Buying a Project Car? Here's 5 Questions to Ask First
Car restoration is a thriving business fueled by car enthusiasts who want to experience the thrill and nostalgia of driving a classic car that seems brand new.
The first step is choosing the right car for you. If you had access to your own personal time machine, what classic car would you bring back to the present? Many enthusiasts stick to cars from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. However, any type of antique car can be restored, from an old Triumph TR6 to the iconic DeLorean.
Before deciding on and purchasing a car to restore, you should ask a number of questions, including:
Does it run safely?
What works and what doesn't?
Is there any rust?
What shape are the tires in?
Why is the seller getting rid of it?
A full restoration will involve making every part of the car look impeccable, beyond just the exterior. Most restorations are done to make the car as historically accurate as possible. Once it's complete, you'll think it just rolled off the assembly line.