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View Poll Results: Restore or Resto-Mod? Which preserves the value more?
Restore - Everything back to original 3 75.00%
Resto - Mod do everything or a couple of mentioned upgrades 1 25.00%
Do Engine Polishing to a mirror finish 0 0%
Change Exterior Color 0 0%
Chrome Paint Trim 0 0%
Use Burl Wood Instead of plain old wood 0 0%
Use the beige top instead of black 0 0%
use beige dashboard instead 0 0%
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Old 19-07-2016   #1
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Restore to Original? Modify it little bit?

Hello,
So I have a 1978 Spider. I am planning on restoring it, and I am wondering which would help it retain or increase it's value, should I restore everything to original or can I modify a thing or 2? I was thinking of:
1- polishing the Aluminum Engine to a mirror shine,
2- Chrome paint (not plate) the trim and bumpers,
3- do a bare to metal paint strip and paint in a modern metallic red/burgundy. Original color is green through
4- Get a beige top instead of the black one and use beige interior
5- replace the old wood with walnut burl
6- use a beige dashboard rather than black

What do you guys think? Restoration? or do the above? from a value stand point...

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Re: Restore to Original? Modify it little bit?

Can we have some photo's to see how much would be involved?

Ultimately it's up to you and if you change the colour you may as well do the whole project to how you want it to turn out.
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Re: Restore to Original? Modify it little bit?

Here are some images. Keep in mind, i'm restoring to sell not to keep it:















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Re: Restore to Original? Modify it little bit?

Value-wise, original spec cars will nearly always be worth more than modified ones. Depends if you're doing it to keep, or doing it to sell on. If you're doing it to sell, then you will be very unlikely to make more money than you spend, whatever you do.
And... why use chrome paint? It never looks good.
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