Most of the people who get themselves involved in a classic car restoration have probably been thinking and planning the prospect for years, waiting for the moment when they can open their heart and their cheque book and bring their restorable classic home to begin the restoration process.

Their appetite has been wetted after reading about the joys of classic car restoration for years, either online or off as well as becoming avid followers of the long list of tv shows on the subject coming from the UK and the United States.

When it comes down to choosing the ideal classic car, those with hands-on experience in the car industry or have been involved in restorations have a distinct advantage over a beginner, no matter how enthusiastic they might be or how much theoretical knowledge they might have gathered.

Experienced people will know how to assess a car’s condition and what they will need to know to extract the maximum benefit from their previous expertise.

Once all the potential buying scenarios have been examined, and the buyer/restorer has found a vehicle that looks like it will fit their plans,budget and aspirations should not get too comfortable before making their decision.

If the car in their sights has restoration potential and sits on the the right price, it won’t take too long for it to be snapped up.

The luxury of “mulling it over for a few days” does not exist if the vehicle is genuine. That does not mean that the buyer has to rush in with both feet.

Much as they want the car, the restorer should not allow their heart to rule their heads. There should always be room for negotiation on the purchase price, and the vehicle is in running order; time and facilities should be made available to allow at least a basic inspection.

If the seller is reluctant to provide these facilities, this should be regarded with suspicion- that the seller has something to hide.

The potential buyer should be adamant about taking the vehicle for a test drive and even a pre-purchase inspection. It could save them thousands in the long term.
Examinations should be focused on the chassis, frame and bodywork, with the mechanical aspects, while significant, surprisingly further down the list.

Once all the information is gathered, the restorer will be able to make their final offer to purchase, taking into account their overall budget that will cover all aspects of the restoration project. - which vehicle purchase will make up a surprisingly small percentage.

Before any money changes hands, the buyer must ensure that all of the paperwork is in order and allows a successful transfer of ownership.

Access to chassis numbers and engine numbers should be permitted and thoroughly scrutinised. If the vehicle’s engine is original, this can add considerably to the vehicle’s condition! If the owner has held on to service history, this is also a significant bonus and will add considerable value to the vehicle as a finished item.

f the seller does not have access to the vehicle's history, for a minor investment it is possible to trace its history on line. This service is offered by a number of companies who , more often than not, can provide details of its service history, as long as the vehicle has been looked after by a main dealer.

The more of these factors that fall into place, the better, and will allow the buyer to complete the transaction with an easy mind,
With the transaction completed, the vehicle can be driven or transported home to begin the restoration process. <

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A guide to acquiring, restoring and maintaining UK or European Classic Cars of the Fifties and Sixties- as well as a recollection of the iconic cars of the era and the visionaries that produced them.;