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Do’s and Don’ts of Modifying Classic Cars [Infographic]

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The Unusual World of Modified Classic Cars

What is a modified car? To purists, a classic car that is altered in any way is a modified car. For most collectors, a modified car is the result of an owner choosing to enhance its performance or appearance in some way. For the owner of a modified car, well – this car is like no other, a priceless possession built with creative sweat equity. One thing is certain: after a car is modified, it’s not the same as the day it rolls off the assembly line; often, it is better. We’ve put together a fact sheet on the do’s and don’ts of modifying a car. Share it with other car enthusiasts.


Classic and Modern

Whether a Rat Rod, Street Rod, Resto-mods, Tweener, Street Machine, Kit, Replica or Radical Custom, they all represent an owner’s willingness to change a classic from its original factory state. Many restorers strive to keep their cars “numbers matching,” but a desire for more power and modern conveniences wins out.


More are Opting to Modify Their Cars

Modified cars reflect a growing slice of the classic car world. With the scarcity of original parts and an increasing desire to drive these creations safely, more and more collectors are willing to modify their vehicles:


  • For instance, safety in pre-1960 cars is a big concern. Many of these cars have single cylinder braking systems - one leak and the brakes won’t work. Front disc brakes allow for more stopping power and better control while braking.
  • Classic cars do not absorb the energy of a crash the same way modern cars do. You want to keep you and your family safe to enjoy many rides in the future. Considering adding seat belts. Have an expert properly install the correct restraints for the size and weight of your car.

Redefining an Original

Preservation purists say that a car is only original once, when it rolls off the line. In these modern times, staying true to this vision is a tough and potentially expensive road to travel. Whether your classic is a numbers matching original or a modified muscle, the bottom line is we love all of our cars. They are part of the family and like all families, there’s room for everyone at the table.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Modifying a car takes creativity and hard work. Protect your customized classic with a customized insurance plan from Classic Auto Insurance. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and find the perfect policy for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.

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