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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 02-18-2015, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Stock vs Restomod Value

I would like to get everyone’s opinion on stock vs restomod value. Well maybe not everyone’s opinion, otherwise this thread will be longer than the curved monte carlo bar thread. Let’s say you have two 67 A code fastbacks. You restore both to the 9’s. One is restored completely stock (maybe not concourse standards). The other you put in a 408 with an AOD, rear disc brakes and maybe a hood scoop. I know some of you will say keep it stock and I understand that. I’m looking to get a feel for the value difference if any between stock and restomod.

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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 02-18-2015, 09:54 PM
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depends on if said resto mod has a curved monte carlo bar
also been wondering are Forum cars worth more
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I'll take the stocker every time. Not everybody has the same tastes and appreciates someone else's mods. Of course, that's talking about "worth" as "resale value".
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Barti has a good point, but I'm in favor of a moded car IF it is done exceptionally well with high quality parts.


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I would say that a stock vehicle would hold more value generally. But, a well done resto-mod could be worth more if done correctly...maybe a lot more for a nice pro-touring car.

To get any decent return on your money invested in a resto-mod, it would have to be in clean condition...who wants to buy someone's old resto-mod with dirty beat down tubular control arms, a 347 that looks like crap, 17" wheels with bald tires and lots of brake dust, etc., etc...if that's the case, I'd rather buy a stocker.

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Depends on the crowd you ask? More likely younger crowd - resto, old - stock. Are exceptions but, generally.
Now me, being older, staying on topic, 67 A code fb, I say stock. For the reason I like perfection, but not over the top. I feel depending on what you start with, think going to stock is harder to do. Because in many cases, parts are harder to find or duplicate. Doing a "resto" you can deviate during the process if you run into a problem. Since I like a challenge, stock it is.

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I want the one with the straight MC bar!

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Would the work be done by a stock professional or an amateur rustomodder? An amateur going for original has a better chance of at least not making it worth any less. + Stock vs. restomod is getting too broad these days. The extreme from stock would be the pro touring cars, that when done right seem to go for up to 100k+ but those parts were awful pricey and I think they will have quite a depreciation for ones actually driven, and then try and convince an insurance company what it is worth!
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Give me stock anyday of the week!

It always depends on the quality of the build no matter what you do.

Just remember, It's always harder to restore something back to original than to restomod it out.

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As everyone else has said, depends on a lot of things. A concours stock will pull big bucks just because of the level of attention to detail, but a non-concours stock is not so likely to do so. Similarly, a more desirable car (i.e. the big blocks, GTs, etc.) will pull a lot more stock than a less desirable car would.

For example, my '66 fastback was originally a 6 cylinder auto trans. Fully restored to stock, it would not be worth over 20K. But as a restomod with a 289, 4 speed, 9" rear, disc brakes, aftermarket steering, A/C, interior upgrades, power brakes, and EFI it has been valued (by an appraiser) at almost twice that. If my car had been an A code before being modified, the stock vs. restomod values would have been much closer to each other. Had my car been a K code, turning it into a restomod would decrease the value.

In the case that you listed, the two cars would probably be pretty comparable in value, just to different groups of people. What modifications are done affects the value a ton. Some things - like stroking an engine or swapping to Pertronix ignition - are generally considered to be pluses, while others - like over-the-top custom fiberglass bodywork - are generally considered to be minuses. The more extreme you go, the less people want it (unless you're the Ring Bros).


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Generally, I would much rather find a stock or unmolested car than an old half worn out resto mod.

My car is basically a coupe version of Kelly's. It has a lot of subtle upgrades and modifications. In this case, I think it helps the value.

On K codes, big block cars, factory GTs etc, I think modifications would decrease the value.

I think extreme customs turn most people off, The Ring Bros included.


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Do you mean current value or future value? Currently restomods are all the rage, just look at ebay, super nice original fastbacks going for 40-60k, while high dollar restomods are twice that (at least asking prices). A well done restomod is cool, but give me a mostly stock mustang any day. Remember back in the day when everybody was putting super wide tires on the back and jacking the cars way up? Looks silly now. That's what a restomod is to me, very cool now but maybe not so cool in the future. A stocker will always be cool.

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When I buy a car regardless of planned use one of the first things I do is get shop manuals. If the car is modified (talking mechanically/chassis etc) I want to know what's there not a mystery.

Yes many mods improve the operation, driveability, safety etc. and I may mod myself.

As a buyer original, even to the paint (original not just original color) is tops, more likely to buy.


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When I buy a car regardless of planned use one of the first things I do is get shop manuals. If the car is modified (talking mechanically/chassis etc) I want to know what's there not a mystery.

Yes many mods improve the operation, driveability, safety etc. and I may mod myself.

As a buyer original, even to the paint (original not just original color) is tops, more likely to buy.
By the way I stated above my opinion as my current old self.
My first car I bought in high school was a 11 year old Ford with different engine, dual carbs, steel tube headers obviously dual exhaust and several appearance mods. Drove it once, loved it bought it and added my own mods.


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IMO, it would be hard to determine the greater value between the two, but the sale of a stock restore would appeal to more buyers.

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