There is a growing trend amongst the auto enthusiasts to drive their collector cars more. This in turn has helped stoke the fire of building more and more Resto-Mods. 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 system. 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 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.
We are currently underway on a fabulous build that will take resto-mods to a new level. Stay tuned and when it is done you will get all the details right here. One hint it will be a MOPAR and it will have a Hemi!
1958 Corvette: This is one beautiful Corvette that one man built to fullfill his desires for the best of both worlds.
Reversion Mustang: This is not really a Resto-Mod since the base car is a new Mustang with old sheet metal added to it. The “Reversion” name is very appropriate.
V-10 Mustang: This is a little different level of Resto-Mod that retains more of the original body and interior but adds a couple of extra cylinders!
Larry Payne’s Mach 1 Mustang: This is the first Resto-Mod Mustang I ever fell in love with!
Jay Leno’s Garage, 56 Nomad: When Jay Leno says he likes Resto-Mods the World listens. This is a Resto-Mod Lite and doesn’t go the full tilt of changes.