Top 3 of the Best Classic and Muscle Cars to Restore

John RussoClassic Car Restoration, Muscle Car RestorationMay 31, 20170 Comment

If you’re looking to start your next classic or muscle car restoration project, we decided to create a list of the Top 3 Classic and Muscle Cars to Restore if you’re looking for ease of finding parts and for resale.


Here are Your Top 3 of the Best Classic and Muscle Cars to Restore…


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  • 1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air a.k.a The Tri-Five Chevys


These make the list not just because they are our favorites, but also because you can find just about every part you need to build yourself either a brand new Tri-Five or to completely restore an original body. Whether you’re looking to build from a new steel replacement body or restore an original car, there is no shortage of these cars thanks to the popularity and the massive production of these classics back in the day.



These classic cars have a huge following all around the world, which makes them easy to sell at a good price (if you’re looking to capitalize on your build). We’ve found that demand for the 1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has never faltered and we doubt it ever will. This has to do with the history of the Tri-Five Chevy  to its status as the iconic American car.



Wondering which of the Tri-Five Chevys are most affordable? The 1955 models (2-door sedan, 2-door hardtop, and then convertible) are your best bet but you can’t go wrong with a 1956 or 1957.



Most importantly, do your homework and keep your eyes out!




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  • 1965-1970 Ford Mustang a.k.a The Pony Car


Just about everyone loves the 1965-1970 Mustang which is one of America’s iconic muscle cars and was at the forefront of the muscle car wars. Now, we’re not here to debate today – but Mustangs make an ideal first project for a novice looking to get into the classic and muscle car restoration world. Practically any part you could ever need is a quick click away or an easy flip through a catalog. There are numerous companies that supply all the parts and accessories you need for your restoration or build.



The Pony Car has a huge following and numerous clubs filled with people willing to help out a novice. With tons of original Mustangs available for projects and new steel body options licensed by Ford on the market, you can’t go wrong with the ease of the build. Their popularity also ensures that once you’re done – these early muscle cars will practically sell themselves for you.


Mustang FastBack Steel Body


  • 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro


Just like the Mustang, everything you need to build or restore a ’67-’69 Camaro is practically at your fingertips. Terry McGean at Hemmings Muscle Machines calls the 1969 Camaro the “32 Ford of today” and we have to agree with him.


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No matter how rusty your project car is (but we do suggest finding a solid Camaro body to save you time, money, and sweat) you can find a reproduction part to replace it. There will always be a huge demand for these cars – at least for the remainder of our lifetimes – and you can’t lose out by choosing to restore one.



Hope you liked the Top 3 of the Best Classic and Muscle Cars to Restore list that we came up with. Which cars do would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.



You might also be interested in this post about the Dodge Challenger which is another great, easy to restore muscle car.

GM Certified Camaro Tri-5 Steel Body Restoration


If you’re looking to restore a car or build one, we’d love to work with you.







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