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Resto-Mod Magic

   Have you heard about Resto-Mods?  These cars are getting lots of attention.  I hear they are featured in a big article in USA  Today this weekend. Some of you may want to check it out.

   Two of my writers have different views about Resto-Mods and I have been trying to sort out exactly what the term means.

   In my book (and one of the writers agrees) a Resto-Mod is a car that’s “Restored and Modernized.”  In most cases, the car will have a ’60s or early-’70s muscle car body, but everything else will be modern.  There are some Resto-Mods built with 1940s and 1950s bodies, too.  But they have crate engines, custom-fabricated frames, “dub” type tires and wheels and newly-stitched-up interiors.

   The other writer calls cars like this “Hybrids.”  He says they are not Resto-Mods.  To him, the “mod” in Resto-Mod means “modified” instead of “Modernized.” So he says a Resto-Mod is the same thing as a “modified” (which seems to be a general description to me).

   I need your help to pin down exactly what Resto-Mod means. How about it? What do you think?

“Gunner”

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