This is a method to import a car (specifically from Japan.) It is basically the act of stripping a import car (that does not meet U.S. standards) down to its frame (taking out engine, wiring harness, interior, etc) and shipping the frame to America. After shipping the frame, the person then proceeds to individually ship the interior parts and after they are collected, replace them in the car. Now this is not the most legal route to go, but for example if you ship an import car over here(America), it will not have a valid VIN (vehicle identification number), so you will need to have a US spec donor car (buy one from junkyard, as long as you get the title, you're OK)...next step is to take every single VIN# plate off the wrecked car, and transfer it onto the imported car. As long as you don't go around bragging about how you got the car legalised, you'll be fine. IF police finds out what you've done...the car will be impounded and either shipped back to Japan (or wherever you got it) or most likely destroyed, and you will be facing number of fines and possibly some jail time.
The term "kit" is coined from the act of the way a kit car is put together... everything is put together individually, starting with the frame.
Hey I was wondering if I can get my Toyota Aristo into America via the kit car method
Normally a replica of a historical car built from a store bought kit and fitted to the frame of an already existing vehicle.
While classic cars are popular, modern cars such as Dodge Vipers, Lamborghini Diablos and even original designs can also be kit cars. Other such kit cars are the class 5-1600 Baja Bugs which use parts from donor VW Type 1 Bugs to build an off-road dune buggy.
"Hey Bob, you finish that AC Cobra Kit Car yet?"