Newbies stroll in here and ask, who is the best builder? And often the collective response is: IM, Beck/Special edition, Vintage _________ (Hawaiian Gardens), and JPS. Although the latter is generally followed by a number of mumblings.
This list doesn’t mean that the other groups don’t build fine cars; I always liked Seduction’s 550. In my opinion, the top three rise to the top because of their proven track record. I assume a majority of folks in the market for a plastic Speedster don’t have $10k, $20k or $30k that they could easily afford to loose. While it’s not a 100% guarantee that the top three shops I listed above won’t steal your money and go out of business, chances are very slim. This is what the smaller builders cannot provide, a sense of security.
As I thought more about this, there’s only one shop I’d recommend for a new Speedster (or perhaps even used), and that’s Beck / Special Edition. Why?...for a sound piece of mind.
One, they build a quality car and have a reputable business. (This is also shared with Henry and Greg).
Two, they are active with this forum; providing help and direction for various member’s issues. Showing genuine interest to the hobby and those that participate. This is one area where they seem to rise above the others; as the other builders either do not participate on this forum, or aren’t interested in solving member’s particular issues as much as they are pedaling their own products.
The third reason is that they keep very detailed notes on their builds. No one at VS even knew what the actual color of my car was. I found SE extremely helpful when looking for a used Beck. I would send them the serial number and within hours would have a honest and thorough response.