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Buyer's Guide

There are many pitfalls when it comes to buying classic cars. Each car has it's own particular weak spots - either in design or manufacture - and Second Chance Garage's Car Restoration Buyer's Guide attempts to point out areas most likely to be of concern to help you assess the classic car you are about to purchase.

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1972 Olds Cutlass & 442

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1972 Olds Cutlass & 442

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
After Pontiac's success with the GTO, the Lansing Boys decided to make their F85 and Cutlass a performance car. Thus, the 442. …keep reading

Buyer's Guide: 1970-1974 Barracuda/Challenger RT

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
Plymouth stunned the auto world when they released their all new Barracuda in the fall of sixty-nine. The Challenger was Dodge's version. Here's what to watch for when buying these cars …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1970 Plymouth Roadrunner

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1970 Plymouth Roadrunner

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The Plymouth Roadrunner is a revered icon and collectors still pursue the Roadrunner with the same passion as Wile E. Coyote. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The Ford "retractable hardtop" was all the talk in the day. Here's some things to consider before purchasing your late '50s icon …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1972 Chevelles

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1972 Chevelles

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The epitome of the muscle car era, the '68-'72 Chevelles had lots of panache. And that's what makes them so valuable today. Here's what to watch for when buying one of these muscle car icons …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1975-1982 Corvette

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1975-1982 Corvette

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
If the sound of dual exhausts and swoopy curves in a low lying two seater is exciting, Corvette was made for you. The "Disco Nightclub" era Corvettes are a great way to enter the hobby at lost cost. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1976 Dodge & Plymouth A Bodies

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1976 Dodge & Plymouth A Bodies

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The genius of the Dodge Swinger and Plymouth Duster lies in the versatility of the basic design. Buyers could choose a basic commuter car with thrifty slant six or opt for the tire smoking 340 V8 in a swoopy fast back style body. There were enough options to customize the car to your taste and thousands did, making the Mopar A- body one of the strongest selling compact cars in its history. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1949-1954 Fords

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1949-1954 Fords

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
In 1949 Ford ushered in a new era of automotive design. The 'can't tell the front from the back' designs would change things forever. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1981 Firebirds

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1981 Firebirds

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
Second generation Firebirds were one of Pontiac's strongest image vehicles...it has appeared in more movies than any other Pontiac …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1964-1967 Chevelle

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1964-1967 Chevelle

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
From the beginning in 1964 Chevelles were superstars. They are excellent cars to enjoy the classic car restoration hobby and parts are readily available. …keep reading