Classic Muscle Cars That Are Easy to Restore
Restoring a classic car or truck is a labor of love. And, just because you find your dream car, doesn’t mean it will be a dream to restore. Obtaining restoration parts for repairs can cost more than your classic will ever be worth. But, starting with certain classics can make the job easier.
CheatSheet.com has put together a list of classic muscle cars that are the easiest to restore based on the availability of restoration parts. Couple that with the classic specialists listed in this issue and you should have no trouble finding a hull, chrome and other sought after parts to turn your dream into a reality. CheatSheet.com’s list includes 25 classic cars, here’s the top five.
1965 - 1970 Ford Mustang
Ask any classic specialist and they’ll tell you the Mustang is one of the most sought after cars. According to CheatSheet.com there are several companies that sell brand new factory-spec interiors, complete with hardware, like CJ Pony Parts. Every part of these vehicles can either be found on the original car or is remanufactured.
1967 - 1969 Chevy Camaro
The Camaro is Chevrolet’s answer to the Mustang. Companies like Camaro Central sells full interiors and the small-block Chevrolet V8 are readily available, according to CheatSheet.com. Build a relationship with one of The Locator’s classic specialists and ask them to keep on the lookout for Camaro parts, because they don’t stick around.
1957 Fuel Injected Chevy
The 1957 Chevy “Fuelie” was a hot performance car of the late-1950s. CheatSheet.com stated companies started selling brand new Fuelie’s about 10 years ago with exact replica parts. If you can find one at a classic specialist, restoring it should be no problem.
1964 - 1970 Pontiac GTO
According to CheatSheet.com, the Mustang was the first ponycar but the GTO was the first real muscle car. There are plenty of replica parts, but CheatSheet.com warns the GTO was more expensive and rarer than the Mustang and Camaro so it may cost more to restore.
1970 - 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
The Chevrolet Chevelle is another gem in the classic car industry. Many classic specialists say this model is asked about more than any other. It has been rebuilt for decades, especially the SS models, so finding replica parts is easy. Ask one of The Locator’s classic specialists to keep an eye out for Chevelle bodies. Many will ship the entire car directly to you.