Classic Car Restoration
Classic Car Restoration
There are not too many things better in a movie than a great car chase. Remember Steve McQueen navigating the streets of San Francisco in that 1968 Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt? Many call that the greatest movie car chase ever, and the vehicles in it were pretty close to what you could buy off the lot. It was such a classic chase scene that I included it in the promotional video for Custom Classic Cars. Sometimes, however, heroes need a little something “extra” from their movie or television cars. Check out the infographic below to see some film favorites and the Hollywood enhancements that took them over the top.
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…is rolled out on four wheels with impeccable paint and a sparkle of chrome at vintage car shows across the nation. There is nary a man, woman or child who has grown up in the U.S. that doesn’t know what a car show is. Yet, it isn’t just in the United States. Car shows are held in most every country in the world; and it isn’t a rare occurrence No. This goes on all year long, depending upon what part of the world you are talking about. Apart from the big motor shows that the top car manufacturers participate in, there are also different car shows put up by car clubs in various places here and there, all the time. And for those who have developed the passion for the cars of the early era, there is the vintage car show.
Typically, car shows are held to showcase the new cars that were developed by car manufacturers. Sometimes, however, there is some space in the car shows where various classic cars are given a chance to be displayed as well. These fully restored vintage automobiles from an era gone by are presented so that those car buffs who love nostalgia will be able to see these glamorous and historical vehicles.
Car shows began as something of a car market where people could see what cars were available to them. Car manufacturers take advantage of these shows to present their brand new models to the public to entice people to buy. What developed from these “temporary” car show rooms has today developed into a competition of sorts.
Smaller car shows have also become a contest for people who want to showcase their vehicles. At vintage car shows, car owners have the opportunity to compete against one another to see which cars have received the best restoration. For car aficionados this is a big treat as they will be able to see these magnificent cars of the past. It is also gives people the chance to meet the those who owned and restored the vehicles, as well as meet new friends, and grow in their knowledge of older classic automobiles.
In these old car shows, each car is scrutinized for any flaws which could determine who will be the winner. Judges inspect the engine parts to determine their originality, if the cars are clean and rust-free, if the cars emulate the original characteristics, if the simple mechanics and mechanisms are fully functioning, and whether or not the vehicles are road worthy and running like a fine Swiss watch.
Most of the time, vintage car shows are set up by different car clubs. If you are interested in joining one, you can ask the car clubs in your area. By joining a vintage car club, you will be updated on the schedules for vintage car shows, and you will receive other pertinent information which can help you restore and maintain a vintage car.
A vintage car show is not only for those who have vintage cars. If you love vintage cars and love going to vintage car shows, all you have to do is buy a ticket and see these glorious machines that helped start the automotive industry.
Of many of the spectacular car shows across the U.S., the date for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’ Elegance is fast approaching. This year it will take place from October 26th to November 4th. So mark your calendars and warm up your engines.
When we say vintage cars, we usually think about the great cars and automobiles that were produced about 30 to 40 years ago and maybe even more. Not a lot of them can be seen these days, but there is still some considerable number of them which many car enthusiasts restore, maintain and treasure.
Being a proud owner of a vintage car is not for everybody, though. A person may know a lot about cars and how to fix them, but that is not the main and most important thing– having money is. It takes a lot of cold hard cash to restore a vintage car. One reason for this is that replacement parts can be very hard to find. These parts can be expensive if they can be found; if they cannot be found, they have to be fabricated and custom made and that can be very, very expensive.
Finding a vintage car with its original components, and that is still in good working condition, can be nearly impossible. Most of these vintage cars have bodies that require extensive work. It can be extremely hard to find pre-fabricated body parts for vintage vehicles so car mechanics and body fabricators need to do a lot of work.
…the objects of love and joy to many people around the world. Why do people shell out huge amounts of money and spend a lot of their time restoring vintage cars? Pride is the main reason. Vintage cars are a great addition to any car collection as these cars represent an era where automobiles and their owners where regarded as the elite since only a small number of people could afford them.
Furthermore, the vintage cars that are worthy to be restored are cars that have made a significant impact in their era. These cars raised the bar in the automobile industry and they deserve to be restored to showcase what they have offered to the industry.
Many of these vintage cars are rarely used once they are restored. They are usually only driven from time to time when they are presented in car shows. Owners tend to avoid using them to keep them from being damaged or destroyed. Additionally, if the car is a make and model that is exceptionally significant, meaning many people have admired them and praised them, they can be much more expensive, especially when restored to their full glory.
While not many restorers tend to part with their vintage cars, there are some who are in it strictly as a business. Many auctions have recorded huge sums paid for vintage cars and this has enticed many into the restoration business. There are those who contend that after selling the car, they tend to feel that they have just parted with a significant part of their lives.
For collectors, owning a vintage car is a great source of pride. Having a piece of automotive history in the garage allows them to feel as if they are members of an exclusive club. While not all people long to own a vintage car, for those who do, there is a certain aura of distinction. For these, their vintage auto is an extension of themselves and this, more than the very high purchase price their car can fetch on the open market, is what makes vintage car truly priceless.