8 of The Best Cars to Restore- Classic American Chevys
It can be hard to be objective about whether or not to restore a classic old car. Maybe it was your grandfather’s car or it was the first car that spurred your love for the classics. Regardless of your reasons, if you don’t take into account price, availability of parts, and if the restored value of the car will be worth what you put into it, you may be setting yourself up for failure.
With all the excitement swirling about the upcoming Lambrecht Chevy Auto Auction we here at Parks Chevrolet Charlotte and Parks Chevy at the Lake decided to put together this list of the best classic American Chevy’s to restore.
1. Chevrolet Bel Air (1953-1954)
Although not as popular with car restoration enthusiasts as the 1957 Bel Air, the 1953 and 1954 Chevy Bel Airs are great candidates for restoration. They have a classic and understated look that has started to gain more popularity in recent years. Any type of mechanical or electrical parts that are needed can be located easily and for a decent price. Reproduction parts are also very easy to come by and there are a number of performance upgrades that are available as well.
2. Chevrolet Camaro (1967-1969)
If you’re looking for a classic car that’s easy to sell once you’ve restored it than the Camaro is an excellent option. Not only is this a sporty looking classic but there is a nearly endless supply of performance parts available to make it even more fun to drive. Best of all there is not one part of the Camaro that isn’t available brand new.
3. Chevrolet Bel Air (1955-1957)
One of the most popular car’s with classic car enthusiasts are the Tri-Five models of the Bel Air. Due to their popularity this is another extremely easy car to sell once it’s been restored. When most people think of restored classic car’s, these are most often the car’s that come to mind. Every single part is readily available brand new, and the only downside to their popularity is that finding an inexpensive fixer-upper is starting to become hard to come by.
4. Chevrolet Impala (1965)
The 1965 Chevy Impala is a great choice in a restoration project. With readily available and inexpensive mechanical parts and a strong fan-base, the Impala is a safe bet for return on investment. Reproduction parts are less easy to come by but not impossible, and the distinctive character of its six taillights and sloped roofline make it a rewarding car to see restored to its former glory.
5. Chevrolet Corvair Corsa (1965-1966)
If you’re looking for a classic car with a more unique look then be sure to consider the Chevrolet Corvair Corsa. Parts are very easy to locate and almost every part has been reproduced. It also has an engine that is fairly simple to work with and there are a myriad of clubs and enthusiasts who can help if you run into trouble. This might be a great option if it’s your first foray into restoration since they are as much fun to work on as they are to drive!
6. Chevrolet Nova (1968-1970)
Another car that is absolutely perfect for the beginner is the Chevrolet Nova. With over a million produced, and loaded with less expensive parts, it’s a great project to get your feet wet in the hobby. It also has tons of performance parts available to make it even more fun to drive. Steer clear of the four door model though since it’s not very popular and can be a harder sell.
7. Chevrolet Chevelle (1971-1972)
The 1966-1970 model years of the Chevelle can be really pricey, but if you go just a couple years newer to the 1971 and 1972 models they become much more affordable. Nearly all of the parts in the ‘71 and ‘72 are the same as the older models so you’ll have no problem finding what you need to get it going. They are still an extremely popular car which makes reselling a breeze, and they have a fairly simple design making restoration fun and rewarding.
8. Chevrolet Corvette (1978-1982)
Finally, what car restoration list would be complete without a late seventies fastback-style Corvette? There are as many people willing to buy one as there are cars available, which is great considering there were plenty made. Pretty much every part is easily located and affordable and as long as you restore it to its original specs you can almost guarantee that you’ll have a buyer.
Restoring classic car’s can be a blast as long as you make sure to pick a car that is worth restoring. By taking the time to research the availability of parts and it’s resale value you can be sure that your project is rewarding and worthwhile.