Muscle Cars

Antique car values – The Muscle Car

Most antique car hobbyists believe the first production muscle car was a 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88.  The Rocket featured a high compression overhead valve V8 motor in what was then considered a lighter weight car.  Doesn’t sound far off from present times does it?  Big motors, light weight cars = tons of fun.  It wasn’t long before the Chrysler Hemi was being produced and enthusiasts were tearing up the asphalt.

How does replacing my motor effect the Antique Car Value?

That’s simple really.  It will drastically effect the value of the car.  As we mentioned in our number matching post, replacing the motor removes the original equipment.  It doesn’t matter if you’re replacing a rivet with a stainless steel bolt, once you change it, it’s not original.  That being said, it’s important to remember that value lies within the eye of the purchaser (well that’s not the exact phrase but it fits here).  Your potential buyer may be looking for something more reliable or that antique car that has a hotrod feel when they stomp the gas.  It’s also safe to say you would enjoy the performance and reliability of a new motor, not to mention the savings you could expect by working on something that actually had parts readily available.  Take your time, draw out your intentions and make your decision based on what you expect to get out of the car in return for your labor of love.

Replacing the Antique motor

  • Are you doing it for yourself or because it’s easier to work on?
  • Do you expect to make a profit off the antique?  How much profit?
  • Do you want bragging rights that your antique car is 100% original?
  • How will effect your insurance?  Upgrading a v6 to a v8 can effect insurance.
  • Can you preserve the original equipment to reinstall later down the road?

A few minutes of answering your own questions will help you decide what’s best. Hey, it’s your car and you spent all that time looking for it.  You might be in it for peanuts on the dollar and enjoying some additional horsepower will still afford you a profit in the end.  If you’re tight on the budget, just ask the questions and consider the results.  It’s better to decide these things now than after you’ve cut that harness or twisted out those irreplaceable bolts!