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How To Give Your Classic Car a Retro Look

By in Classic Cars

When we use the term retro, we’re usually thinking of the period from the 1950s to 1960s which was very distinctive in terms of style, and pivotal for the automobile industry.

So why not incorporate elements of retro into your classic car for a fun take on this hugely influential era? Think excessive, colourful and experimental and you’ll be on the right track. Here are some ideas for starters.

And if you are looking for a rustic vibe to your vintage vehicle, then find out how to patina paint a car.

Chrome Trim

Chrome is an important feature of retro cars, and was used to highlight design features. But if your classic car needs areas covered up, it can be a quick fix to hide blemishes. Popular areas for chrome include: the side skirts, the doors, handles and front grill. Chrome moulding on your bumper also adds an extra layer of protection. Chrome is decorative, adds personality to your car and guarantees to turn heads wherever you go. Remember to keep it polished though, for that extra shiny appeal.

External Sun Visor

A stylish (and practical!) retro feature that is easily added to a classic car is an external sun visor which can be fixed to the top of your windscreen by drilling small holes through the rain gutter, or with mounting brackets.

White Wall Tyres

A feature that was all the rage in the 1950s was white wall tyres. This is a strip or entire sidewall of white rubber. There has been a resurgence of late in white wall tyres through the application of decals, which can be added to normal tyres to give the whitewall look.

White Steering Wheel

A retro accessory that gives your classic car a fresh new look, especially if the existing steering wheel is old or cracked is a new white one. These were pretty common in the 1950s and suited the pastel shades, cars were painted back then. Personally, we think they’re much cooler than a boring grey or black wheel. You can order steering wheel kits easily off the web.

Rear Window Venetians

A feature of retro cars that is really old school, but still actually quite practical, is the installation of rear window venetian blinds. You may have to order these from the US, where Auto Venetian Blinds are commonly manufactured for classic cars. Plus the interior of your car will be a lot cooler, literally.