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1. Does Galatea Automobiles LLC sell complete turnkey cars?

No, we sell a kit that we think customers will find rewarding to assemble. The detailed instruction manual should keep the project from being stressful. It can be an exciting and rewarding project to drive something that you assembled yourself in the garage.

2. Can I buy the front or rear end separately to do a partial conversion?

Yes, all of the parts and hardware to complete the front end are available for $4,280. All of the parts and hardware to complete the rear end are available for $1,380.

3. What is involved in assembling the kit?

Assembly mostly involves unbolting the old parts, drilling holes in the new parts, and aligning/bolting them in place. The job can be done in a home garage, and there aren't any special or expensive tools required.

4. What year Hyundai Tiburon/Coupe will the Galatea kit fit?

The kit will fit the GK and GK F/L generation. In North America, these are the 2003-2006 models. In other countries, they may have been sold earlier or later. The front of the kit won't fit the 2007-2008 FL2 models, but the parts for the rear would.

5. How is the car registered and inspected?

The car is still registered as a Hyundai Tiburon. The car meets all federal lighting requirements, and should pass inspection without a problem. If you are unsure about inspections in your state, you can check your state DMV inspection book.

6. How much does a good Tiburon/Coupe cost?

Good examples with around 50,000 miles, a V6 engine, and leather interior can be found for around $8,000 dollars. The car shown also has new wheels. It was built for a total of $16,000.

7. Why was the Hyundai Tiburon/Coupe chosen as the base car for the Galatea kit?

  1. 2003 models are very affordable, while practically new 2006 examples are also available.
  2. Unlike kits based on older cars, the Tiburon/Coupe has more modern safety conveniences such as ABS brakes, front and side airbags, and improved collision standards.
  3. The Tiburon/Coupe has many performance parts available, such as suspension upgrades, exhausts, superchargers, and other modifications.
  4. The styling of the Hyundai's midsection from the side view appears to be inspired most by other expensive Italian coupes. The Hyundai has the right design genes to look more like an expensive exotic car. The goal of the Galatea kit was to develop the exotic look even further, without giving the appearance of a car with a body kit. The lines of the new kit blend with the doors and roof for an overall design unity. This makes it look more like a new car, instead of a car that has been modified.

8. Can the kit be shipped to another country for use?

Yes, however there are a few things to keep in mind. When installing the kit on a car in another country such as Great Britain , it is up to the user to comply with local regulations to make the kit road legal. Most of the lights used on the car are available in e-code versions. Other details, such as adding rear fog lights, using amber rear turn signals, and using a smaller license plate are the responsibility of the end user.

9. Can the kit be installed on a previously damaged car?

Yes, but the damage should either be minor, or straightened out before installing the kit. A car without a straight frame will make it more difficult to fit the new parts.

10. Does the whole car have to be repainted?

No. The new parts can be painted, and made to blend with the paint on the original parts. This way there is no noticeable difference in the color between the new and original parts.



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