Would you love visiting vintage car shows across the country, looking at the classic cars that have been restored? The autos seem as if they have been restored to life, and any owners who did such marvelous restoration work themselves should be especially proud. There's a huge difference between a car restoration and having a car simply rebuilt.
A car that is truly restored has everything, including all of the parts, as genuine as possible, whereas a rebuilt car will use any parts that function. If the car can be restored to the original quality, it will be appreciably higher in value. This kind of restoration is a voyage in time, back to the time when the vehicle was still new.
Restoring a vintage car is an art that can take years to finish, if done competently. The length of time it takes is largely due to finding the required parts, because each and every part has to be original.
The restoration process is lengthy and involves taking the car apart completely, followed by cleaning all of the original parts and finding a replacement or effecting a repair where it's required, and then reassembling it all. To hold its original value, the correct parts must be installed, and the engine typically has to be rebuilt. If you want to restore a vintage car you won't be able to do it properly without a historically sound and comprehensive expertise in cars.
It's not simply the mechanics; you also need to know body work because you have to restore the vehicle completely, to the complete, original design. The whole interior also needs restoration, so repairing the upholstery must be done. If you're restoring a 1955 Chevy, you are not going to be able to get replacement seats, but you can recover the seats to complement those used in a 1955 Chevy.
For a vintage car to be worth big money to a collector, it must be restored carefully to its original condition and not just replaced with knockoff parts. Original paint is an especially problematic thing to source, but most parts will require a lot of searching. To compete in this sphere, you must have patience, room for working, and cash for buying the parts. You'll breathe new life into a car if you salvage it from the demolishers and restore it to its classic condition.
You have to have a passion for restoring vintage cars, otherwise you won't cope well with the demands on your time and patience. If you are skilled in restoring cars, they can be sold for quite a profit — if you are prepared to part with them. You might find it hard to sell off when the restoration process has required a great deal from you emotionally. As a hobby though, it is possible to profit from it on a financial level as well as emotionally.
Power economy was thought to be a significant factor in their selection of a new car by a minimum of 1/3 of buyers in America. Given the preoccupation today with air pollution, global warming and America's dependence on overseas sources of oil, it's actually shocking to learn that as long ago as 1992 a car that got 100 miles to the gallon was built by General Motors.
An additional car, the GM TPC, which looked a lot like the Geo Metro, weighed only 1000 pounds and could easily get 75 miles per gallon. Regrettably, in order to meet American safety regulations, the 3-cylinder vehicle required reinforcement weighing 200 pounds, which resulted in further development being discarded.
It really is rather shocking that this had not been the only GM prototype that was built, only to be thrown out later. The GM Lean Machine of 1982, which could get 80 mpg, as well as the GM Ultralite which realized a fabulous 100 mpg, were two of these vehicles. In 1992 Honda had been achieving 50 miles per gallon with the Civic VX, and at the same time General Motors had vehicles behind the scenes getting 100 MPG, though selling the public cars that were getting 20 MPG. Undoubtedly this begs the question as to the reasons these cars that are efficient at 100 mpg are not available to the public. See this article for more.
It is just a peculiar phenomenon that some companies promote traditional vehicles in the US, but sell different, more efficient cars in other countries. Vehicles that achieve more than 70 mpg have been sold in Europe and Japan for several years. For instance, the Volswagen Lupo has never been sold in north america - this is a car that gets 78 mpg. In 2007, Honda in the united states released the FIT, elsewhere known as the Jazz. The Jazz in Japan has methods to enhance fuel economy and a smaller engine, but for the US, the Fit doesn't even have a smaller engine as an option.