Any classic car aficionado should now the difference between an original, a restored and a resto-mod car as all classic cars fall under these 3 categories. So let’s define each one and determine which the best is.
Original cars are very hard to find and essentially very expensive, especially if they are in good working condition. They are cars that have been retained both their visual and mechanical features from the day it was released. They have obtain very few damages and damaged parts are only repaired and never replaced.
The best way to determine if a car is authentic is to look at the matching numbers. The serial numbers that are stamped, engraved, or casted on all major parts of the vehicle such as the chassis, engine, transmission, and body. The matching numbers are placed during production and recorded. All matching numbers should match with the company registry.
The true original cars should have all components intact the same as the day it went out of production and should never be confused with “restored” cars.
The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake as shown above is one example of an original car. A very rare example as it is the only one to exist and amazingly still has all the original parts intact. It is no wonder it is one of the most expensive cars sold in America, a jaw dropping $5,500,000.
A restored car is a car that has been renewed to its original factory configurations by replacing the damage parts with original factory components. “New Old Stock” or “NOS” are original factory components but was never sold to the public. These parts are very hard to find, it takes a lot of time and money to secure one. Which is why most restore car using new components that have the same specifications as the original one.
The 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 TANKER shown above was fully restored with original factory components after it was found in Salt Lake City and needed repairs to run again. All parts that was used in the restoration of this Z06 Tanker were all original factory components and no new components. Being fully restored, it earned the Bloomberg Gold Certification and NCRS Top Flight. The appeal of a restored classic is honoring its authenticity and making it exactly how it was as it went out of the factory.
A resto-mod is basically restoring a classic car but adding modern components and tech. They usually look the same as an original classic car but have the performance of a modern car. Most resto-mod are done because a lot of classic cars do not comply with the emission and safety standards to be street legal. Some owners also added modern features such as sound system, air-condition, and GPS systems.
The Shelby G.T.500CR-545 show above is a resto-mod done by Classic Recreations. They use a 1967 or 1968 Mustang Fastback and replace the powertrain and drivetrain with modern ones to greatly increase its overall performance.
The great thing about resto-mods is that you still get that awesome classic look but have a far better performance, although many would argue that a ‘classic’ should not be touched.
What do you think?