It’s a major undertaking to restore any classic car or truck, but some are significantly easier and more common than others. “Easier” doesn’t necessarily refer to the actual work necessary to complete a restoration, but rather the money, time, and effort you will go through to find the car, purchase it, and gather all the new and replacement parts required for the project.
If you’re like a lot of our customers, you’re probably restoring your dream car as a passion project. So, if you’re eyeing a particular car that really revs your engine, then by all means, go for it!
We compiled a list of three of the most accessible classics to restore based on the widespread availability of reproduction parts. There are many companies producing replacement parts for interior, exterior, and mechanical restoration projects. Between the Internet and catalogs, there is no shortage of ways to purchase parts for these three vehicles. We imagine the most difficult aspect will be waiting for the part to arrive on your doorstep.
1964 – 1968 Ford Mustang
With the popularity of the iconic Ford Mustang, every part is still in production by dozens of companies. There shouldn’t be an issue locating the parts you need, and because Mustangs have an enthusiastic fan base eager to provide an endless amount of support and resources, the Ford Mustang has cemented itself as a legend for car restoration around the world.
1967 – 1969 Chevy Camaro
While you may find the starting purchase price to be slightly higher, Camaros still enjoy the same part availability as the Mustang. The car is historically reliable, a blast to drive, and can be modified into a highly powerful muscle machine due to an immense aftermarket performance parts market. It’s no surprise then that 80% of all classic autocross cars are Camaros. They’re built to last, easy to repair, and relatively cheap!
1968 – 1970 Chevy Nova
Because there were over one million Chevy Novas produced, this is quite possibly the cheapest and easiest car to restore. A great choice for first-time restoration projects — just make sure you go for the two-door Nova as there isn’t much of a demand for the four door edition. Keeping the Nova stock helps the resale value, but there are countless upgrades and modifications to help the Nova perform at its best.
Here at Executive Auto Salon, we don’t just restore classic muscle cars; we perform a variety of car and food truck repair and restoration services, some less conventional than others. We even build customized food trucks at both our Center City, Philadelphia and Torresdale Avenue locations. To schedule a car restoration project with our expert restorationists, call us at 215-289-1500 or fill out a contact form with any additional questions or inquiries.