If you’re into classic cars and classic car restoration, there’s a good chance you’ve at least heard the term “restomod.” However, there seems to be a general misunderstanding (even within the collector car community) as to what a restomod vehicle is and how it differs from other types of classic cars.

Whether you’re thinking about restoring a classic car to a true restomod or simply want to clarify the meaning, we’ve got you covered.

Restomod vs. Classic Car: What’s the Difference?

A restomod, in the most basic terms, is a classic car that has been both restored to its original condition and modified with upgrades or changes that were not common or available when the car was first built. Even more specifically, a restomod car will appear to be restored to its original appearance from the outside. However, despite a restomod’s classic appearance, it will have modifications that allow for improved handling, performance, or other significant upgrades.

In other words, a restomod is a classic car. However, it’s a classic car that’s restored and modified beyond its original performance parameters.

How Does This Differ from a Restoration, Then?

If restomods are just modified classic cars, how are these any different from restorations? The main differentiation here is that with a restoration, the goal is to get the car back to its original appearance and performance. In a sense, a classic car restoration aims to get the car looking and driving just like it did when it first rolled off the assembly line so many years ago.

A restomod, on the other hand, takes things a step further. While the car’s appearance is restored to its original parameters, the latest and greatest technology is used to improve the performance, ride, and/or even safety of the vehicle itself. This could include, for example, retrofitting an old car with larger wheels for improved ride quality. Meanwhile, a revised suspension on a classic car may deliver a smoother and quieter ride. The possibilities for modifications to a classic car are only limited by your imagination (and budget).

Does a Restomod Make Sense for You?

If you’re looking to work on a classic or collector car, you may be wondering whether a restomod is right for you. Ultimately, this will all boil down to how much work you’re willing to put into a car and how much you’re looking to spend. Restomods can be more complex than basic restorations because they often require troubleshooting to determine which modifications will work on a particular make and model.

With this in mind, the cost of a restomod project can quickly soar if you’re not careful. On the flip side, of course, restomods can sell for a lot of money (if you play your cards right).

The Bottom Line on Restomod Vehicles

A restomod vehicle can be a great choice for collectors who want to enjoy the sleek look of a classic car without sacrificing the technology and performance that’s available in today’s modern vehicles. Whether you decide to restore a classic car on your own or purchase a restomod that’s road-ready, the open road awaits you.

For more information on classic cars and the lifestyle that comes along with owning them, keep an eye on the Wayfarer Insurance blog!

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