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A restomod is a vintage motor car which has been expertly but not authentically restored.

It's been modified for performance.

Essentially, a restomod is a high end hot rod build.

These machines come in  two basic flavors.

"Pro street" restomods are maximized for straight line launch while still being driveable on public roads.

Pro street engines have rough, lopey idles, mediocre low rpm torque, but truly massive full throttle power.

"Pro touring" restomods are built for spirited pleasure crusing.

Pro touring engines, while still being based on domestic engine block platforms, perform similarly to the engines on exotic luxury cars.

Yesterday, I saw a restomod that made me drool.

1962 model year Corvette roadster.

pro touring class restomod.

Cadillac Black Diamond Tricoat paint, black leather custom interior, tan folding top.

Fast Track chassis by The Roadster Shop.

6570cc V8 by Scott Shafiroff,  Brodix aluminum block and heads, Rochester RamJet efi conversion.

Hand assembled by New England Hot Rodz of Epping, New Hampshire.

I'm 72 years old, but it was all I could do to keep from mounting this car and having coitis with it.

I will guess that including buying the the original, unmodified relic for a restorable body shell, this machine cost at least a quarter of a million dollars to build.

I thought it tacky to ask the proud young owner, but we're talking serious escarole here.

I'd need serious help getting in and out of it, but it would be worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I like the restomod idea as well but in a more subdued approach.  Upgrade the mechanicals like brakes, steering, suspension to help it drive a little better.  Upgrade the transmission to a more modern 5 or 6 spd (manual of course), maybe a few go-fast parts under the hood, update the wheel/tire package to something like a 17" wheel and leave the rest of the exterior basically standard.  It's crazy how expensive even the most basic of builds costs.  Might as well just go to a Mecum auction, pick up a nicely restored example, and modify from there.

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A serious pro touring restomod build involves restored coachwork being mounted onto a brand new aftermarket pro touring chassis.

This even applies to unibodies like pony cars and suicide door Lincolns which are converted to full frame on high end restomod builds.  

As for manual transmissions, Ferrari stopped offering them years ago saying that they don't build obsolete technology. Today's eight and ten speed automatics have dragster/off road low gear ratios, two overdrive gears, a manual shifting option, and can handle 700 foot pounds of torque.  The only possible reason for having a three pedal setup is that you simply enjoy it.  There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but you're not going to outshift the computer when somebody just sticks his/her car in "drive." 

Mind you, less exotic and more affordable builds abound, but they're not  true "pro touring class" or "pro street class" restomods. 

They're just cruise night street rods, and again, there's nothing wrong with that. That's what a hell of a lot more people can afford.

Also, high end restomods are consumption, not investment.  Something that costs a quarter of a million to build might be lucky to command one hundred grand on the market.  If you're looking to flip a build and not love it yourself, you're better off building an authentically restored trailer queen.

 

 

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Mine:  1951 Chevy pickup.  SBC 350, 700r4.  Original frame with Fat Man Mustang II front end and GM 12 bolt rear.  

Dad's: 1937 Dodge Business Coupe.  Ford 302, AOD trans.  

 

 

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Mine:  1951 Chevy pickup.  SBC 350, 700r4.  Original frame with Fat Man Mustang II front end and GM 12 bolt rear.  
Dad's: 1937 Dodge Business Coupe.  Ford 302, AOD trans.  
 
 
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Cool looking cars.


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Very nice, pike.

I actually have a problem with modern cars.

I love the convenience features like GPS navigation and backup cameras,

but I hate the flimsy unibody construction replacing the full-frame chassis,

and I hate the tall head restraints that prevent me from wearing my fedoras when I'm dressed up.

I have to drive with my dome exposed and my hat on the back seat.  Not cool.

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5 hours ago, NiftyNiblick said:

Very nice, pike.

I actually have a problem with modern cars.

I love the convenience features like GPS navigation and backup cameras,

but I hate the flimsy unibody construction replacing the full-frame chassis,

and I hate the tall head restraints that prevent me from wearing my fedoras when I'm dressed up.

I have to drive with my dome exposed and my hat on the back seat.  Not cool.

I hear ya Nifty, but I'll take a new Challenger SRT Hellcat. Yea.... I bleed Hemi orange.

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I will own a 1963 Buick Wildcat when I retire for my daily driver. Probably have a late model engine, and suspension. Some fiberglass, and maybe some tubs with slicks. I’ve been looking for one for a while. Unrestored would be great.

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I’m supposed to go to the next Mecum Auction in Kissimmee.
He has 7 cars 2 or 3 of them are restomods and I like his 442 the best.
I’ll go to the Auction but I’ll sit on my hands.


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1 hour ago, Rickp said:

I’m supposed to go to the next Mecum Auction in Kissimmee.
He has 7 cars 2 or 3 of them are restomods and I like his 442 the best.
I’ll go to the Auction but I’ll sit on my hands.


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Of all the cars I've had over 55 years, the one I really miss the most was my '67 442.  At the time I didn't think much of it; needed a lot of repairs.  I would love to upgrade one, but geeez, they are hard to find!!

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Mine:  1951 Chevy pickup.  SBC 350, 700r4.  Original frame with Fat Man Mustang II front end and GM 12 bolt rear.  
Dad's: 1937 Dodge Business Coupe.  Ford 302, AOD trans.  
 
 
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Man that '51 pickup is so sweet! Your dad's couple is no slouch either


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