As motoring becomes more high-tech, more efficient with electrified drivetrains and boasts more connectivity, purists and enthusiasts yearn for older cars. However, older cars come with their own foibles, such as unreliable electrics, poor brakes and shoddy build quality. That’s why it’s no surprise to learn that restomods seem to be gaining in popularity with each passing year. A restomod is loosely defined as a classic car that has been restored and modified with modern parts and build techniques to be better than the original product. We’ve covered a few really interesting examples of this trend over the last calendar year. Here, in no particular order, are our Top 5 Restomods of 2020.

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Kalmar Porsche 797

Kalmar Automotive Porsche 797

Old 911s are often the starting point for restomods. We’ve previously run stories on the Theon Design 911, the Kaege retro 911 and best known of the breed, Singer. This restomod comes from an unlikely corner of the world, Denmark. It also comes with a very cool back story as it owes its origins to the winningest driver of all time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Read up more on the Kalmar Porsche 797 here.

Moto Technique Ferrari 388 GTBi

Top 5 Restomods of 2020

Ferrari’s 308 is the car that created an entire generation of Ferrari fans. Teens all over the world lusted over the 308 as they watched it on the small screen as one of the stars of the Magnum PI TV series. By modern standards the 308 isn’t quite the performance car many of us believed it to be as budding petrolheads. Moto Technique aimed to change that with the creation of the 388 GTBi. Learn about the extensive rework the UK-based firm applied to create the 388 GTBi at this link.

Volvo P1800 Cyan

Volvo P1800 Cyan

The Volvo P1800 Cyan is a restomod taken to the extreme. It is an indication of what happens when an OEM takes on the role of car restorer. Cyan was once the motorsport division of Volvo. The Swedish company has pivoted towards an interesting new direction, classic car reimagination. Cyan retains very little of the original P1800 in its new creation, which you can learn about by clicking here.

Totem Automobili Alfa Romeo GT

Totem Automobili Electric Alfa Romeo GT rear

Italian company Totem has completely restored and given the iconic Alfa Romeo GT a new lease on life. The small coupe has been fitted with a lightweight, carbon-fibre body, new suspension layout and, most notably, an electric drivetrain. Learn all about the Totem Automobili Alfa Romeo GT at by clicking here. Check out an incredible Lancia Delta Integrale restomod built by Automobili Amos.

Canepa Porsche 959

Top 5 Restomods of 2020

The Porsche 959 has been overshadowed by its contemporary, the Ferrari F40 (read our driving review here) for most of its life. As with most limited-edition Porsches the 959 has skyrocketed in value over recent times. Porsche specialist Canepa has given the 959 a new lease of life with the Canepa Porsche 959. The US-based company has uprated the suspension, added more power and improved the brakes. You can read all about it by clicking this link or on the pic above.