If you have the time and energy, restoring a car to its former glory is an extremely satisfying job because you basically build a car from the ground. Considering the car’s initial condition, parts prices and availability, it can take a lot of time to build it. But some cars are so awesome that they’re worth the “hassle.”
All of these cars are old models that have been restored, and you should check them out before searching for your own project. Enjoy!
Plymouth Duster 1970 -1973: It’s much more affordable than a Challenger or a Charger. Plymouth Dusters are even more easy to work on, easy to find (it was mass produced) and it’s pretty easy to find spare and original parts.
Chevrolet Nova 1968 – 1970: If you’re a Chevy fan, then this is the Duster equivalent. This car has been mass produced ( a bit over 1 million cars) making it a great first-time restoration car.
Plymouth Barracuda 1967- 1969: Even though some parts of this car are not so easy to find, they are still mass produced so there is a chance that you will find what you need at a specialized, or an after market dealer.
Ford Thunderbird 1961-1966 – If you can’t afford an earlier Thunderbird, then these models are the next best thing, and they are a whole lot sleeker too. Same as the Barracuda, parts are still being manufactured and can be found in stores.
Cadillac 1965 – 1966 – This is a must have car because all mechanical and even body parts can be found. The engines are really powerful and there is so much space in the car!
Buick Riviera 1963-1965 – This is a very reliable and a very durable car. You might end up not restoring much as they may be in good condition. But even so, mechanical and body parts are easy to find.
Dodge Challenger 1972- 1973 – This is a prime example of a car that should be restored from scratch just for its sheer beauty. It’s one of the best cars ever that made history.
Chevrolet Camaro 1967 – 1969 – A well known and loved car, meaning that if you need to restore if from scratch, you can do it easily as there are always brand new parts on the market.
Ford Mustang 1964-1968 – The best part about restoring a Mustang is that the parts are a click away. There are so many sites and shops that sell used or new parts that you can spend hours just browsing for the parts you need to customize your car.
Pontiac GTO 1971-1972 – Costing a few bucks more than the other cars, this GTO can be restored to its glory with ease as there have been many parts reproduced.
Lincoln Continental – 1961-’66 – Not a car for a first time restorer but while some body and trim parts have been reproduced, there isn’t an overly huge selection.
Pontiac Firebird 1970-1973 – This model was so sought after because of its first generation’s price going up, that may have made it a good restoring car as there will be many used or even new parts up to sale.
Mercury Cougar 1967-1968 – Basically a Mustang in disguise, this car has all the electrical and mechanical parts that you can find, so restoring will not be hard at all.
Oldsmobile Cutlass 1968-1972 – With great looks and decent power, this is a great restorable car considering that it has interchangeable parts with many GM cars.
Ford Falcon 1964-1965 – Cougar, Mustang, Falcon…they are all the same. They even have interchangeable parts so restoring it will not be a problem. The ride is excellent and the power is really good.
Chevrolet Impala 1965 – With a racy character, this ’65Impalaa is rather hard to find but strangely the parts for it are not. It can be restored to it’s beauty with ease.
De Soto Fireflite Hemi 1955-’56 – The most affordable Hemi-powered Mopart can give you an air of superiority. The biggest issue with restoring this car is that there are no new parts, so you can only buy used parts for restoring.
Chevrolet Chevelle 1971-’72 – This Chevy would be great for a restoration project. There are so many of them that there is a chance you may find new parts.
Chrysler 300L – 1965 – Of all the Letter series models, the L is the most affordable one to buy and the easiest to restore; it shares many body and trim parts with other mass produced Mopars.
Packard 1951-1954 – These are beautifully styled cars that are very well constructed, with lots of quality detailing. Nearly all mechanical and electrical parts can be bought new.
Pontiac Grand Prix – 1962 – Everybody likes this variant of the Grand Prix. It’s a full sized muscle-performance car and you can find a lot of new parts on the market.
Studebaker Golden Hawk 1956-’58 – A classy 2 seater that was also mass produced so parts and body trims are not hard to find. Even if it’s old, you could still restore it.
Chevrolet Bel Air 1955-’57 – You can build this car from the ground up if you want to. There are still so many brand new parts, even brand new shells, that you can buy from specialized stores.
AMC AMX 1968-’69 – This amazing looking AMX will cost you a bit more but parts are not that hard to find and are kind of cheap considering the price of the car. Restoring can be an easy job as parts can be found easily.
Ford Model A 1928-’31 – It’s hard to believe that this model still has brand new parts, considering its production years. Parts are easy to find and fairly cheap so this can be an interesting restoration project if you have the time to do it.