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Classic car restoration for beginners | Lifestyles

They’re eye-catching, often exotic and always call to mind a bygone era. Classic cars are undeniably unique and their unrivaled automotive appeal has inspired legions of fans. That appeal also has compelled many to try their hand at classic car restoration.

Restoring a classic car can be a rewarding hobby, particularly the first time a vehicle emerges from its owner’s garage and hits the open road. Car buffs interested in restoring a classic car of their own can consider various factors before they lift the hood on this challenging yet rewarding hobby.

Time and Money

It’s hard to know if a classic car restoration will cost owners more time or money, but restoration novices should expect to spend a lot of both as they work to restore a ride to its former glory. CarsDirect.com estimates that a restoration done by a professional shop can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000,

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Pininfarina’s Classic Race Car Simulator Costs More Than Porsche Taycan Turbo

Pininfarina Leggenda eClassic Simulator (2)

Pushing the limits of a six-figure supercar safely (and legally) requires a dedicated track day, hours of practice, and a stacked bank account to fund inevitable repairs. With all that in mind, this exorbitantly priced Pininfarina racing sim actually makes sense. 

Pininfarina Leggenda eClassic Simulator (3)

Car Buzz spotted the Pininfarina Leggenda eClassic on RM Sotheby’s, where it’s estimated to fetch as much as $164,000. The automotive outlet points out that you could have a $150,900 Porsche Taycan Turbo EV for less, but the obvious benefit of a racing rig is that users can hone their skills at speed without worrying about ruining an expensive ride. 

Pininfarina Leggenda eClassic Simulator (1)

And as far as simulators go, the Pininfarina Leggenda eClassic is extremely unique in that it’s geared to replicate the experience of

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Classic car duct tape cupholder hack makes a splash

Check one more off the list of things duct tape can do.

A classic car hack featured in a story about a custom 1981 Chevrolet Suburban built by Hemmings for a charity auction has overshadowed the the SUV’s many custom features.

The piece chronicles a road trip by automotive journalists Mike Musto and Elana Scherr as they drive the green truck cross country and modify it along the way.

While the build included extensive updates like a new transmission and fuel injection system, it was a throwaway photo that caught the attention of car enthusiasts on Twitter.

In it, Musto is seen sitting on the driver’s side of the Suburban’s bench seat with two rolls of duct tape on the hump being used as cupholders.

Hemmings credited Scherr with the idea in this case, but she told Fox News Autos she’s seen it used many times by others and often

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Hagerty Teaming Up With State Farm to Create a One-Stop Insurance Hub, State Farm Classic+

State Farm, the nation’s largest private passenger vehicle insurer, will collaborate with Hagerty, the leading insurer of classic vehicles beginning in 2022. Classic car owners will be able to bundle their classic car insurance policy with their home and traditional auto insurance with State Farm Classic+.

“We’re thrilled this strategic alliance will position State Farm agents to help customers protect their classic vehicles while giving them an opportunity to connect with a community of car enthusiasts,” said Rand Harbert, State Farm executive vice president and chief agency, sales and marketing officer.

Both companies are already in the automotive insurance business. Hagerty is an automotive lifestyle brand and the leading provider of specialty insurance for classic, vintage and enthusiast vehicles. The company’s insurance program covers collector and classic cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, scooters, boats, motorsport vehicles, high performance track days, modified cars, classic and antique tractors and collector military vehicles.

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