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Understanding The Differences of Restoration vs Restomod vs Repair: Which Classic Restoration Approach Is Right for Your Classic Vehicle... and what are the cost?

Restoring a classic car or truck is a labor of love, but understanding the nuances and differences between restoration, restomod, and classic car repairs is crucial. Each restoration approach has its merits and benefits, catering to different enthusiasts, collectors and different financial budgets.

Restorations 101 and Cost Factors

Restorations 101 and Cost Factors

Automotive Restorations involve returning a vehicle to its former glory through advanced craftsmanship. Every detail is meticulously restored to factory specifications, aiming for authenticity. Enthusiasts sand collectors seeking to preserve a antique, vintage or classic for originality opt for restorations. However, this restoration process can be time-consuming and financially expensive, requiring patience and a skilled team. Jay Leno of Jay Leno Garage says, If you restore a car, and you're making money, then you're doing it wrong. Jay Leno through his YouTube restoration blog offers amazing videos and content articulating the difference between restoration and restomodding and repair:

Repair vs Restoration and Restomods

Repair vs Restoration and Restomods

Repairing differs from the other forms of restoration in money as well as time. a classic car focuses solely on fixing mechanical or aesthetic issues to make it functional again. Unlike restorations or restomods, repairs don't aim to bring the vehicle back to its original state so the financial cost is substantially lower. Repairing a classic car or truck is more of a straightforward time reducing and cost reducing approach, addressing specific problems without the extra expense of overhauling the entire vehicle. This is often a more cost-effective solution for minor classic vehicle issues.

Restomod vs Restoration is the Big Debate

Restomod vs Restoration is the Big Debate

A Restomod is often the most expensive when compared to restoration and far more expensive than repairing. A Classic Restomod blends the best of both worlds by restoring a vehicle to its former glory while incorporating modern advanced performance parts thereby the name Resto- Mod. A Restomod retains the classic aesthetics, but upgrades key components such as the engine, suspension, and brakes for enhanced performance and reliability albeit at a much steeper financial cost than restoration. Restomods appeal to enthusiasts who appreciate vintage aesthetics but desire a modern driving experience. But the buyer must be prepared for the added cost. Listen as SEMA Car Builder, Sabra Johnson discuss the financial factors in this youtube video on repair vs restoration and how they both differ:

Top Car Builders and Events

In Houston, Texas, renowned car builders like Sabra Johnson and City Classic Cars showcase their expertise in crafting exceptional restorations and restomods. Events like SEMA and auctions feature stunning examples of both approaches, allowing enthusiasts to witness firsthand the craftsmanship and innovation in the classic car world.

Whether you prefer the authenticity of a restoration, the modern performance of a restomod, or the simplicity of a repair, there is no shortage of options for classic car enthusiasts. Understanding the differences between these approaches will help you make the right choice for preserving and enjoying your prized vehicle.

Restorations By Sabra

16548 Stuebner Airline Road

Spring, Texas 77379


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