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Resto Shop - September 2013

Interpretation Of A Restoration

Tony Huntimer Aug 14, 2013
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We see all types of Camaro builds at car shows. For our purposes here, we’re going to focus on the ones that appear to be mostly stock or restored. And of those, they run the gamut from stock to mild street machines … in our opinion. When talking to owners, they refer to their cars as restored, but we see aftermarket brakes and other modern upgrades. So we would like to share our interpretation of the different levels of what we consider a restoration.

Factory Correct: Restored to the nth degree as if it just rolled off the assembly line with the correct nuts and bolts and correct factory overspray. It also has the correct paint markings (not so many that it looks over-restored) and tags, as well as paint finishes, hoses, clamps, tires, etc.

Interpretation of Correct: Restored as if the factory had 15,000 hours to build the whole car. Meaning they had enough time to tape all of the edges before paint was applied and had all the time in the world to get a perfect run-free finish on every part.

Period Correct/Day Two: A Camaro restored somewhere between “factory correct” and the “interpretation of correct” with period-correct hot rod parts that could have been installed shortly after driving the car off the showroom floor.

Bolt-on Restoration: An original shell with less than 10 percent original parts. We see these built almost completely from parts ordered out of a catalog. The restoration parts are not exactly like the original bits, but they are close enough to be considered a stock replacement part.

We feel there’s a place for every one of these Camaros in the hobby. The fact that some guy or gal spent their time (and money) saving a piece of Camaro history is worthy of a bit of admiration.

Where does your Camaro fall in the spectrum of restorations? Are all of these technically considered restorations? Is it only the factory correct restored Camaros that deserve to wear the badge of “restoration?” We’d like to know what you think. Drop us a line at or leave your opinion on our Facebook page (

Special thanks to Brian Henderson, Joe Sweezey, Super Car Workshop, and the Tony Lucas Collection.

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