When a collector invests in a new classic car, the temptation can be to modify that car and give it some personality. But is that really a good idea? After all, once you pay for your classic car it is yours to do with whatever you want. If you want to, you should be able to go ahead and get a custom paint job or put some racing stripes along the side. Before you alter your classic car, you should give some serious thought to what you want to do and how it will affect your vehicle.
Why Do You Have A Classic Car?
Part of the decision as to whether or not you modify your classic car comes down to why you bought it in the first place. If you bought it to drive around and enjoy on the open road, then that is very different from driving it occasionally and putting it into shows. Driving puts wear and tear on a classic car and deteriorates the value. Modifying a classic car also deteriorates the value, but it is a great option if you plan on driving it for fun.
The Value Of Your Classic Car
Restoring a classic car is very different than modifying it. If you want to restore a car to show it or try to retain its value, then you want to use original parts and materials. That goes for everything from engine parts to the paint. The classic car world is a diverse place that contains collectors who pay a lot for cars in original condition, and those who pay a lot for restored vehicles. Restoring will add value in the eyes of many collectors, while modifying it may not.
In the world of show cars, modifications are both accepted and reviled. A classic muscle car with coffee can exhaust pipes and a flame paint job would go over big in some circles, and be scoffed by others. If your plan is to show your classic car, then modification is really up to you. It all depends on who your target audience is when you show off your prized possession.
The Capabilities Of The Vehicle
Is your classic car able to withstand the alterations that come with modification? Before you invest in that sexy new exhaust for your classic car, you will need to find out from an expert if the car can handle the exhaust. One of the worst things a collector can do is invest a lot of money into a vehicle and then ruin it with ill-advised alterations.
Why Is It A Classic Car?
If you bought a classic car because you love the way it looks, then there could come a time where you regret making modifications to it. Some cars are classics because they are rare, and those cars are best left as they are. Some cars are classics because of the way they handle, which means some modifications may not hurt. But if you love the look and feel of your classic car, then modifying it seems pointless.
The final decision on whether or not you should modify your classic car really comes down to what you want to get out of it. If you bought a cruiser, then you might as well modify it because wear and tear will eventually catch up to an older vehicle. But if it is for show, then you want to go the restoration route without personalized modifications.