Classic & Antique

Top 5 muscle cars worth restoring

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1. Chevrolet Camaro (67-69)

1968 Camaro Red

By: Walter

Parts Availability: High
Price: Medium

We begin with one of the more common, reliable, and easy cars to restore. The first generation of the Camaro is a great first car to restore and is one that many choose. It came in 3 models: RS, SS, and ZS28. I would recommend finding the basic RS, but the SS wouldn’t be a bad choice either. The ZS8 would not be a viable options unless it is from 1969, as the 1967-1968 versions are rare and expensive. The parts are readily available, so you won’t have trouble finding them ( which seems to be a big pitfall when restoring old muscle cars). All in all, this one has to be first on the list and is one I would recommend if this is your first restoration project.

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    • Wayne Hancock

      There was NO ZS28 in the United sStates.

    • Raymond Burtt II

      Really surprised to not see Mustang on the list. Aftermarket restoration parts are plentiful as are the cars themselves. Seem more plentiful than Camaro’s for sure.

    • StingraySFO

      Back in the late 70’s it cost me a whole $450 to restore my ’63 Stingray split window, and that included reupholstering the seats. I must admit that I was lucky as the parts were obtained from a couple of my shop’s suppliers and a wrecking yard that sold me the full ‘rear clip’ complete with windows, trim, fuel tank, lights, and bumpers. I pieced the front back together from about a dozen pieces. The largest expense was the rear clip, and a new radiator.
      Oh, did I tell you how it came to be totaled? The owner had stopped at a light behind a ‘bobtail’, then a ‘Pete’ that had a brake failure went completely over it. The owner lived but was in a full body cast when I met him at the dealership where it was taken for insurance settlement and disposal. I offered $150 for salvage and got it!

    • Gregory Howard

      Does the person writing this even car? The RS, SS, and Z-28 were option packages. Plenty of plain old Camaros out there. The GTO is a convertible or a hardtop. There are no b pillared GTO’s, and the differentiation between the terms coupe and hardtop is specious at best. AMX’s are rare to begin with, and rusted so much there are very very few left. Not an easy restoration. The Nova is certainly an easy choice, but also shit for anything but a drag car. And A 318 Barracuda is just dumb. Any of the other V8 options are better than the 318 for the 67-69 car.

    • DiscoHarvey

      The best car to restore is one that someone else already did!! Let THEM spend the money and have the heartbreak.