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What car would you restore?

Asked by iam2smart99037 (739 points ) March 16th, 2010

If you could purchase and restore any antique car or truck, what would you pick? (antique to me is before 1980) Money isn’t an option. It would be your DREAM antique car! Why would you pick this car? Because it is sentimental, just looks cool, symbol of the era, etc?

I would personally go for a 1969 Boss Mustang 429, or a 1969 Camaro SS. I just think they look great!

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jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

A 1970 Dodge Challenger, my dream car.

Like this.

knitfroggy's avatar

A maroon 1964½ Mustang with a black hard top. I have always wanted a car like that. When I was a kid one of the school cooks had one and I would stand outside and look at it before I got on the bus. She was older and I bet she bought that car when it was new. It was beautiful and I’ve always wanted one!

Coloma's avatar

I have always wanted one of those little Nash Metropolitans.

I think they are the coolest little cars!

Paint it something totally wild like peach and white! ( It’s a woman thing )

lilikoi's avatar

Classic mini cooper or its predecessor, the Morris Minor. I’m doing a 70 VW bug now.

john65pennington's avatar

1957 Chevrolet Impala convertible, color teal green and white with roll and pleat seat covers. that was a magic year for Chevrolet and that particular automobile.

judochop's avatar

behold all that is best
The 1959 Cadillac Elderado. Probably the sexiest feat from American Engineering ever. I want to have babies on that car, in that car and with that car.

forestGeek's avatar

My dream would definitely be to find an oval or split window VW bug to restore. Such beautiful cars!

Also, my parents had a 1668 Dodge Charger when I was kid and back then I thought it was the coolest car ever. Truth is that they were kind of crappy cars, but I still love that them and I wish I had one now.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

1968 GT 390 fastback Mustang. My lurve machine.

Coloma's avatar

Wow!

They’ve been making Chargers since 1668? lol

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Coloma Those ones are the true classics.

forestGeek's avatar

@Coloma – haha, yeah I think so, oh wait no, maybe that’s my typing skills after 3 beers!!

jaytkay's avatar

Every answer up above me is AWESOME!

But not as awesome as an AVANTI!

Bluefreedom's avatar

A 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air. A seriously classic automobile.

TexasDude's avatar

A 1955 Chevy Bel Air.

Black, preferably.

Or a Korean-war era Jeep. That would be cool.

iam2smart99037's avatar

@jaytkay – Never heard of an Avanti. With the right rims, it could look pretty sick!

Everyone else, great answers!!!

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Either an Aston Martin DBS V8, or a 1971 Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III.

starshine's avatar

‘57,‘58 Chevy BelAir <3. Oh, glory. I LOVE BelAirs, and comaros. I just love cars.

jaytkay's avatar

My grandmother died in 1984 with a 1958 Bel Air in the garage, approx 20,000 miles. I was too young to insist on inheriting the car. I repress this memory.

starshine's avatar

@jaytkay , that is awful! i would basically die everytimeI thought about it, if I were you.

jaytkay's avatar

@starshine Thought about what?

mrrich724's avatar

a Chevy Stingray, 1975 maybe. They just look incredible. And at one point, a status symbol. It’s incredible that it was such a great car (like other classics) that they sold new for 5 grand, and now 15,000 gets you a used one!

What great cars.

starshine's avatar

@jaytkay , not getting the car.

jaytkay's avatar

@starshine I’m repressing the memory, awright?

starshine's avatar

@jaytkay , oh, right. well, I die a litte for you.

whatthefluther's avatar

Over the years, I have owned several MGs (Midgets and MGBs) from the 60s and 70s, but always toyed with the idea of getting a model from the 1950s, such as this or perhaps this. Being a big fan of Briish sports cars, also close to my heart, among many others, are the Morgan and the Jaguar XK-E, probably one sporting that marvel of an engine, the Jaguar V12. A few years ago, I was finally in the position where I could afford to buy and own the car of my dreams, a brand new up-scale Jaguar, but health problems robbed me of my ability to drive, squashing that dream as well as those of a lifetime with those older model sports cars. I won’t discuss motorcycles….the loss of those (having to sell my modest collection and dreams of many more), hurts even more.
See ya…...Gary/wtf

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I am (slowly) restoring a 1949 M-B 170D. Everything is intact but I have to repair some rusted metal, replace the (wood) body frame, re-do all the leather and carpeting, as well as the usual rebuilding of mechanical bits, painting, etc. The car is basically a 1930s design, the first year Daimler Benz made passenger cars postwar, and is the first year of a diesel engine design that remains in production today.

Some years ago, my lady and I restored a 1962 TR-3A.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Two identical 1955 Jaguar XK 140S Roadsters, one of which I would keep completely cherry original as a museum piece out of respect for the model and design. The other I would restore the interior and body as original, then drop in a new higher hp power plant, a new drive train and suspension system appropriate to the increased hp, and I would drive the hell out of it.

zarnold's avatar

My dream car, the 1978 Volvo 240 (with stick shift) – . Looks reallly cool

sccrowell's avatar

1964½ Mustang Convertible, Red w/white Ragtop, white leather interior, all factory with a wee exception… We added seatbelts! And it is for my daughter @thetypicalusername

And of course a 1972 Chevelle SS Red/White. Oh Yeah!!!

whatthefluther's avatar

@ragingloli…...Very nice choice. I have always loved that automobile…...it was revolutionary, set a very high standard and it was born in 1954. And, I can honestly say I share at least one characteristic with that automobile (and no, I do not have gull-wing doors….those are the wings of a pegasus).
See ya…...,Gary/wtf

ragingloli's avatar

@whatthefluther
you are really old then, eh?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

For leisurely weekend drives up Hwy 1 from San Francisco to the Russian River, then up the back roads to the vinyard near Ukiah, I’d have a nicely restored 1947 Cadillac Club Coup convertible

sccrowell's avatar

@knitfroggy you sound like my daughter. She too at the age of five came in one day and told us she wanted the above car I wrote about. She also said there would be plenty of time to fix it up. Because it would be for her 16th birthday. She told us she wanted nothing for birthdays and of course We didn’t have to worry about Christmas because Santa Claus would bring her things. And every birthday and Xmas we got read the riot act. She never changed her mind about the year and type. Sorry, I didn’t mean to ramble on so…

whatthefluther's avatar

@ragingloli…..yes, I confess…..but it was a very good year! See ya…...Gary/wtf

whatthefluther's avatar

GAs to all for wonderful selections ( @judochop….I got picked up hitch-hiking once in one of those and thought I was in heaven….talk about wings!). See ya…...Gary/wtf

JeffVader's avatar

It have to one of these….
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing or
1966 E-type Jaguar Coupe
Basically, the two sexiest cars ever made.

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sonataking05's avatar

I answered this same basic question on another part of fluther and I said 1969 Boss 429 mustang just like you. Its the most bad ass mustang they built, its rare and looks incredible. I love all mustangs and I’m currently building an 88 5.0 LX. I know you said 80 or later, but the Insurance definition of “classic is anything 25 years or older. Just an FYI. Great Thread though. I love to see what people are into.

sonataking05's avatar

@whatthefluther link. Have you seen this thing?
@ragingloli and link. New for 2011
@JeffVader look at link above

_jenna_'s avatar

1968 Volkswagen Westy! <3
Or really anything I could find…

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