1. 1965-70 Ford Mustang
Let’s get the reigning champ out of the way first. The Mustang single-handedly kicked off the ponycar segment in the ’60s and accelerated the muscle car arms race in a way that no other model can. In its first five years on sale, Ford sold over 2.5 million of them, which means there are plenty of surviving cars — and parts — out there. But if you’ve got Dad’s car that you can’t bear to get rid of even though it’s more rust than car, you’re in luck: Dynacorn Classic Bodies sells exact replicas of the classic Mustang’s sheet metal, and companies like CJ Pony Parts will sell you brand new factory-spec interiors, complete with hardware. Amazingly, virtually every part on these half-century old cars is still being manufactured, and can still be found at reasonable prices. With that kind of parts support, plus a bookshelf’s worth of how-to books and countless internet forums about how to rebuild them, a classic Mustang project is a great way to get into restoration.