Many people like to buy a battered old rust wagon, work on it, and eventually turn it into their dream machine for the race track. Working on a car as a personal project can be an inexpensive way to do this, as you will be doing most of the work, if not all of it, yourself; although you should always have the car checked over by a reputable mechanic to ensure it is safe to drive.
There are many ways you can modify your retro vehicle for the race track, for example by fitting coilovers to alter the suspension, D2 brakes, and spoilers to make the car more aerodynamic.
Buying an older car can be cheap if you know where to look, and there are many online car dealers that connect people wanting to buy and sell vintage vehicles all over the country. We have put together a list of a few of our favourite retro cars to work on and turn into a race track roadster.
Toyota Corolla E20
The Toyota Corolla E20 was originally launched in 1970, with modifications made to the design in 1971 and then again in 1972, with production stopping in 1974.
The BMW E30 was produced between 1982 to 1994. The appearance is quite similar to the predecessor, the E21. Original E30’s have 2 doors, and are incredibly sought after cars to do up. They can be bought relatively cheaply and modified into something special.
Honda Civic (first generation)
The first generation of Honda Civic was produced in Japan from from 1972, with production halting in 1979. The 1976-77 model of Honda Civic is extremely popular for modifying.