Restomods and Restorations Explained
December 16th 2019
Are you in the market for a classic car? Should you look for a restomod or a restoration? Well, the answer is simply up to your driving preferences.
Here at Throttlestop, we have great respect for the original classic cars. OEM parts, matching numbers, and original owner’s manual are all things car collectors search for to keep the glory of the authentic car intact.
For example, take this 1971 Datsun Z-Series 240Z for sale at Throttlestop. This car has been immaculately restored with a bare-metal repaint. It has a recently rebuilt R200 Limited-Slip Differential with 3.70 gears and matching numbers L24 engine, 2.4 I-6 with dual SU carburetors. This 1971 Datsun is a fun to drive five-speed with all new upholstery and ungraded R134 Vintage Air Conditioning. The Z-Series is a perfect example of a beautifully done restoration that is ready to drive or be entered into your next car show!
Now restomods can let your imagination run wild. Restomods allow you to have the freedom to use whichever paint colors or engine modifications you prefer. These cars are not reliant on the car’s original specifications or technology of the day. Feel free to add the engine of your dreams, like this 1962 Chevrolet Impala Restomod also for sale at Throttlestop. This car has been enhanced by swapping in a LS-3 engine with 567 horsepower and 480 lbs. of torque. Also included in the additions are a 4L60E transmission, Ridetech front and rear suspension, stainless exhaust, and a Ford 9-inch rear end with a 3.70 ratio.
Restomods like the 1962 Chevrolet Impala, have modifications for driver comfort and better handling. Many restomods have updated technology, such as modern day powerplants, updated transmissions, state-of-the-art suspensions, brake systems, wheels, air conditioning, and safety belts. These cars make for excellent daily drivers and you can still enter these cars into your local car show.
As for which one is better? That’s for you to decide. Our Throttlestop team has an appreciation for both types of cars, and we share our passion for restomods and restorations in our inventory of for-sale cars and our museum collection.