Benefit 1: They are cheap!
Due to the concern over environmental issues, with car emissions being a major contributor to global warming (and muscle cars unfortunately emit more than most) and the financial concern over the cost of gasoline (again, these old girls guzzle fuel like it’s going out of style), even cars in great condition (often not too far from showroom condition) can be had for bargain prices these days. Just remember if you do buy a muscle car as a project, or if you get something fully restored and ready to go, be responsible to the environment (and your wallet) by only driving on special occasions, such car shows, vintage car runs, or just that one weekend a month roar through those old country roads. This will have less impact on global warming and your bankbook, and has the added benefit of keeping the experience of driving your dream car special and fresh each time you take it out.
Benefit 2: It’s a learning experience!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about cars and engines, restoring a muscle car is by far the best way to go about it. The beauty of these old cars is there’s no high tech computer controlled engine systems to worry about, and many repairs and upgrades can be done by yourself from home with the right parts, a copy of the workshop manual and a little trial and error. Lots of online communities exist where you can trade tips and tricks, and local car clubs can also yield lots of advice from friendly fellow enthusiasts.
Benefit 3: You can get your friends involved!
Working on a project car is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your fellow rev-head friends, or even your family and kids if they are old enough. Put on a barbeque and a case of beer, invite a few friends over (after promising them a drive or two once the car is finished) and you can make light work of the most daunting parts of a restore, ie. sanding back paint and patching rust comes immediately to mind.