Restomods are becoming more and more popular with car enthusiasts, especially those who would rather do a restomod than a factory restoration.
What is a Restomod
A restomod is categorized as a classic vehicle that has gone through the restoration process, however, the big difference between restomods and regular restoration jobs is that restomods have modern parts and modern technology added to them.
Common restomod upgrades might include engine, drivetrain, safety features, stereo equipment, and more.
Restomods are going to look a lot like a normal classic vehicle on the outside and maintain curb appeal aesthetically, but there are often some pretty amazing upgrades inside of the vehicle and perhaps even under the hood. Many restomod owners have upgraded the engines as a way of improving performance as well as increasing fuel efficiency and safety.
Restomods can typically cost you anywhere from $90,000-$120,000 depending on the condition of the classic vehicle before the restomod project starts.
Make sure that you have enough funds to get the job done — the last thing you want is to get started, then have to keep an unfinished restomod project in your garage until you have all the resources you need to get the job done.
BBC’s TopGear has some pretty amazing examples of successful restomod projects, including a classic Mercedes-Benz ‘Wolf’ G-Wagen 250GD, as well as a Porsche 959C — these will serve as some inspiration and maybe give you an idea of what sort of restomod project you’d like to commence with.
You’ll want to have an idea of exactly what you wish to achieve with your restomod project, which could be a dragster, but it could also be a Sunday morning driver. The budget and scale of your project will be vastly different depending on how you plan to use the vehicle.
A Gateway to New Creativity
As you start your restomod project, think of it as a new avenue toward creativity and artistic expression. Start with a vehicle that you’ve always been fascinated by, whether it’s a classic pickup, a Stingray convertible, or even some sort of oddity that is sure to turn heads. Having an exciting canvas to work on will ensure that you enjoy the process throughout.
Become a miniature expert on the vehicle you choose. Read up on the strengths and weaknesses of the vehicle, and plan your restomod project based upon this information.
Take your time and be patient because there are bound to be snags. If you’re doing any work yourself, do what you’re able without overextending yourself. Know when to hire a professional technician to pull off the particulars.
Down the road, you may require maintenance for your restomod, just like you would with any other vehicle. Instead of typing “car maintenance near me” into your search bar, you might want to consider a mobile mechanic, as long as they have an expertise with the vehicle in question.
Now that you know a little more about what to expect and how to make a plan, we wish you the best of luck with your restomod project!