From Rust to Restoration: How Car Parts Can Revive Classic Automobiles


Classic automobiles are rolling pieces of history, capturing the essence of design, engineering and culture from their respective eras. But like all things, time takes its toll. Rust creeps in, paint fades and parts deteriorate. When manufacturers no longer supply the car parts to restore them, scrapyards and second-hand spare establishments take over.


These businesses offer the potential to breathe new life into these automotive icons, transforming them from rusty relics to shining examples of their former glory. But what is a classic automobile and how can car parts assist in reviving these automobiles? Today, the professionals at A.S.A.P. Spares explore the answers.


Car Parts for Classic Automobiles – How Old is Classic?


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Although there is no official agreed-upon age for an automobile to be deemed a classic, it is generally accepted to be anywhere from 10 to 25 years old, after which it becomes vintage. Vintage vehicles are typically judged to be between 25 and 50 years old and, following that, they become antiques. It must be noted though, that this is only a general rule of thumb and may vary depending on who you are asking.


At A.S.A.P. Spares, we believe that all our speciality vehicles are classic cars. So, if you own an Opel, Suzuki, Peugeot, Renault, Chevrolet or Citroën, and you are looking for car parts to revive one of these models from wreck to roadworthy, you have come to the right scrapyard.


Reasons to Use Original Car Parts in a Restoration Project


Car parts are the building blocks of any vehicle restoration project. They are the essential ingredients that bring a vehicle back to life, ensuring it not only looks good but also functions flawlessly. Whether it is a complete overhaul or a minor repair, the right auto spares can make all the difference.


They may be used, but original car parts have a vital role to play in restoration projects. Here are a few reasons why:


  • Maintaining Authenticity

Original car parts are crucial for preserving the integrity of your classic car. They ensure the vehicle remains true to its original form and retains its value. Reputable suppliers and specialised scrapyards like A.S.A.P. Spares are experts at sourcing quality original auto parts, allowing rebuilders, hobbyists and enthusiasts to find the perfect parts for their restoration projects.


  • Ensuring Functionality and Safety

Classic car parts go beyond aesthetics. Critical components like engine parts, brakes and suspension systems directly impact the performance and safety of the vehicle. Replacing worn-out or damaged parts with superior-quality used spares ensures the restored vehicle operates safely and reliably.


  • Perfectly Aligned Part Perfection

Used original equipment manufacturer (OEM) auto parts were produced by the manufacturer. This means that if part numbers correspond, they will fit seamlessly into your project. This includes engine parts, the undercarriage paraphernalia and body parts, with doors, fenders and mounting bolts aligning, and other parts fitting perfectly.


  • Enhanced Performance

High-quality pre-owned parts will be run-in and compatible with the parts already on your build. They will not damage the older parts that are adjacent to or in line with your vehicle’s parts like a new OEM part or a new aftermarket part might do. This may enhance the overall reliability and performance of the vehicle once repaired.


Come to the Classic Car Part Providers – A.S.A.P. Spares


For more than two decades, our primary task at A.S.A.P. Spares has been to procure and provide superior-quality auto parts to a dedicated and demanding marketplace. Our loyal community of classic car rebuilders and others have continued to return to us because they know we only purchase quality used auto spares and brand-approved aftermarket parts from validated auctions, reliable contacts and confirmed suppliers.


Regardless of the age of your classic build, if you require expert guidance, informed advice and excellent sales and support services, contact us. We’ll help to transform your classic build from rust to restored in no time.