Invisible Upgrades To Make Your Classic Car More Enjoyable To Drive


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How do you make your old car more driveable, more set-it-and-forget-it reliable, and more confidence-instilling on long trips without destroying the character that made you fall in love with it in the first place? We have some suggestions.

Some of these modifications will cost you under a hundred bucks, while others will run into four figures. Not all will be right for you or your car. We’re not advocating an all-out hot-rodding of your machine. Slamming, chopping, and supercharging are well beyond our purview. Rather, with the myriad parts out there for your old car, navigating the restomodding landscape can feel overwhelming. So we tailored our suggestions to be just that—suggestions meant to guide anyone unsure about which changes (some little, some more substantial) to make to their car.

Hardly any of our suggestions will take away from your vehicle’s classic visual appearance. And as always, we recommend you check car-club message boards, seeking out the model-specific experts who know your car best. If somebody has made a modification similar to one you’re considering and if they live in your area, maybe ask to do a back-to-back drive with your car and theirs. That way you can feel the difference without first having to plunk down your hard-earned cash on something you may later regret.