Five Popular Vintage Cars for Restoration
Looking for a new hobby or always dreamed of restoring a vintage or classic car? So you’ve got your workshop or garage ready, you just need the car. What are you going to choose? There are just so many beautiful old cars out there looking for some love. Here are five of the most popular cars to consider.
1. Holden Monaro
The Holden Monaro is quite simply an Aussie icon that spans almost 50 years of motoring history. This classic car has been produced by General Motors in three distinct generations: first generation 1968 – 1971; second generation 1971 – 1977 and third generation 2001 – 2005. The Monaro is regarded as one of the great Australian muscle cars and has enjoyed a number of accolades and wins on the race track; including three Bathurst victories (1968, 1969 and 2002).
2.Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III
Similar to the Holden Monaro, if you buy a Ford Falcon GTHO, you’ll own a little piece of Australian car history. There were four series of the Falcon GTHO built in Australia between September 1970 and December 1971. Their value is increasing as they are becoming harder to find, particularly the Phase III (built May to November 1971) which is a highly sought after collectible by those in-the-know. This particular model won Bathurst 500 in 1971 (driven by Allan Moffatt) and has been described by Sports Car World as “..simply one of the best cars in the world, a true GT that could take on Ferraris and Astons on their own terms…”
Now let’s head to England for what has to be one of the most sought after British classic cars; the MGB. A legend of British motoring; the MGB was the last car built by Morris Garages (MG) in Abingdon, south of Oxford. They were produced between 1962 and 1980 and was MG’s biggest commercial success. When it first launched, the MGB represented an exciting new era for British sports cars, boasting unitary construction; unlike its competitors who were still building vehicles on separate chassis. The MGB had two variants; a roadster and a 2+2 coupe.
4. Aston Martin DB5
Founded in London in 1913, Aston Martin is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars. The brand is synonymous with British sophistication and as such, formed a lasting relationship with another British icon; James Bond. Spanning 11 films and 50 years of cinema-making, the first Aston Martin featured was a DB5 in Goldfinger. Since then, the DB5 has featured in six 007 movies, with its most recent appearance in 2012 in Skyfall.
Aston Martin DB5
5. Chevrolet Corvette
Now it’s over to the US for a true American automotive classic; the Chevrolet Corvette. There’s a reason why Prince chose to sing about a Little Red Corvette in his 1982 hit; it’s simply a super sleek and sexy American sports car. The first Corvette was a convertible and was released as a concept car at an auto show in 1953. Since then, the Corvette has been manufactured over seven generations, receiving numerous accolades by automotive publications and engineers alike. One such honour was the Corvette Sting Ray (1963-67) beating the Dodge Viper and Porsche 911to be ranked number one on Automobile Magazine’s “100 Coolest Cars” list.
So there you have it, five super sweet rides that represent automotive history and a great financial investment. Combined with the time, effort and love you’ll pour into restoring one of these babies, don’t cut corners with parts or advice; consult an expert like www.pureperformancemotorsport.com .