Although we are widely known for our factory-built
Speedsters, we are also a leading kit car manufacturer,
in fact described by Which Kit? Magazine as 'a proud
standard-bearer for the British kit car industry as
For the technically-minded enthusiast a Chesil self-build
project is the only way to attain ownership with a real
sense of achievement. For the novice builder a Chesil
self-build project can be a surprisingly straight forward
task, with the added assurance of Chesil's unrivalled
level of advice and support.
To find out exactly how good a Chesil body kit is, how
we can shorten your chassis to the highest standards,
and to learn more about the Chesil in component form,
please follow the categorized links to the left.
For the uninitiated here are the basic outlines of
the two most common approaches to a Chesil self-build
project. These are the basic details:
Self-Build Starting With a VW Beetle
Starting with a suitable donor Beetle you will need
to strip it down to the bare chassis. This involves
removing the engine, interior, steering column and fuel
tank before unbolting the bodyshell and lifting it off.
This will leave you with the rolling chassis from which
you remove the front suspension assembly, gear box and
The bare chassis will require precise jig-mounted shortening
at the Chesil works. Once shortened and prepared/painted
you will be able to build it back up to a rolling state
with all transmission, suspension and steering components
At this stage the Chesil bodyshell is fitted to the
rolling chassis, followed by engine, fuel system, steering
column, electrical system, lights, body trim, carpets,
upholstery and hood.
Self-Build Starting With a Chesil Full Rolling
This self-build approach is ideal if you are not working
to a tight budget. Starting with a Chesil Full Rolling
Chassis you already have what in effect is the bottom
half of a Chesil factory-built Speedster, minus its
As with the donor car route you will then fit the Chesil
bodyshell to the deluxe rolling chassis and finish the
project in the same way as described above. The difference
between this and the donor car route is that you will
require to purchase all the parts that would have been
retained if you had started with a donor car. Items
such as the engine, fuel tank, steering column and wiper
motor fall into this category.
Customers following this route nearly always finish
their project with components that match the quality
of the Full Rolling Chassis. We can supply all the
additional parts required which are prepared to a
The Individual Parts page details additional items
that you may require for your self-build project.
Some of these parts are related to the donor car and
some are individual accessory items not included in
our main finishing sets.
There is no set route to follow for your self-build
project. With Chesil you have the flexibility to pick
and choose with our parts and services.
We can supply any part that you may require for your
project and also offer a flexible range of services,
allowing you to specify the exact stage of completion
for your kit, from a bare shell to an almost complete
car requiring only minor tasks to complete. This will
still allow you to claim all credit for having built
For further details follow the categorized links to
the above left.