Sports Car Projects

If your old car needs a new convertible top, it'll add quite a bit to your restoration budget. But on a positive note, convertible cars require less bodywork and paint, so you'd save a little in the paint and bodywork department. And of course, open-air cars are just plain fun to drive!

This Fiat Spider provided the most 'fun per dollar' of all my old car projects. I owned this car from 2010 to 2013.

Fiat Spider restoration by Mark Trotta

1979 Fiat Spider Project

Fiat Spider Brakes

Fiat Spider Exhaust

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I regret that I didn't drive this beautiful XKE more than I did. But it was just too valuable. Besides, my feet were too big to operate the pedals with any sort of grace.

1968 Jaguar XKE Restoration

1968 Jaguar XKE Restoration

Jaguar XKE Engine Restoration

Zenith-Stromberg Carb Rebuild

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If I were teaching "Automotive Restoration 101", our first project would be an air-cooled VW Beetle.

VW Beetle project

Restore An Old VW Beetle

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Project Car Help

My E-book "Finish Your Project Car" offers practical tips to help you get on track - and keep you on track with your project car. Topics include planning, ordering parts, overcoming obstacles, and staying motivated.

finish your project car

"Finish Your Project Car" E-book