When you factor in purchase price, parts availability, restored value, and desirability, some cars just aren’t worth restoring, but these 32 cars make the best economic sense.
Restoration is an expensive proposition. Even if you can perform most of the work yourself, it’s still going to cost you a tidy five-figure sum to buy the necessary parts, materials and paint supplies needed to transform an old car from a worn-out relic to a dazzling show beauty.
If you’ve decided to restore a particular old car because you have a longstanding attachment to that model and are not concerned about its value or whether parts can be easily found, then we applaud you–that mindset should be the primary focus of this great hobby of ours. However, if you enjoy old car restoration but prefer your projects to be easy and relatively cheap to do–with, perhaps, the added bonus of making a few dollars on it when it’s done–then these are the cars you should consider for your next venture.
Of course, the majority of these cars won’t make you stand apart from the crowd at a show or cruise-in, but you will be able to complete their restoration far faster and a whole lot cheaper than if you chose a car that was rare, or had only been made for a few years.
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