How Much Does it Cost to Restore a Classic Car

October 5th 2017

Restoring a classic car is a great process and many people enjoy watching how the car is restored from a shell back to its original glory. But many people don’t have the knowledge or tools that you need to restore a classic car to a high standard. It is also not clear what goes into restoring a classic car and exactly how much time you will need to put into the process. One of the most popular questions around restoring a car is how much the process will end up costing you. Although it is impossible to set a fixed cost, our blog gives you some advice on the tasks that are involved in restoring a car and what you can expect this to cost.

Time Constraints

One of the first things that you should consider when restoring a classic car is the amount of time it will actually take to complete the process. If you plan on restoring the classic car in your spare time and still have commitments like work and family, then it can get on top of you. When restoring a classic car, a good time frame to plan for and work out is about 500 hours of work and repairs. This is assuming that you have a good idea of what needs to be done and how to do it, otherwise, that time can quickly increase or even double. Although your personal time might not cost anything, this means that restoring a classic car yourself is not ideal if you are looking for a quick turnaround on the project.

Parts and Tools

Once you know what needs to be done on the car, another factor that you will need to consider is the cost of parts and tools to do the job. You will need a number of replacement parts on the car and this is one of the areas where you can end up spending a lot of money. Depending on the manufacturer of your classic car, it can be very difficult to get hold of the parts that you need to restore the car. Doing so can be very time consuming and can end up adding thousands to your restoration project. This, of course, depends on the condition of the car and how much you need to replace. It is also important that you have the right sort of tools to repair your car, as the standard that your car is finished to can have a massive impact on its value.

Restoration Process

You will also need to think about the restoration process and whether you have the right kind of expertise to carry out the restoration. Restoring a classic car involves a number of different tasks including;

  • Body Disassembly
  • Suspension, Steering and Brake Disassembly
  • Engine and Gearbox Rebuild
  • Coach Trimming
  • Paint Refinishing

All of these tasks require a different level of expertise and knowledge to complete to a high standard. If you haven’t had experience undertaking these tasks before then you will need to take your time on the project. Your car will have a much higher value if it is completed to a high standard finish. These are also some of the most expensive parts of the project if you can not do them yourself, with paintwork often costing several thousand pounds per side for a professional job.

Restoration Services

If you don’t have a great deal of experience in restoring a car, then mistakes on the build can be costly. It can also take a lot of time to learn how to repair parts on your car and classic cars are often different to modern cars. This means that the knowledge you already have might not be applicable to the car you are working on. In this case, it might be worth considering a garage or workshop that offers restoration services on classic cars. This can be the perfect solution if you are looking to sell your car. Even if you plan to keep it, many companies will work with you to get the car restored and finished.

If you have a Jaguar E-Type that you are looking to restore, then we can provide the perfect service to meet your needs. Our team are specialists in working on the E-Type and have a great deal of knowledge on the car. We have specialists in each area of restoration to ensure that we only provide the highest level of service.  Make sure you get in touch with us if you are looking for restoration services.

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