Restored Muscle Car Purchase

Restored Muscle Car Purchase

I am in the market for a top quality restored muscle car. I have been looking on the internet (that's how I found you), but it has generated lots of questions. What I am looking for is a car that has been through a professional, high quality restoration. I am willing to pay the market price, but don't want to shell out an additional $20-$30K for "matching numbers", or for exact chalk marks or labels on the inside of the trunk lid. I want a car to drive (not to 'show') that is turn-key and is as close to brand new as possible, and that is as close to stock as possible. The engine, transmission, etc. don't necessarily have to be the original or matching, but should be period-correct and have been re-worked (this may be what is referred to as a 'clone'?). There are a lot of cars for sale out there, but is there any way to be assured that you are getting what you are paying for ? There are lots of consignment shops, and there are a few shops who own the cars themselves; there are also some that do both. As I said, I want a car to drive, but it is also a major investment. I feel as though I am trying to navigate through a mine field ! Understand that I am willing to pay for quality, but I am finding it difficult to determine where quality & honesty are located in this collector car marketplace.
Could you provide me with some information to know where I can be assured of a quality purchase, as well as places to definitely avoid ? Actually, if you could provide me with some specific places on both sides of this fence, that would be even better.
If you have any questions for me that would help you to help me in this regard, please do so.
Thank you very much.

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Believe231
Believe231

Yep, that site is the perfect place to start your research.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

try this https://www.hemmings.com/ Hemmings has been around a LONG time