Restoration

How does restoration effect antique car value?

First, the term itself has a very specific definition.  Restoration is the process of repairing an antique to an authentic original state.  A true restoration will not be a car that has upgrades or unoriginal replacement components.  Restorations are repaired to authentic states beyond just the engine itself.  If you are researching the value of your restoration, make sure you check the level of the restoration.  Is it through and through from glove box to bumper?  What methods were used when they restored the ride?  If a corner is cut then it’s that much closer to being a “restomod.”  Restomod is a loose term defining a vehicle that has had modifications performed outside the realm of original equipment and engineering.

Effective restoration methods improve the value of antique cars

As we discussed restomods, it also makes sense to go over some of the techniques that are used during a true restoration project.

  1. Disassembly – Restoring an antique to original quality is an art form.  Each guru will use a different technique from the ground up but it’s safe to say the majority of the quality restorations start with disassembly.  Typically an Antique is stripped of all it’s components.  Each item that is removed is categorically labeled and set aside to determine not on the value of restoring that item but also a method to properly handle the task at hand.
  2. Body work – Now that the vehicle is stripped down the obvious place to start is with the body.  Every little ding, dent and speck of rust will need to be combed over with laser like precision.  Quality is key here, oversights are penalized and value decreases.  Original factory paint codes must be followed once the body work is completed or all of the perfection placed in the body work is lost in the devaluing paint colors and schemes.
  3. Interior & Upholstery – Cleaning up the outside and creating eye candy is certainly fun but you can spot a forged interior very easily.  Original gauges, electronics and dash boards are just a few of the items necessary to tackle your restoration. Watch out for the galvanized replacement screws and interior fasteners, they’re just another tell-tale sign that things couldn’t be completed to original specs.
  4. Engines, and drive trains are a whole separate story and we’ve covered a lot of these signals in our thread about number matching.