 1992 Vol 9 No 5
Dec December 1992
Dec 1992 Vol 9 No 6
Feb February 1993
Feb 1993 Vol 10 No 1
Apr April 1993
Apr 1993 Vol 10 No 2
Jun June 1993
June 1993 Vol 10 No 3
Aug 1993 Vol 10 No 4
Oct October 1993
Oct 1993 Vol 10 No 5
Dec December 1993
Dec 1993 Vol 10 No 6
Feb February 1994
Feb 1994 Vol 11 No 1
Apr April 1994
Apr 1994 Vol 11 No 2
Jun June 1994
June 1994 Vol 11 No 3
Aug August 1994
Aug 1994 Vol 11 No 4
Oct 1994 Vol 11 No 5
Dec December 1994
Dec 1994 Vol 11 No 6
Feb February 1995
Feb 1995 Vol 12 No 1
Apr 1995 Vol 12 No 2
Jun June 1995
June 1995 Vol 12 No 3
Aug 1995 Vol 12 No 4
Oct October 1995
Oct 1995 Vol 12 No 5
Dec December 1995
Dec 1995 Vol 12 No 6
Feb February 1996
Feb 1996 Vol 13 No 1
Apr April 1996
Apr 1996 Vol 13 No 2
June 1996 Vol 13 No 3
Aug August 1996
Aug 1996 Vol 13 No 4
Oct October 1996
Oct 1996 Vol 13 No 5
Dec December 1996
Dec 1996 Vol 13 No 6
1997 to 2001