How to Build Your Own Sports Car

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Less than 20 years ago, a book was published in the U.K. called “Build Your Own Sports Car for as Little as £250.” It’s now out of print, but Ron Champion’s book is credited for starting a movement of regular people creating a space in their garages to build a sports car for themselves. If you are interested in tinkering with vehicle parts and want to build your own sports car, here are a few tips:

  • Do your “how-to” research online – Many automotive builders post YouTube videos of the process they use for different tasks. There are also hundreds of Q-and-A chat rooms where readers provide feedback for different questions asked. Bookmark these videos and pages so you can find them as you proceed through the process of building your sports car. Another book that is available is “How to Build a Cheap Sports Car” by Keith Tanner.


  • Check your state’s laws on regulations for home-built cars. States may require an inspection by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and often have special rules when it comes to using a donor car and VIN numbers. If you plan on driving your home-built car once it’s finished, be sure you get it registered. Knowing your state’s laws prior to building your car might help save heartache during the registration process.


  • Find donor parts – Junkyards, online classified websites and online auctions like will probably give you the best listings of vehicles that could provide the donor frame, as well as all the parts you’ll need to build your own sports car. The research you do prior to searching for parts will help you determine make, model and year of the donor cars you’re interested in, allowing you to do a quick search on the online sites

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