A real opportunity for someone who wishes to create an original or in this particular case an absolutely unique Restomod.
In restoring old cars, those who wish to do so fall into the two distinct categories …
Firstly the detailed restorer where everything needs to be exactly as the car left the factory, including colours and trim along with the classic ‘matching numbers’ for mechanical components. This results obviously in maximising the value of the completed car within the envelope of the larger classic car business. In turn the car is either used for personal pleasure or as a dedicated business tool put up for sale.
The second route is the Restomod and here the potential restorer has an open specification sheet where virtually anything goes in the rebuilding of the basic vehicle, the body shell being the core. Some cars are outrageous but in the main, Restomods are modernised only in critical areas by updating brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and trim and of course a bit of sound insulation …basically making them good driving cars but keeping the overall Classic look in place.
This Station wagon can go either way…but my choice was to go the Restomod route…Keep the shell stock…no flared fenders but do the rest…mainly because that engine can stretch its legs and provide enough power to make a real stormer and a brilliant long distance cruiser.