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Classic Car Restoration

Restoring a classic car is a truly rewarding experience and few things can surpass the immense feeling of satisfaction you will get when you take ‘her’ out on the road for the first time! It can, however, be an expensive business and, consequently, you will need to consider your budget very carefully.

Much will depend on the car that you are restoring, of course, and a sensible starting point would be to conduct an informal ‘cost/benefit analysis’. This will help you fix your budget.

In simple terms, it is about determining the correct amount of money to commit to the project commensurate to the anticipated value of the car, once restored. It’s much like property development in this respect. There is no point spending £250,000 renovating a property that will be worth £220,000 when you have finished and, likewise, there is little point in spending £25,000 to restore an Austin Healey that will only be worth £15,000 when you have finished.

There are those for whom money will be no object, of course, and also those for whom the sentimental value of the classic car in question will outweigh all budgetary considerations. But for most of us the budget must bear some relationship to the value of the car.

Once you have fixed your budget you can then set about the restoration itself. Needless to say, the more work that you are able to do yourself the cheaper will be the restoration but using a professional restorer is a realistic option for many, especially if you do the preparatory work yourself.

There are specialists in the UK skilled at restoring just about every classic car part that you will require. There are also manufacturers of new and reconditioned parts for the most popular of classic cars and so replacing a worn out part with a new one may be a cheaper option. Again, remember the ‘cost/benefit analysis’!

Choosing your restorer will be perhaps your most important decision. If your classic car has an owners’ club, seek a recommendation there. Some owners’ clubs also have their own workshop, for example, the MG Owner’s Club in Cambridge, and they will be the obvious starting point. Try classic car magazines and local shows too and, as with all such decisions, word of mouth recommendation carries a high premium.

Once you have chosen your restorer, agree the budget with them and insist that they notify you immediately should any additional work come to light. Again, keep in mind your ‘cost/benefit analysis’ when considering any further expenditure. Stay in touch with the restoration too and all being well you will end up with a classic car to be proud of!

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The forum can be used to exchange views, ask for advice or just to tell us about your car or restoration project.

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About Classic-Car-Parts.co.uk

Classic car parts are often hard to come by, particularly for those cars that are no longer in production. Whether you are restoring a classic British car or need a particular spare part to get your car back on the road, we offer fully searchable listings of classic car parts and accessories for sale on eBay today from all of the main British manufacturers.

Please feel free to browse our listings of classic car parts, but the ‘search’ facility at the top of the page is perhaps your best bet if you are looking for a particular part for your classic car.

Few cars evoke such a sense of nostalgia as a classic British car and many are lovingly cherished and restored to their former glory by devoted enthusiasts. The sight of a classic British sports car in British Racing Green, with chrome bumpers and wire wheels, will attract more admiring looks than even the latest Ferrari!

Whether you are a fan of the classic sports cars or the Morris Minor, if you are lucky enough to own a classic car you will know that replacement parts can be hard to come by. Our aim at classic-car-parts.co.uk is to offer you the solution to that problem! We have brought together listings of classic car parts in a searchable format. Many are in an auction format too so that you only pay the price you want to.

Please note that our listings are regularly updated so if you cannot find the part for your classic car that you are looking for, do bookmark us and check back from time to time.

We have included listings of parts for classic cars such as MG, Triumph, ‘E’ Type Jaguar, Mini, Austin Healey, Lotus, Morris Minor (including Traveller), Alvis, Aston Martin, Hillman, Morgan, Riley and Wolseley, all available for sale right now on eBay. We will be adding further categories in the near future too and aim to offer you a one stop shop for classic car parts covering all of the main British manufacturers and marques.

We hope you enjoy the video below on the history of the MGA…a truly classic British sports car!

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