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