automobile restoration is the process of repairing the degraded aspect of a vehicle and return it to "original showroom" condition. Restorations should be historically accurate as a representative example of the production model when initially released
A vehicle restoration is the process of reconditioning a vehicle from a used condition and returning it to like-new using either original or reproduction parts and techniques. Many antique and rare cars may not be able to have a true to original restoration performed because some parts may not be available to replace or to imitate fully. Yet with the proper research, they may be restored to an overall authentic condition. The objective is to preserve the historical aspects of the vehicle, its components, and assembly.
Restoration is sometimes confused with the term "restomod." A restomod has portions of the car as they were when the car was first offered for sale as well as significant changes (updates). If any part of the car is updated, the car has been "restomodded" and not restored, such as "a nearly stock-appearing vehicle that has been fitted with late-model chassis, drivetrain, performance suspension and other modern conveniences.
Value appears to be the main argument over which option is better than the other. The fully restored rare classic is often going to be worth more financially in the long term. But you also will spend significantly more time and money finding all the necessary, yet virtually extinct, parts to get the car back to its original form. The not so rare restomod car might not be quite as valuable, but will have a much better, smoother performance, brought about by the latest technologies. With the same beautiful outward appearance as the original or fully restored model, the restomod will also give you a more comfortable, enjoyable driving experience. Restomodding a not so rare classic adds significant value as well.
Both options are appealing for different reasons, so the decision between the two primarily rests on two critical factors: budget for the project and the desired outcome or purpose for the car. Should you have an unlimited budget and the yearning for a fully restored, collectible show car, then restoration might be the way to go. If you want a restored vintage car, but with all the power and modern conveniences of current models, then the restomod would be the better choice.
Whichever option is choosen, the project promises to be an exciting and personally rewarding experience for any car owner.