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The Best Project Cars For Beginners And Expert Mechanics

Updated 17 Jul 2020 445 votes 98 voters 4.3k views30 items

It’s a life-changing moment when hit with the glorious epiphany that one is a gearhead. A revelation so powerful, it's reminiscent of falling in love for the first time. Eager greenhorns and n00bs may find themselves wanting to jump headfirst into full-on project cars. That enthusiasm is wonderful and will get you through the late nights, early mornings, blood, sweat, and tears that come with any car restoration project. However, it’s prudent to plan ahead so as to set yourself up for success with starter project cars. One of the ways you can do this is by choosing good project cars for beginners that you can build fond memories with, over models that will give you nightmares. This list goes beyond just the top ten and has a great combination of fun, cool, and cheap project cars that will surely spark your interest.

The best, fun project cars for beginners are user-friendly, generally inexpensive, have easy-to-source parts, and an active community you can turn to for support and guidance. The model you ultimately choose will also depend upon your personal tastes, driving style, and budget. You might be looking for a drifter that won’t break the bank, a complete frame-off restoration, an off-road vehicle, or a customized daily driver. We’ve gathered the opinions of the internet’s most experienced gearheads to rate the best classic project cars and imports, awesome project muscle cars and trucks, and best first project cars for those just starting their wrenching journey.

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