While classic car restoration can be a very exciting time, a potential buyer must take the time to have a great understanding of how to properly evaluate the condition of a classic car and the level of restoration it needs prior to purchase the classic. Whether you’re considering a 1950’s Porsche 356, an Austin-Healey 3000 from the 1960’s, one of the many classic Mercedes models, or a classic Jaguar XKE, taking the time to inspect and qualify a potential purchase can save you thousands of dollars and years of heartache.
The Beverly Hills Car Club, a renowned California classic car dealership that specializes in the sale of classics of all makes, models, and conditions, has spent years working with classic car restorers and have put together the following list of classic car restoration tips for your benefit. Let’s take a look at some of the most important tips:
Before you choose to purchase, sit down with a piece of paper and a parts catalog for the model you want to restore and run some numbers within your projected budget. This will not only help you get a feel for the overall cost of restoration, but doing this research will give you a better understanding of the availability of parts and the most common areas of concern for the particular model you’re planning on restoring.
Inspect the classic car you plan on restoring very carefully, top to bottom, inside and out; use your hands to feel for body damage and a flashlight to check under the chassis for rust. It is always best to hire a third party mechanic to perform a pre-purchase inspection if the seller will allow you. Be wary of sellers who do not give permission for an inspection.
Purchasing a solid car with as little damage to the frame floor, axles, etc. can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. It is always recommended to purchase the best condition and most complete model you can within your budget.
Decide from the beginning whether you will be doing the work yourself or will hire professional classic car restorers. Even if you are planning on doing the work yourself, it is sometimes helpful to have a professional run some restoration numbers for you so you can see how close your estimates are.
Decide the level of restoration you want to undertake, as this can be an important factor in the decision to purchase a classic car for restoration. A driver restoration, show car restoration or concours level restoration can each mean a different level of originality and completeness is needed from the example you choose.
These are just a few of the many restoration tips that the Alex Manos team has learned over the years. To learn more classic car restoration tips like these, be sure to contact their team today. In the meantime, they encourage you to browse their online inventory to view the classics they currently have housed in their California classic car dealership’s showroom. Here you’ll find classics of all makes, models and conditions. Should you have any questions, their team is always just a phone call away. Connect today to learn more and to be one step closer to finding the restoration you’ve been looking for!
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