Over that past year or so we have noticed that the collector car market seems to be evolving. On many fronts it appears that the general public is getting a little bored with what has always been. The 100 point all original cars that get trailed everywhere are gaining less enthusiasm and the car that gets driven is more respected. The all original car is often the center of attention and the fully restored car ignored. Rat Rods are thriving in many different forms and configurations while the billet hot rods are overlooked. What’s going on?
I believe that many car enthusiasts are becoming bored sitting at car shows. True, one of the best things about collector cars is the people you meet at shows and cruises. However, more and more folks find the investment in these cars can’t be justified if all they do is sit. They want to enjoy them by driving them on events like PowerTour. Unfortunately, many of these cars from the 50s, 60s and even 70s are not comfortable rides for long distances in comparison to today’s cars. Even less fortunate is the fact that many of the owners are also considerably older and no long take pleasure in roadside repairs to keep the car going.
It is our position that all of these excuses or reasons have added to a growing trend amongst many auto enthusiasts to seek a modern new muscle car or update their collector car to modern specifications. This in turn has helped stoke the fire of building more and more Resto-Mods and Pro-Touring cars. Actually, maybe this is nothing more than turning the pages back to the beginning. After all isn’t the traditional hot rod little more than an old school Resto-Mod?
Hot rodders back in the day would take an old car and install a new more power full engine, upgrade the brakes and improve the interior with modern bucket seats or similar modifications. Are today’s Resto-Mods just a throw back to this philosophy? Yes and no. The same instruction book may be used but the results are completely different.
Today’s Resto-Mods, or Hot Rods, likewise deliver more horsepower but they usually also have air conditioning, power windows and locks as well as upgraded stereo systems. The emphasis on today’s modern hot rods is more on drive ability and comfort than in pure performance. The Pro-Touring cars seem to be a better description of the modern hot rod.
We have become very fond of the Resto-Mod cars and we will be bringing you may more examples as we discover them. We will also make sure we include at least one in our inventory of Project Cars.
To follow our coverage of the Resto-Mods Click Here for some of these cars we have covered to date and watch for what is coming.
About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California. The time there was very rewarding but the urge for a slower pace moved us to Tennessee a few years ago and we love it. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle. As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. When they don't we are usually out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.