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					The first challenge you will face when taking on a restoration project is choosing the
best collector car for you. While they share many of the same processes, shopping for
a classic car is not really the same as shopping for a current model car. The first
difference is deciding what is considered to be a classic car. Each person has their
own idea and definitions. Some define classic cars as automobiles that are over 25
years old. Others specify that cars found within a specific range of years to be truly
classics. For example, the Classic Car Club of America considers cars built between
1919 and 1948 to be true classics. Still others are more general, defining a classic as
any car that set a benchmark in automotive history. For example, despite its youth, the
BMW 2002 is considered to be a classic car because it defined how modern sports
sedans are made today. However you define a classic car, you will find that in today's
digitally connected age it will be much easier to find the car of your dreams than it
was even fifteen years ago. In the past, you often had to rely on classified ads in
newspapers and car magazines or word of mouth to find your next restoration project.
Today, the internet makes it a snap to search the world over not only for the classic car
you want but the parts and accessories that go with it.

Show Car or Drive Car?

Another area of concern that do not plague new car owners is whether or not you want
a car to drive or one to show off. Although with collector cars it is easy to assume that
they are one and the same type of car, they really are not.
A Show Car takes the most time, effort and money to restore since your focus is on
taking the car back to its original state. The finished project, however, can be put up
on display in a car museum or entered into local, state and national competitions for
the most authentic restorations. Though technically a Show Car can be driven, it is not
often the safest vehicle to be traveling on modern roadways in as the braking and
safety systems are often inadequate to deal with today's aggressive driving habits. A
Driving Car, on the other hand, takes less time and resources to restore it to its former
glory because since the car doesn't have to be show quality shortcuts can be made in
the process of restoring the car. In addition, appropriate upgrades, such as a modern
braking system and the addition of seatbelts, can be made to make the car safe for
road travel. While with a Driving Car you may not end up with a 100% authentic
restoration, you will gain more enjoyment out of your project since you will actually
be able to make good use of your finished project. If you want a Driver Car, there are
some additional areas of concern to keep in mind. What primarily are you going to be
using the car for? Will you only take the car out for the occasional drive on the
country back roads and special occasions or is this actually going to be a second car
with daily use as the goal? How many people are you expecting to haul around?
While a 1960 Porsche Super90 would make stunning modern day carriage for a night
on the town, it is definitely not a family car. You also need to understand that people
in the past did not live in their cars like people of today, so if you tend to haul around
a lot of stuff, you will definitely need to look for a classic car with a good sized trunk
space.
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