Before & After: 10 Restoration Transformations That Blew Us Away

We know we’re not the only ones who love a good before-and-after transformation. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite before-and-after photos submitted by members of the Official Classic Car Restoration Club Community Facebook group to share some restoration inspiration with you. Check out these amazing transformations and let us know what you think in the comments!

1. This Ranchero that went from rusted to roaring.

Submitted by Facebook user Randy Luce.

2. This restoration that went from ho-hum to mean and green.

Submitted by Facebook user Warren Cameron.

3. This Celica that went to hell and back.

Submitted by Facebook user Mrdee Calunsag.

4. This road-ripping ‘72 Javelin resto-mod.

Submitted by Facebook user Eddie Freake.

5. This beautiful before-and-after bare metal restoration.

Submitted by Facebook user Callum Thomson.

6. This ’77 Celica that was given new life.

Submitted by Facebook user Joshua Wheeler.

7. This LeMans that went from hopeless to heavenly.

Submitted by Facebook user Joe Savona.

8. This funky ‘64 Impala wagon restoration.

Submitted by Facebook user Julio Vasquez.

9. This transformation from bare bones to bonified hot rod.

Submitted by Facebook user Paul Friedlund.

10. This truck that went from beater to beauty.

Submitted by Facebook user Mike Hayes.

These are just a few of the amazing transformations we’ve seen from our talented community members. Do you have a before-and-after transformation you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Be sure to head over to our Official Classic Car Restoration Club Community Facebook group to connect with fellow enthusiasts and share your photos. Your project car could even be featured in a future article like this one!

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21 Responses to “Before & After: 10 Restoration Transformations That Blew Us Away”

  1. Kenny Fox

    I had my car restored at Defenders Northwest LLC Gig Harbor, WA, but the service was unsatisfactory. The work was delayed, and some of the parts were still not functioning correctly. When I raised my concerns with the shop, they were dismissive and unhelpful. I would not recommend this shop for car restoration services.

  2. Michael Hensley

    All the Jaw-Dropping restored cars.

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  4. Ted Ramsey

    An El Camino? Really? You guys just lost a lot of street credit. Any real car guy knows it’s a ‘70 Ranchero. I may have to unsubscribe if this keeps up.

  5. Steve Bayne

    the '64 Chey wagon is a '65

  6. Eric

    Awkward !?

  7. Heywood

    El Camino???

  8. Richard

    Vehicle #1 is a Ford Ranchero, not a Chevy El Camino. Some experts you are.

  9. Tom Blindauer

    Love the transformation photos of the “Ranchero”. I guess some folks have never seen one?

  10. Joseph SantaMaria

    I think the first car is a Rancho not El Camino