Amazing Car Restorations: From Rust Bucket to Date Night Mobile!

It may look like a form of wizardry, but these amazing examples of car restoration are a result of the proper materials, hard work, and impressive skill. Still, it seems unreal that what appear to be rusty old frames of metal can be turned into a perfect reflection of the car’s past life. Take a look at these classic car restorations and the people who pulled them off.

Makela Auto Tuning

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Makela Auto Tuning is a company in Finland that specializes in restoring classic cars, which is evident based on the above before and after pictures. The original picture shows a hunk of junk, but the masters over at Makela Auto Tuning made it into a restored 1984 Toyota Celica Turbo #TC18.

If you click on the credit, you’ll be able to scroll through 308 slides detailing the entire restoration so you can see how much work went into such an incredible transformation. The insides — and, well, the entire frame — appeared to be rotting, but it was reborn again into what you see above.

Classicar Restorations Ltd.

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When this 1938 Buick was taken apart, it was revealed that the original car needed a lot of work, even though it had undergone restoration in the past. After the owner looked deep down below the exterior to see the repairs that were needed (in the first picture), the owner tried to start from scratch and completely restore the vehicle.

As it turns out, the “new” parts weren’t much better, so a lot of the parts had to be refurbished. Can you imagine that task? If you can’t, now you can at least imagine the restoration result, as it’s pictured above. This restoration is featured on Alan Bowden’s website, as he helped restore the cars and has been helping others do so for more than 30 years.

Rbenson on the Vintage Mustang Forum

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This person responded to a message board thread about restorations individuals had performed on their cars. Rbenson, a paramedic from Newaygo, MI, according to his or her profile, posted pictures of the work done on this 66 Mustang 2+2 GT.

To the typical person, that original car might look incapable of being salvaged, but to an intelligent, skilled Mustang enthusiast, the car was only a challenge, notan impossibility. It’s as if it was raised from the dead — and this wasn’t even done for a profit! It was based purely on imagination and determination.

David Wall Vintage Cars

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This has to be one of the most shocking examples of restoration success out there. Not only does the original “car” look beyond help, it hardly even takes the form of a vehicle in such dilapidated condition. Somehow, some way, this 1938 SS Jaguar was able to see another day — in style.

At this point, restoration is like art, as it creates something out of seemingly nothing. David Wall Vintage Cars, who is responsible for this restoration, started in 1977 in Norfolk and repairs cars like Aston Martins, Ferraris, and Austin Sevens.

Running Motors USA

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Surprisingly, the people who worked on this car didn’t just cover it with a new-car shell and call it a day. This is truly a full-out restoration of a 1956 Ford Custom. While the frame is intact, the car clearly needed a major makeover. At a closer look, it’s obvious the car was basically falling apart.

If you go to the Running Motors USA website and click on that model, you’ll see additional pictures of the beginning, middle, and end of the restoration process. Even with pictures, it’s still unbelievable how this car looks brand-spanking-new.

Conclusion

Only certain people in this world can take a piece of junk car and turn it back into the classic it deserves to be. As you can see, these vehicular transformations do live outside the world of Pimp My Ride. While everyone can’t do what these artists do, it’s definitely worth looking at the results other people have accomplished and admiring their work.

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