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Classic vehicle restoration costs in CH?

A parking garage I walk through from time to time has an older American car (50s-60s) that has been parked for at least two years. I don't think it has been moved or washed or anything in that time. All of the tires are flat too.

Anyway, I took a quick look in the window the other day and it had a pretty interesting inside. I've never had much interest in the large, curvy, swoopy cars, but this one seemed different. I have no idea who or what the owner has planned, or what the actual condition of the vehicle is. From the outside, it appears to be either a project that was never started or was an old daily driver left to age naturally.

I see a large number of older cars on the roads and am wondering what it takes to get one on the road. Are there dedicated restoration shops? Standard labor rates? Is it hard to find someone that can rebuild a transmission or set up a differential? Import fees for out of country parts? Things like that.
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Re: Classic vehicle restoration costs in CH?

Make and year?

How about contacting the manufacturer (if still in business) and inquire?
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Old 18.01.2019, 23:46
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Re: Classic vehicle restoration costs in CH?

What is it, and what do you want to spend?

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I see a large number of older cars on the roads and am wondering what it takes to get one on the road. Are there dedicated restoration shops? Standard labor rates? Is it hard to find someone that can rebuild a transmission or set up a differential? Import fees for out of country parts? Things like that.
Figure about 150CHF/h for bodywork... 250 if you want it done right.
150ish for mechanical work.
Upholsterers can usually give you a fixed price for a specific job.
Engine work - depends on the engine, and the shop.
Add about 30% to parts costs (to cover duties and shipping).

There are a few dedicated resto shops, but most owners don't have restorations done here.

Transmissions and diffs I do myself. Only a few shops do this here in CH.

If you're looking to do the work yourself (or some of it), then you'll need to find a space where you can work (this is hard, and expensive, in ZH), figure in the cost of tools and materials, and be prepared to spend a LOT of time.

Your best bet is to buy a classic which has already been properly restored.
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Re: Classic vehicle restoration costs in CH?

It's often struck me that, given the amount wealth, there are relatively few 'classic' cars on the road here (I've also been jealously watching the latest Wheeler Dealers). I'd assume it's the restoration costs (and maybe the skills base)

Must be a business opportunity..
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Transmissions and diffs I do myself. Only a few shops do this here in CH.
I do them as well.

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It's often struck me that, given the amount wealth, there are relatively few 'classic' cars on the road here
Three of our bikes are legally classics (30+ years old), with another due in 3 years.

I have a friend who restores old stuff, mainly pre-WW2 Brit bikes and cars, though I did go for him once for a test ride in a '30s supercharged Cord. The guy we passed in the BMW was a bit shocked.

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It's often struck me that, given the amount wealth, there are relatively few 'classic' cars on the road here (I've also been jealously watching the latest Wheeler Dealers). I'd assume it's the restoration costs (and maybe the skills base)

Must be a business opportunity..
CH probably has more classic collectors than other countries. There are enough shops around to service them, but the Swiss don't generally buy the level of "restorations" that Wheeler Dealers do.

(And when they do, they moan when I say "Well, the paint is nice, but you do realize that the car is a banana, right? The engine has to come out to be done properly - but that will make it easier to straighten the shell before it gets painted... again".)

There are lots of really rare classics here.
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