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have questions about restoring my 1973 450 sl?
ARGH!!! Where do I start?
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Having done a few restorations myself ('71 911S, '65 350GT), the first step is to decide what your end goal is...a "resto-mod" reliable daily driver, 90-point occasional driver, or concours show car? Then determine your budget - adding 50% in cost and time - as restorations always bring surprises (hidden rust, unknown mechanical issues, impossible to find trim pieces, lost bits/delays from subcontractors).

Are you going to do any work yourself, or do you want a turn key car? If you have a shop do the wok, do your due diligence and be careful to check out thier history - get references, and check them out.

I've learned to start out with a clear statement of work, outlining the goal, and then create a master task sheet and project schedule with estimated (i.e. get quotes) costs and delivery dates before I start. This helps avoid the all-to-common situation where the owner either never finishes the project or is forced to sell it at a loss due to higher than expected costs.

Good luck with your restoration!

Barry Mattingly

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