Should You Buy Or Build Your Dream Car?


Buy now for instant gratification, but patience has its virtues.

We totally understand that not everyone has the mechanical and technical skills to build a car from little more than the body shell. It’s a huge challenge, no doubt, but at least you’ll get what you want in the end. That is, of course, if you prepare a proper game plan before the build starts. In this latest episode of The House of Muscle host Mike Musto travels to California to drive this 1970 Chevrolet Camaro, called by its owner and builder the ZL-70. Nick Relampagos previously built what he thought was his dream machine, a restomod Chevelle.

Only once it was finished did he realize it wasn’t what he wanted. There’s a major difference between a restomod and a corner carving pro tourer. So he started over again, and bought the shell of a 1970 Camaro and went from there.

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He dropped a supercharged V8 under the hood, producing 682 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque, so it’s roughly similar in output to today’s Camaro ZL1. And this is where one must ask whether it’s better to build or buy? Say the final price tag would be about the same, and you had access to a top shop who could handle the build, would you still do it? Sure it takes more time and energy, but the end result will more than likely be worth it.

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