Beginner’s Guide to Buying Vintage Automobiles for Restoration


Most of us dream of cruising through paved roads that stretch into infinity in vintage convertibles. The first step towards making this dream a reality is to buy an iconic vintage piece and restoring it to its former glory or having it revamped to our liking. When you sink into the seat behind the wheel and press the pedal, whether you are in high school or retired, the thought of finally driving the wheels of your dream is absolutely exhilarating.

Let’s face it: automobile restoration is an investment of a few hundred thousand dollars and unless you are cautious you could end up utterly disappointed in a pool of debt and misery. Here are a few ways you can make a choice that will last a lifetime.

Choose One That Will Retain Its Maker’s Seal 

The number and variety of classic muscle cars for sale is close to infinity and if one were to impulsively settle for one that bears a reputed maker’s emblem or an attractive taillight, the chances of making a disappointing purchase is greater. Some of these automobiles lose value after restoration in which case it is important to research on models that do not lose its value once it goes through the process of revamping.

Ditch The Rust buckets!

Rust damage is time, money and raw material consuming to extents most car buyers don’t imagine. A vehicle on display ready for purchase might at a glance look gleaming with no sign of rust which is why it is important to examine every inch of the vehicle before settling in on a deal. Paying for a rust bucket will include stripping off the entire chassis, sand blasting every inch of the metal, cutting off sections that cannot be repaired and weld new steel body panels: this process could cost you a fortune. If by chance an outlet or garage across town has replacement panels for your choice of vehicle, that’ll save you the cost of fabricating panels from sheet metal – which spells starting from scratch. 

Settle For One That Runs

The most obvious factor and primary function of a vehicle is that it runs: the four wheels rotate to move the steel body forward. If there is a yard of classic muscle cars for sale in Australia that have been sitting for a decade or two you might need to include mechanical repairs i.e. buying a new engine, battery, starter or fuel pump and other essential equipment into your total cost. Cars are made to run or deteriorate otherwise and therefore buying a vintage automotive for mere speculative reasons will be a complete waste. On the contrary, opting for a vehicle that starts and runs might save you from the additional expenses. Once again, working condition is not something you can judge by mere sight or touch – so take it for a test drive!

Trust the expert

An expert on auto restoration will be able to help you make a wiser choice as opposed to going alone blindly trusting the details in an advertisement. Having an expert involved in a potential purchase can save you an unbelievable amount of time, money and energy.


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